I'm dragging my feet deciding if I want to watch my Preminger tonight.
#55. Jean-Pierre Melville. I don't have a ranked list because he's not a director who's bowled me over, even though I can see the talent and skill in his style and he makes the kind of movies I would expect to love. I started with Le Samouraï and have watched 6 others, trying to find that one that I connect with. I prefer Jacques Becker if only for Le Trou, but in a Deathmatch I'd probably vote for Melville because his style is so distinct.
What I might do is a Marathon where I watch no more than one Melville a day. New films and rewatches. Chronological so I can watch his style develop. I'll skip Le Silence de la Mer because it's the one I remember best. So the list will be...
Les Enfants Terribles - NEW
Bob le Flambeur - REWATCH
Léon Morin, Priest - NEW
Le Doulos - REWATCH
Le Deuxieme Souffle - REWATCH
Le Samouraï - REWATCH
Army of Shadows - REWATCH and the one I'm least interested to see again, so I may skip this one.
Le Cercle Rouge - REWATCH
Un Flic - NEW and I haven't decided yet if I'm actually going to include it.