Jean-Pierre Melville was born on October 20, 1917. He was a French filmmaker. He was born Jean-Pierre Grumbach, he later adopted the pseudonym Melville as a tribute to his favorite American author, Herman Melville.
He became an independent film-maker, owning his own studios, and became well known for his tragic, minimalist film noirs, such as Le Samouraï (1967) and Le Cercle rouge (1969), starring major, charismatic actors like Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo. Melville died from a heart attack at the age of 55 on August 2, 1973.
Melville directed Mr. Delon –
1967 Le Samouraï The Samourai
1970 Le cercle rouge The Red Circle
1972 Un flic