Archive of films Code Name Melville / Sous le nom de Melville

France
2008, 76 min

Section: Tribute to Jean-Pierre Melville
Year: 2012

This multifaceted portrait of one the French film industry’s key figures of the late 20th century reconstructs Melville’s experiences from the front and the resistance during the Second World War, and analyzes how they influenced his filmmaking career. Rare archive footage and film clips round out interviews with, among others, directors influenced by Melville’s work (Tavernier, Schlöndorff, Kobayashi).


Synopsis

This comprehensive portrait of one the French film industry’s key figures of the second half of the 20th century reconstructs Melville’s experiences from the front and the resistance during the Second World War, and analyzes how they influenced his filmmaking career. Rare archive footage and film clips round out interviews with, among others, directors influenced by Melville’s work. Bertrand Tavernier, Johnnie To, Masahiro Kobayashi, and Volker Schlöndorff recall the creator of Le samouraï and Army of Shadows, as do his nephew Rémy Grumbach and critic, filmmaker, and actor André S. Labarthe. Portuguese columnist and critic Rui Nogueira, author of the book of interviews Melville on Melville (Le cinéma selon Melville), will be on hand at the Karlovy Vary festival to personally introduce the nine films of the Melville tribute.

About the director

Olivier Bohler (b. 1972, Marseilles) finished up studies in literature and film in 2000 with a doctoral thesis on Jean-Pierre Melville. He is also an acknowledged specialist on Pier Paolo Pasolini, and he has written numerous essays and magazine articles touching on the history of film. Since 2005 he has written scripts for various French films and TV series, and in 2007 he cofounded Nocturnes Productions. Code Name Melville is his first feature-length documentary; at present he is working on a documentary about Jean-Luc Godard and contemporary art.

Contacts

Nocturnes Productions
59, avenue de la Résistance, 931 00, Montreuil
France
Tel: +33 148 598 039
E-mail: nocturnesproductions@yahoo.fr
www: nocturnesproductions.net

About the film

Color, DIGIBETA

Section: Tribute to Jean-Pierre Melville
   
Director: Olivier Bohler
Screenplay: Olivier Bohler
Dir. of Photography: Julien Selleron
Music: Jessica Lalanne
Editor: Nicolas Dupouy
Producer: Georges Groult, Raphaël Millet
Production: Nocturnes Productions
Contact: Nocturnes Productions

Guests

Olivier Bohler

Film Director / Producer

Rui Nogueira

Protagonist


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