Jean-Pierre Melville is called Melville because he really liked Moby Dick and apparently the French Resistance just let you pick your own codename because anti-fascism.
His 1956 film Bob le Flambeur is a French gangster film that is often called a precursor to the French New Wave, but Pat and I aren't buying it. It's a mediocre genre film in a genre of which we've seen better examples. Commentary suggests that Melville is masterful in this particular type of film. I look forward to seeing more from him, then, but this doesn't connect.