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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 16, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, actor, assistant director

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Former assistant to Max Ophuls and Marcel Carne who showed considerable directorial promise with his first two features. "Life Upside Down" (1964) was a wryly observed account of a man's withdrawal from reality into fantasy and "Comic Strip Hero" (1967) used trick photography to blend the real world with that of a strip cartoon; both were distinctive and imaginative films that presaged a bright career. In the following decades, however, Jessua's output has been minimal. His later works, like "En Toute innocence" (1988), are accomplished, if unexceptional, entertainments.

Former assistant to Max Ophuls and Marcel Carne who showed considerable directorial promise with his first two features. "Life Upside Down" (1964) was a wryly observed account of a man's withdrawal from reality into fantasy and "Comic Strip Hero" (1967) used trick photography to blend the real world with that of a strip cartoon; both were distinctive and imaginative films that presaged a bright career. In the following decades, however, Jessua's output has been minimal. His later works, like "En Toute innocence" (1988), are accomplished, if unexceptional, entertainments.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Les Coleurs de diable (1997) Director
2.
  En toute innocence (1988) Director
3.
  Frankenstein 90 (1984) Director
4.
  Paradis pour tous (1982) Director
5.
  Les Chiens (1978) Director
6.
  Armaguedon (1977) Director
7.
  Traitement de choc (1972) Director
8.
  The Killing Game (1968) Director
9.
  Life Upside Down (1965) Director
10.
  Oasis (1956) Assistant Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Les Chiens (1978) Television Interviewer
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1952:
Feature debut as assistant director for Jacques Becker, "Casque d'or"
1956:
Wrote and directed first short film, "Leon la lune"
1956:
First worked in TV as an assistant on US productions shot in France and North Africa, including the series, "Flash Gordon"
1964:
Feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "Life Upside Down/La Vie a l'Envers"; film starred Jessua's wife Anna Gaylor
1967:
Appeared in a small role as a Vampire, also wrote and directed, "The Killing Game/Jeu de massacre"
1972:
First credited for music, screenplay, adaptation, and direction, "Shock Treatment/Traitement de choc"
1982:
Debut as producer (also director and screenwriter), "Paradise for All/Paradis pour tous"
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Education

Lycee du Parc: -
Jeanson de Sailly: -

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wife:
Anna Gaylor. Actor. Married 1961.

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