Jean-Pierre Melville: The Outsider at ACMI

Step into Melville’s noir drenched world of fatalistic heroes and smooth criminals.

Dubbed the ‘godfather of the French New Wave’ and driven by a love of 30s and 40s American gangster films, director Jean-Pierre Melville’s lean but vital oeuvre has influenced filmmakers across the world including Jean-Luc Godard, Quentin Tarantino, John Woo, Michael Mann and Johnnie To.

Tinged with the trappings of film noir, dripping with style and a sardonic worldview, Melville created a meticulous playbook on the moral codes of desperate men and cool criminals, while setting the gold standard on how to pull off a successful yet nerve wracking heist.



Coinciding with the centenary of his birth, this collection of essential Melville includes iconic films such as Le Samouraï, Le Cercle Rouge , Army of Shadows and a special screening of Melville mentoree, Bertrand Tavernier’s My Journey Through French Cinema.

Jean-Pierre Melville: The Outsider
16 November – 5 December 2018
ACMI Melbourne