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Born: November 21, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: director, producer, production assistant, screenwriter, second unit director

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The French-born Jeannot Szwarc honed his craft on TV, helming episodes of numerous series before segueing to the big screen. His features have often been overshadowed by similarly-themed movies, but his "Somewhere in Time" (1980) has developed a cult following.

The French-born Jeannot Szwarc honed his craft on TV, helming episodes of numerous series before segueing to the big screen. His features have often been overshadowed by similarly-themed movies, but his "Somewhere in Time" (1980) has developed a cult following.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Les Soeurs soleil (1997) Director
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  Hercule et Sherlock (1996) Director
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  Honor Bound (1990) Director
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  Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) Director
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  Supergirl (1984) Director
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  Enigma (1983) Director

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Formed theater group while in college
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Founded cinema club in college
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Decided to pursue career in film instead of attending a doctoral program at Harvard
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Worked in Paris first as production assistant, later as a second unit director
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Moved to Hollywood in the early 1960s
1967:
Hired by Universal as temporary worker; wrote 70 page speculative script
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Pitched script to NBC; network bought idea and put Szwarc under contract
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Served as associate producer on "Chrysler Theatre"
1967:
Named as associate producer on NBC's "Ironside", starring Raymond Burr
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TV directing debut, episode of "Ironside"
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Worked as TV director on series like "The Men From Shiloh", "The Virginian", "Marcus Welby, M.D." and others
1971:
Directed about 20 episodes of "Night Gallery"
1972:
First TV-movie "Night of Terror" (ABC)
1973:
First feature film, "Extreme Close-up/Sex Through a Window"; script by Michael Crichton
1978:
Helmed sequel "Jaws 2"
1980:
Directed "Somewhere in Time"
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Notes

"I'm obsessed with enchantment"--Szwarc in CINEFANTASTIQUE, Volume X, Number 4 (1980)

"Television is a great way of learning your craft because you have to make decisions very quickly, and hope the decisions are right. You have to be strong on concept, since there's no time to try things and change your mind later. Television is really the art of walking away. You're never going to get a scene perfect; it's impossible. What you have to do is be realistic and say, 'this is the best we can get.' But you can do good work"--Jeannot Szwarc

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wife:
Cara de Menual. Production coordinator.

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