Jean-Pierre Melville

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Jean-Pierre Melville, born Jean-Pierre Grumbach (October 20, 1917 – August 2, 1973), was a French filmmaker. While with the French Resistance during World War II, he adopted the nom de guerre Melville as a tribute to his favorite American author, Herman Melville. He kept it as his stage name once the war was over.

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  • ''At birth man is offered only one choice—the choice of his death. But if this choice is governed by distaste for his own existence, his life will never have been more than meaningless.''
    Jean-Pierre Melville (1917-1973), French film director. Prologue to the film Le Deuxième Souffle (1965). Quoted in Colin McArthur, Underworld USA, ch....
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