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Jean-Pierre Melville (1917-73) made a total of 13 features during his 25-year career. His “sensibility” can be traced through such formative influences as existentialism, surrealism, classic American gangster films, poetic realism and the America author Herman Melville (from whom he took his name).

In recent years a number of Melville’s greatest films have been digitally remastered and re-presented in the Classic Restorations sections of the major European and American film festivals. This work has recently been crowned by the magnificent restoration of one of his greatest films Red Circle (Le Cercle Rouge) which screened this month at the Venice Film Festival.

The Ritz now offers a selection of six stunning restorations of Jean-Pierre Melville’s intensely unique cinema. It covers early work that influenced the French New Wave, two films which recall Melville’s own brave role as a combatant in the French Resistance during WW2, and key late-career works devoted to the crime genre with French icons Alain Delon Lino Ventura and Catherine Deneuve - films which influenced future generations of filmgoers including Quentin Tarantino, John Woo and Michael Mann.

Each film in the series will be introduced by leading Sydney film critics and scholars who will set the scene for an appreciation of one of the great names of cinema in the second half of the 20th century.

Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Introduced by Dr Jane Mills
Associate Professor
School of the Arts & Media, UNSW, Australia
Associate Editor: Fusion, Series Editor: Australian Screen Classics.

Bob Le Flambeur (1956)
Introduced by Bruce Beresford
Director of more than thirty feature films in Australia, the UK, Europe and the USA. Oscar nominee, double AACTA Award for Best Director.

Le Doulos (1962)
Introduced by John McDonald
One of Australia’s best-known critics. He writes a weekly art column for the Sydney Morning Herald, a weekly film column for the Australian Financial Review, and contributes to a wide range of local and international publications.

Leon Morin, Priest (1961)
Introduced by Max Berghouse
Lawyer, film critic and film scholar.

Army of Shadows (1969)
Introduced by David Stratton
Author, Film critic, festival director and programmer, Television presenter, lecturer in the history of film, Continuing Education Centre, University of Sydney.

Un Flic (1972)
Introduced by Margot Nash
Screenwriter, Director and Script Editor. She is currently an Honorary Associate Teaching & Research in the School of Communications at the University of Technology Sydney.


Adult non-member$20
Adult member$12

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