Alain Jessua

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Former assistant to Max Ophuls and Marcel Carne who showed considerable directorial promise with his first two features. "Life Upside Down" (1964) was a wryly observed account of a man's withdrawal from reality into ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1932 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Writer (12)

Les Coleurs de diable 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

En toute innocence 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

En toute innocence 1991 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Frankenstein 90 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Paradis pour tous 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Chiens 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Chiens 1977 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Armaguedon 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Traitement de choc 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Traitement de choc 1971 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Killing Game 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Life Upside Down 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (9)

Les Coleurs de diable 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

En toute innocence 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Frankenstein 90 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Paradis pour tous 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Chiens 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Armaguedon 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Traitement de choc 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Killing Game 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Life Upside Down 1963 (Movie)

(Director)
Production Management (4)

Lola Montes 1955 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Mam'zelle Nitouche 1954 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

The Earrings of Madame De... 1954 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Casque d'or 1951 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Producer (3)

En toute innocence 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Frankenstein 90 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Paradis pour tous 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Les Chiens 1977 (Movie)

Television Interviewer (Actor)

The Killing Game 1966 (Movie)

Vampire (Actor)
Music (1)

Traitement de choc 1971 (Movie)

(Music)
Other (1)

Paradis pour tous 1981 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

Former assistant to Max Ophuls and Marcel Carne who showed considerable directorial promise with his first two features. "Life Upside Down" (1964) was a wryly observed account of a man's withdrawal from reality into fantasy and "Comic Strip Hero" (1967) used trick photography to blend the real world with that of a strip cartoon; both were distinctive and imaginative films that presaged a bright career. In the following decades, however, Jessua's output has been minimal. His later works, like "En Toute innocence" (1988), are accomplished, if unexceptional, entertainments.

Relationships

Anna Gaylor

Wife
married 1961

EDUCATION

Jeanson de Sailly

Paris

Lycee du Parc

Paris
did not graduate

Milestones

1982

Debut as producer (also director and screenwriter), "Paradise for All/Paradis pour tous"

1972

First credited for music, screenplay, adaptation, and direction, "Shock Treatment/Traitement de choc"

1967

Appeared in a small role as a Vampire, also wrote and directed, "The Killing Game/Jeu de massacre"

1964

Feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "Life Upside Down/La Vie a l'Envers"; film starred Jessua's wife Anna Gaylor

1956

Wrote and directed first short film, "Leon la lune"

1956

First worked in TV as an assistant on US productions shot in France and North Africa, including the series, "Flash Gordon"

1952

Feature debut as assistant director for Jacques Becker, "Casque d'or"

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