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|Also Known As:||Died:||February 12, 1979|
|Born:||September 15, 1894||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Montmartre, Paris, FR||Profession:||Director ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Enlisted in Chasseurs Alpins, served in WW I as second lieutenant and with Flying Corps as pilot
First film as producer, writer, actor and co-director "Catherine/Un Vie sans joie"
Sole directing debut with "La Fille de l'eau"
Opened art gallery
Directed first Franco-German collaboration "Nana"
Last silent film as director "Le Bled"
Sound-film directing debut with "On purge Bebe"
Artistic advisor, Theatre de la Liberte
"La Grande Illusion" banned in Italy, Germany and Belgium
Co-founded production company, La Nouvelle Edition Francaise to film "Les Caprices de Marianne;" bankrupt after one film
"La Regle du jeu/The Rules of the Game" banned in Paris (ban reimposed during German occupation)
Immigrated to US via Algiers, Casablanca and Lisbon
"Un Partie de Campagne/A Day in the Country" released (shot 1936)
Signed as director for one year by Darryl F Zanuck at Fox
Ended Fox contract
Signed long-term contract with Universal; asked for release after few days
Last US film as director (for RKO) "The Woman on the Beach"
Contract with RKO ended; co-founded Film Group production company (with Burgess Meredith); folded before any films were made late 1940s
First color film as director "The River"
Stage directing debut with "Julius Caesar" ( 2,000th anniversary of Caesar's discovery of Arles, France where play was staged)
Debut as playwright with "Orvet" (also directed; Paris)
Television directing debut with "Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier/Experiment in Evil"
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