Parker Posey and Melvil Poupaud in Broken English (Z. Cassavates directed)
Happy birthday Melvil Poupaud.
Named after author ‘Herman Melville’ by his mother. (via IMDB)
Slant Interview(discusses his new film the Great Game)
Although he may be too introverted to gain status as an international superstar, Melvil Poupaud admits he’s content to let independent and auteur-driven films shape his career. He made his screen debut in Raúl Ruiz’s City of Pirates at age nine, after which his maturation on screen came at the hands of some of world cinema’s most accomplished directors, among them Eric Rohmer (A Summer’s Tale), François Ozon (Time to Leave), and Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale), and Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways). Even in his work for American filmmakers like Zoe Cassavetes (Broken English) and Angelina Jolie (By the Sea), there’s a sense that his aura, a charismatic mix of intelligence and apprehension, is a kind of inspirational force.
Laurence Anyways directed by Xavier Dolan.
Time to Leave (starring with Jeanne Moreau) (Melvil was directed twice by Francois Ozon, Time to Leave and Hideaway).
Melville as a child actor made his first film “City of Pirates” directed by Raul Ruiz
A Summer’s Tale by Eric Rohmer
(documentary of the making of A Summer’s Tale showed Rohmer’s interests in local music and culture).