Christian-Jaque

Director, Assistant director, Set decorator
Former film critic (for CINEGRAF magazine), poster artist and art director turned successful director. His feature output, beginning in 1931 with the medium-length feature, "Bidon d'or", has been generally light and ... Read more »
Born: 09/03/1904 in Paris, FR

Filmography

other (20)

Carne: l'Homme a la Camera 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Lady Hamilton 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

La Vie Parisienne 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Docteur Justice 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Petroleuses 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Marco the Magnificent 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Madame Sans-Gene 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Black Tulip 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Love And the Frenchwoman 1960 (Movie)

("Divorce") (Director)

Babette Goes to War 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Nathalie Agent Secret 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

The Law Is the Law 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Nana 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Si Tous les Gars du Monde... 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Daughters of Destiny 1954 (Movie)

("Lysistrata") (Director)

Madame du Barry 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Fanfan la Tulipe 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fanfan la Tulipe 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Josette (Movie)

(Director)

Les Perles De La Couronne (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Former film critic (for CINEGRAF magazine), poster artist and art director turned successful director. His feature output, beginning in 1931 with the medium-length feature, "Bidon d'or", has been generally light and much of it fairly routine, but Christian-Jaque was a skilled and supple craftsman with a piquant visual eye who at his best could tell a story with an adult grace and considerable panache. Among Christian-Jaque's most notable films are "Les Pirates du rail" (1937), an exciting railroad melodrama which compares well with Hollywood action standards; the offbeat and poetic "Les Disparus de Saint Agil/Boys' School" (1938) with surrealist touches and a sense of childhood fantasy peppering an unusual mix of satire and murder mystery set at a boys school; "L'Assassinat de Pere Noel/Who Killed Santa Claus?" (1941), another strangely dreamlike film, with dark undertones, about the disappearance of an elderly storytelling mapmaker; and "Boule de suif" (1945), a handsomely wrought and intelligent retelling of Guy de Maupassant's story of the disparate effects a prostitute has on a motley group of people traveling by coach updated to WWII.

After the war Christian-Jaque made what was perhaps his best remembered (and certain one of his most popular films), the very highly regarded spoof of swashbuckling movies and heroic posturing, "Fanfan-la Tulipe/Fanfan the Tulip" (1952). From 1950 until 1961, Christian-Jaque became one of France's most commercially successful directors, concocting quite popular, elaborate costume extravaganzas and period romances, filmed in lush color, which feature voluptuous international actresses. Throughout his career he proved to be a fine director of actors, eliciting fine work from such talented players as Fernandel, Erich von Stroheim, Harry Baur, Jean-Louis Barrault, Micheline Presle, Louis Jouvet, Marguerite Moreno, Viveca Lindfors, Michel Auclair, Gerard Philipe, Edwige Feuillere, Pierre Brasseur, Yves Montand, Gina Lollobrigida and Brigitte Bardot. His career slipped a bit as the 60s progressed and in the 1970s he concentrated more on TV work, but Christian-Jaque made occasional features right up until his 1980 documentary portrait of fellow French filmmaker Marcel Carne, "Carne: L'Homme a la camera/Carne: The Man Behind the Camera". Three of his five marriages were to actresses: Simone Renat, Renee Faure and popular 50s star Martine Carol, with whom he made a number of films.

Relationships

Josephine Maudet

Mother

Laurence Christol

Wife
Married 1961 Divorced

Renee Faure

Wife
No longer together

Edouard Maudet

Father

EDUCATION

Ecole des Beaux Arts

Paris

Ecole des Arts Decoratifs

College Rollin

Paris

Milestones

1985

Directed last film, "Carne, l'Homme a la Camera/Carne, the Man Behind the Camera", a documentary profile of filmmaker Marcel Carne

1970

Worked primarily in television in the 1970s after making "Les petroleuses/The Legend of Frenchie King"

1933

Feature film directorial debut, "Ademar Lampiot" (co-directed with Paul Mesnier)

1931

Film directing debut with medium-length featurette, "Bidon d'or/The Golden Drum"

1927

Wrote film criticism for "Le Gaulois" and co-founded the magazine, "Cinegraf"

1926

First film as poster designer

Worked as assistant to director Julien Duvivier and was art director on films by Duvivier, Henri Roussel and Andre Hugon

Returned to feature films to make "Docteur Justice/Doctor Justice" (1975) and "La Vie Parisienne/Parisian Life" (1977)

Bonus Trivia

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Christian-Jaque was a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.

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As poster designer, his collaborator was named Jaque and they adopted the joint pseudonyn, "Christian-Jaque" agreeing that it would be kept by which ever one attained celebrity first.

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Awarded Croix de Guerre for services to wartime Resistance.

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