Eugene Lourie


Production Designer

About

Birth Place
Russia
Born
April 08, 1903
Died
May 26, 1991
Cause of Death
Complications From Stroke

Biography

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 Illusi...

Family & Companions

Laure Lourie
Wife

Bibliography

"My Work in Films"
Eugene Lourie (1985)

Biography

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 films including "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" (1953) and "The Colossus of New York" (1958).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Gorgo (1961)
Director
The Giant Behemoth (1959)
Director
The Colossus of New York (1958)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Breathless (1983)

Writer (Feature Film)

Gorgo (1961)
Story
The Giant Behemoth (1959)
Screenwriter
Revolt in the Big House (1958)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)
Associate prod (see note)

Art Director (Feature Film)

Bronco Billy (1980)
Art Director
Lacy and the Mississippi Queen (1978)
Art Director
The Amazing Captain Nemo (1978)
Art Director
Time Travelers (1976)
Art Director
What Are Best Friends For? (1973)
Art Director
Eliza's Horoscope (1972)
Art Director
Haunts of the Very Rich (1972)
Art Director
Kung Fu (1972)
Art Director
The Delphi Bureau (1972)
Art Director
What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)
Art Director
Death Takes a Holiday (1971)
Art Director
Custer of the West (1968)
Art Director
Bikini Paradise (1967)
Art Director
Crack in the World (1965)
Art Director
The Strangler (1964)
Art Director
Shock Corridor (1963)
Art Director
Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)
Art Director
So This Is Paris (1955)
Art Director
The Diamond Queen (1953)
Production Design
Limelight (1953)
Art Director
The River (1951)
Production Design
A Woman's Vengeance (1948)
Art Director
Song of Scheherazade (1947)
Art Director
The Long Night (1947)
Production Design
The House of Fear (1945)
Art Director
The Southerner (1945)
Production Design
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)
Art Director
This Love of Ours (1945)
Art Director
The French Way (1945)
Art Direction
Three Russian Girls (1944)
Art Director
The Impostor (1944)
Art Director
In Society (1944)
Art Director
This Land Is Mine (1943)
Production Design
Sahara (1943)
Associate (Art Direction)
The Rules of the Game (1939)
Art Director
La Bete Humaine (1938)
Art Director
Grand Illusion (1937)
Art Director
Le Messager (1937)
Art Direction
Sous les yeux de l'Occident (1936)
Art Direction
Aventure a Paris (1936)
Art Direction
The Lower Depths (1936)
Art Direction
Hommes nouveaux, Les (1936)
Art Direction
Baccara (1935)
Art Direction
Jeanne (1934)
Art Direction
La Petite Sauvage (1934)
Art Direction

Costume-Wardrobe (Feature Film)

Jeanne (1934)
Costumes
La Petite Sauvage (1934)
Costumes

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

Crack in the World (1965)
Special Effects Director

Art Department (Feature Film)

Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951)
Sets

Production Designer (Feature Film)

A Whale For The Killing (1981)
Production Designer
An Enemy Of The People (1978)
Production Designer
Burnt Offerings (1976)
Production Designer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Napoleon (1955)
Technical Advisor
The Desert Song (1943)
Technical Advisor

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

If Paris Were Told To Us (1956)
Other

Art Director (Special)

Chaplin Today: Limelight (2003)
Art Direction
The Return of Captain Nemo (1978)
Art Direction

Life Events

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

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

Photo Collections

The Giant Behemoth - Lobby Cards
Here are several lobby cards from The Giant Behemoth (1959), featuring stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, The - The Meat Still Edible Shared billing on the office door introducing Prof. Elson (Cecil Kellaway) and assistant Lee (Paula Raymond) in paleontology, receiving nuclear scientist Nesbitt (Paul Christian), who thinks he saw a dinosaur, in The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, 1953.
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, The - What's Your Reading? Nuclear scientists Nesbitt (Paul Christian) and Ritchie (Ross Elliott) gathering data after their Arctic nuclear test, the latter of whom gets into trouble after sighting Ray Harryhausen's monster, in The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, 1953.
Giant Behemoth, The (1959) - From Fish To Bigger Fish Nice alacrity, opening with the nukes and a lecture from Gene Evans in academic mode, as California marine biologist Steve Karnes at a conferenc in London, with brief interruptions, by Leonard Sachs then Andre Morrell as Brit professor Bickford, in The Giant Behemoth, 1959.
Giant Behemoth, The (1959) - The Best Fisherman In All Cornwall Writer-director Eugene Lourie banks on folksy Cornish charm, with Henry Vidon and Leigh Madison as fisherman Tom and daughter Jean, unrelated, as far as we know, to worried nuclear scientists back in London, parting on the coast before something odd transpires, turning to townsman John (John Turner), early in The Giant Behemoth, 1959.
Giant Behemoth, The (1959) - Ferry Approach, SE18 Entirely real setting, after weird nuclear events all along the southern coast of England and assurances that the Thames estuary is at no risk, shooting at the Woolwich Ferry in East London, just past Greenwich, the monster, in miniature, looking like a legit aquatic dinosaur, finally appears, supervised by Willis O’Brien but under-financed, with no dialogue and none of the principal actors, in The Giant Behemoth, 1959.
Rules Of The Game (1939) - I Did All This For Her Opening scenes, radio reporter (Lise Eline) chasing Lindbergh-y hero Andre' (Roland Toutain) on his landing in Paris, greeted by friend Octave (Jean Renoir, the director), his beloved Christine (Nora Gregor) listening, with her maid (Paulette Dubost), from Rules Of The Game, 1939.
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, The - No Second Chance Following the credits, narrated portent and loud Arctic nuclear experiment, from the Cold War Sci-Fi thriller The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, featuring Ray Harryhausen effects.
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, The - Throughout History Shrink Ingersoll (King Donovan) is introduced to hospitalized Nesbitt (Paul Christian), whose commander Evans (Kenneth Tobey) then drops by, all convinced he's imagining Ray Harryhausen's Arctic monster, shortly seen, in The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, 1953.
River, The (1951) - It Brought A Young Man Further exposition, June Hillman reading from Rumer Godden's novel, from the perspective of young Harriet (Patricia Walter), emphasis this time on Valerie (Adrienne Corri), the parents (Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight) and especially Nan (Suprova Mukerjee), early in Jean Renoir's The River, 1951.
River, The (1951) - Hindus Believe In One God Narration by June Hillman, in the voice of author Rumer Godden and the character Harriet (Patricia Walters), continues, as director Jean Renoir depicts the Indian festival Diwali, Thomas E. Breen as visiting "Captain John," in The River, 1951.
River, The (1951) - The Story Of My First Love Narration by June Hillman, text from the novel by Rumer Godden, cinematography by the director's nephew Claude, shooting on location on the Hooghly river in West Bengal, north of Calcutta, India, opening Jean Renoir's celebrated The River, 1951.
Burnt Offerings (1976) - Damn It I Won't! Marian (Karen Black) assures Aunt Elizabeth (Bette Davis) that it's okay for her to take a nap, but leads to a surprise, in director Dan Curtis' Burnt Offerings, 1976.

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Family

Anita Bigelow
Daughter

Companions

Laure Lourie
Wife

Bibliography

"My Work in Films"
Eugene Lourie (1985)