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Also Known As: Died: February 21, 1960
Born: September 15, 1906 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: Writer ...
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Through family connections met Jean Renoir and became friends
1929:
Film acting debut in Jean Renoir's "Le bled"
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Prior to 1930, worked in battery factory, also as baggage supervisor on CGT line between NYC and Le Havre
1932:
Worked as assistant director on 13 Jean Renoir films (also acted in some)
1935:
With Pierre Prevert co-directed the short comedy "Le commissaire est bon enfant/Le gendrame est sans pitie" (also co-writer; actor)
1935:
Reportedly made the five-reel "Tete de turc" but later refused to acknowledge it as his work
1938:
Made short documentary of the Communist Party Congress at Arles
1939:
Began working on "L'Or du Christobel/The Gold of Christobel"; abandoned when WWII began; later repudiated his association with the project
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Spent more than a year in a German prisoner-of-war-camp
1942:
Feature directing and co-writing debut, "Dernier Atout/The Last Trump"; first of three films made during the German Occupation of France
1945:
Last film under the German Occupation, "Falbalas/Paris Fills"
1947:
First of three postwar comedies, "Antoine et Antoinette"
1951:
Enjoyed success with the light comedy "Edouard et Caroline"
1952:
Made what many consider his masterpiece, "Casque d'or/Golden Helmet/Golden Marie"
1954:
Helmed the noirish "Touchez pas au Grisbi/Honor Among Thieves"
1954:
Directed the lavish "Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs"
1956:
Helmed "Les Aventures d'Arsene Lupin", about a gentleman thief
1957:
Made the biopic "Montparnasse 19/The Lovers of Montparnasse", about Modigliani
1960:
Final film, "Le Trou/The Night Watch/The Hole"

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