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.
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First screenwriting and acting credit for feature "L'Affaire est dans le Sac"
Collaborated with Jean Renoir on "The crime of Monsieur Lange"
Co-wrote songs, as well as scripting, the feature, "Le Soleil a toujours Raison"
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"
"Autumn Leaves" used as title song of Robert Aldrich's "Autumn Leaves"
Last screenplay and songwriting effort for feature "Le Roi et l'oiseau"