Le silence de la mer

Le silence de la mer

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1949 • France

Jean-Pierre Melville began his superb feature filmmaking career with this powerful adaptation of an influential underground novel written during the Nazi occupation of France. A cultured, naively idealistic German officer is billeted in the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece; their response to his presence - their only form of resistance - is complete silence. Constructed with elegant minimalism and shot, by the legendary Henri Decae, with hushed eloquence, LE SILENCE DE LA MER points the way toward Melville's later films about resistance and the occupation (LÉON MORIN, PRIEST; ARMY OF SHADOWS) yet remains a singularly eerie masterwork in its own right.

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Le silence de la mer
  • Le silence de la mer

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1949 • France

    Jean-Pierre Melville began his superb feature filmmaking career with this powerful adaptation of an influential underground novel written during the Nazi occupation of France. A cultured, naively idealistic German officer is billeted in the home o...

Extras

  • Code Name Melville

    This 2008 documentary by Olivier Bohler delves into the World War II experiences of Jean-Pierre Grumbach—who would take the nom de guerre Jean-Pierre Melville—and how they affected his later filmmaking career.

  • Melville Steps Out of the Shadows

    This 2010 documentary by Pierre-Henri Gibert chronicles the making of LE SILENCE DE LA MER and features interviews with actor Nicole Stéphane, filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff, cinematographer Pierre Lhomme, and Rui Nogueira, author of “Melville on Melville.”

  • Ginette Vincendeau on LE SILENCE DE LA MER

    In this interview, conducted in November 2014, film professor Ginette Vincendeau, author of “Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris,” discusses Melville’s remarkable film debut.

  • “Cinépanorama”: Jean-Pierre Melville, 1959

    This brief interview with director Jean-Pierre Melville about LE SILENCE DE LA MER, conducted by François Chalais, originally aired on the April 18, 1959, episode of the French television program “Cinépanorama.”

  • 24 Hours in the Life of a Clown

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1946 • France

    Jean-Pierre Melville's first directorial effort was this 1946 short film about a clown and his partner, who find inspiration one day in the streets for their performance in the circus that night.