Jacques Prevert


Poet, Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
France
Born
February 04, 1900
Died
April 11, 1977

Biography

Noted French surrealist poet and one of the most influential scenarists of the 1930s and 40s. Prevert contributed to most of the landmark films of "poetic realism," collaborating with Jean Renoir ("Le Crime de Monsieur Lange" 1936), Jean Gremillon ("Stormy Waters" 1941) and, most notably, Marcel Carne ("Quai des brumes" 1938, "Le Jour se leve" 1939, "Children of Paradise" 1945). His last...

Biography

Noted French surrealist poet and one of the most influential scenarists of the 1930s and 40s. Prevert contributed to most of the landmark films of "poetic realism," collaborating with Jean Renoir ("Le Crime de Monsieur Lange" 1936), Jean Gremillon ("Stormy Waters" 1941) and, most notably, Marcel Carne ("Quai des brumes" 1938, "Le Jour se leve" 1939, "Children of Paradise" 1945). His last collaboration with Carne was on the underrated "Les Portes de la nuit" (1946), for which Prevert wrote the now-famous song "Autumn Leaves," used again in Robert Aldrich's 1956 film of the same name.

Prevert also collaborated in a more surrealistic, satirical vein with his director brother Pierre on three films--"L'Affaire est dans le sac (1932), "Adieu Leonard" (1943) and "Voyage Surprise" (1946)--which all failed miserably at the box office.

Life Events

1932

First screenwriting and acting credit for feature "L'Affaire est dans le Sac"

1936

Collaborated with Jean Renoir on "The crime of Monsieur Lange"

1941

Co-wrote songs, as well as scripting, the feature, "Le Soleil a toujours Raison"

1946

Feature "Les Portes de la Nuit/Gates of the Night" based on his co-ballet and including his famous song "Les Feuilles morte/ Autumn Leaves"

1956

"Autumn Leaves" used as title song of Robert Aldrich's "Autumn Leaves"

1980

Last screenplay and songwriting effort for feature "Le Roi et l'oiseau"

Videos

Movie Clip

Children Of Paradise, The (1945) - Paris Is So Small Immediately from the opening credits, the "Boulevard of Crime" is revealed, with the introduction of Garance (Arletty) and her first suitor Frederic Lemaitre (Pierre Brasseur), from Marcel Carne's Children Of Paradise, 1945.
Children Of Paradise, The (1945) - Open, Le Boulevard Du Crime Restoration credits and the elaborate opening from Marcel Carne's epic historical-romance-comedy Children Of Paradise, 1945, starring Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Marcel Herrand and Pierre Brasseur, from an original screenplay by Carne and Jacques Prevert, produced during the Nazi occupation of France.
Children Of Paradise, The (1945) - I Only Talk About Other People's Deaths Jericho (Pierre Renoir), Baptiste (Jean-Louis Barrault) and Silk-thread (Gaston Modot) are but a prelude to Larcenaire (Marcel Herrand) and Garance (Arletty), our for a philosophical evening in Marcel Carne's Children of Paradise, 1945.
Children Of Paradise, The (1945) - An Error Of Justice Still during the first scene on the "Boulevard of Crime," Garance (Arletty) sees the mime Baptiste (Jean-Louis Barrault) for the first time, then is accused of a crime, in Marcel Carne's Children of Paradise, shot during the German occupation of France but released after the liberation, in 1945.
Children Of Paradise, The (1945) - The True Authors Of This Crime In "The Man In White," the second part, usually called "epoch," of Marcel Carne's Children Of Paradise, 1945," taking place seven years after the first, around 1834, the now-prominent actor Lemaitre (Pierre Brasseur) has his way with a play and its authors.
Port Of Shadows (1939) - No One Likes My Face Panama (Edouard Delmont), at his waterfront hide-out, has just repelled gunmen who, he learns, were after Zabel (Michel Simon) who happens to be the guardian of Nelly (Michele Morgan) who, with deserter Jean (Jean Gabin), is among the outcasts on hand, in Marcel Carne's Port Of Shadows, 1939.
Port Of Shadows (1939) - Blue Monkeys Jean (Jean Gabin), whom we suspect is a deserter, introduced by friendly drunk Quart (Raymond Aimos) to nutty Panama (Edouard Delmont), who runs a dockside hide-out for those in need, including a painter (Robert Le Vigan), in Port Of Shadows, a.k.a. "Les Quais Des Brumes, 1939.
Port Of Shadows (1939) - Like Shooting Wooden Ducks Jean Gabin, as a soldier named "Jean," pops out of the fog outside Le Havre, picked up by a truck driver (Marcel Peres), opening Marcel Carne's Port Of Shadows, a.k.a. "Les Quais Des Brumes, 1939, with Michele Morgan and Michel Simon.
Autumn Leaves - Opening, Nat Cole Opening credits with Nat "King" Cole singing his hit version title song by Jacques Prevert and Joseph Kosma, English lyric by Johnny Mercer, from Autumn Leaves, 1954, starring Joan Crawford.
Le Jour Se Leve - A Man Has Killed Operatic opening, script by Jacques Viot and poet Jacques Prevert, credits, the victim (Jules Berry) and the blind man (Georges Douking), from Marcel Carne's Le Jour Se Leve, 1939, starring Jean Gabin.
Le Jour Se Leve - Beat It Or I'll Shoot! Police arriving following gunshots, first appearance of the shooter Francois (Jean Gabin) holed up on the top floor, early in Marcel Carne's Le Jour Se Leve, 1939.
Le Jour Se Leve - I Have No Parents The first flashback, Francois (Jean Gabin), having shot a man, recalls being on the job sandblasting, and meeting Francoise (Jacqueline Laurent), discovering together that they're orphans, in Marcel Carne's Le Jour Se Leve, 1939.

Family

Pierre Prevert
Brother
Director.

Bibliography