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Jean-Pierre Melville

1917 - 1973

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Jean-Pierre Grumbach (20 October 1917 – 2 August 1973), known professionally as Jean-Pierre Melville (French: [mɛlvil]), was a French filmmaker. Considered a spiritual father of the French New Wave, he was one of the first fully-independent French filmmakers to achieve commercial and critical success. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Pierre Melville has received more than 758,581 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Jean-Pierre Melville is the 103rd most popular film director (up from 104th in 2019), the 800th most popular biography from France (down from 737th in 2019) and the 16th most popular French Film Director.

Jean-Pierre Melville is most famous for his films, including Army of Shadows, Le Samourai, and Le Doulos.

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Among film directors, Jean-Pierre Melville ranks 103 out of 2,041Before him are Sidney Lumet, Michael Mann, Zhang Yimou, Sam Peckinpah, Ang Lee, and Marcel Carné. After him are Walter Hill, Mel Brooks, Joris Ivens, John Carpenter, Robert Altman, and David Fincher.

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Among people born in 1917, Jean-Pierre Melville ranks 22Before him are Sidney Sheldon, Joan Clarke, Kenan Evren, James Rainwater, Otto Günsche, and Joan Fontaine. After him are Zsa Zsa Gabor, Robert Mitchum, Algirdas Julien Greimas, Óscar Romero, Bourvil, and Robert Burns Woodward. Among people deceased in 1973, Jean-Pierre Melville ranks 39Before him are Selman Waksman, Jacques Maritain, Karl Ziegler, Luis Carrero Blanco, Walter Rudolf Hess, and Gerard Kuiper. After him are Amílcar Cabral, François Cevert, Taha Hussein, A. S. Neill, Lex Barker, and Dickinson W. Richards.

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Among people born in France, Jean-Pierre Melville ranks 800 out of 6,770Before him are Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile (1162), Marie de France (1101), Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse (1741), Henri Lefebvre (1901), Marcel Carné (1906), and Vincent Cassel (1966). After him are Maurice Blanchot (1907), Bernard Gui (1261), Saint Remigius (437), Léon Bourgeois (1851), Robert Nivelle (1856), and Inessa Armand (1874).


Among film directors born in France, Jean-Pierre Melville ranks 16Before him are Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943), Alain Resnais (1922), William Wyler (1902), Robert Bresson (1901), René Clair (1898), and Marcel Carné (1906). After him are Claude Lelouch (1937), René Clément (1913), Jacques Demy (1931), Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (1953), and Alice Guy-Blaché (1873).