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Also Known As: Died: May 26, 1991
Born: April 8, 1903 Cause of Death: complications from stroke
Birth Place: Russia Profession: production designer, director, painter, special effects specialist, ballet set designer

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This former extra and scenery painter began designing sets for the Parisian theater in the early 1930s before moving to the USA in 1941. Lourie did notable work for Max Ophuls, Robert Siodmak, Samuel Fuller and Charlie Chaplin ("Limelight" 1951). He is best known, however, for his many collaborations in France and America with Jean Renoir, most notably the art direction for "Grand Illusion" (1937) and "The Rules of the Game" (1939). Lourie's directorial work was confined to a handful of unremarkable, special-effects-laden films including "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" (1953) and "The Colossus of New York" (1958).

This former extra and scenery painter began designing sets for the Parisian theater in the early 1930s before moving to the USA in 1941. Lourie did notable work for Max Ophuls, Robert Siodmak, Samuel Fuller and Charlie Chaplin ("Limelight" 1951). He is best known, however, for his many collaborations in France and America with Jean Renoir, most notably the art direction for "Grand Illusion" (1937) and "The Rules of the Game" (1939). Lourie's directorial work was confined to a handful of unremarkable, special-effects-laden films including "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" (1953) and "The Colossus of New York" (1958).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Gorgo (1961) Director
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  The Giant Behemoth (1959) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Breathless (1983) Dr Boudreaux
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1919:
Appeared as an extra in some Russian films
1920:
Moved to Istanbul where he designed publicity material for the cinema
1921:
Settled in Paris; became scenery painter and assistant to art director Lochakoff at Albatros studios
1923:
First film as set painter, "Le brasier ardent", directed by Ivan Mosjoukine
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Worked as theatrical set designer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
1932:
First film as art director, "Pan!...Pan!..."
1941:
Moved to USA; designed sets for San Francisco Ballet's "Mephisto Waltz" (1947), "Persephone" (1948) and the Los Angeles production of "House of Bernarda Alba" (1948)
1943:
Served as production designer on "This Land is Mine", directed by Jean Renoir; first US film
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Directed five episodes of TV series "Foreign Intrigue" in the mid-1950s
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wife:
Laure Lourie.

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daughter:
Anita Bigelow.

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