Georges Franju

Screenwriter, Archivist, Insurance
Former set designer who in 1937 co-founded the renowned Cinematheque Francaise film archive with Henri Langlois. Franju made several gripping documentaries including "Le Sang des betes" (1949) and "Hotel des Invalides" ... Read more »
Born: 04/12/1912 in France

Filmography

other (16)

Le Dernier Melodrame 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Un Homme Qui Dort 1973 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Nuits rouges 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Nuits rouges 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

La Faute de l'Abbe Mouret 1969 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

La Faute de l'Abbe Mouret 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Faute de l'Abbe Mouret 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Thomas the Imposter 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Thomas the Imposter 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Eyes Without a Face 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Spotlight On Murder 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spotlight On Murder 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Therese Desqueyroux 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Therese Desqueyroux 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Keepers 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The First Night 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Former set designer who in 1937 co-founded the renowned Cinematheque Francaise film archive with Henri Langlois. Franju made several gripping documentaries including "Le Sang des betes" (1949) and "Hotel des Invalides" (1951), noted for their distinctive blending of the lyrical with the horrific; he later carried the style over into feature films such as "La Tete contre les murs" (1958) and "Eyes Without a Face" (1959). Although some critics placed Franju on the fringes of the French New Wave largely because several of his most prominent films came out in the late 1950s and early 60s, his work has steadfastly remained difficult to categorize. Major influences on Franju include Louis Feuillade, whose "Judex" serial he enjoyably and respectfully remade in 1963, and Jean Cocteau, whose novel "Thomas the Imposter" Franju filmed in 1965.

Milestones

1958

Feature directorial debut with "Le Tete contre les murs"

1949

Documentary film directing debut with "Le Sang des betes"

1938

Elected executive secretary of the FIAF (International Federations of Film Archives)

1937

Co-founded the Cinematheque Francaise (with Henri Langlois)

1935

Co-founded Le Cercle du Cinema Film Club (with Henri Langlois)

1934

First short film "Le Metro" (with Henri Langlois)

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