Henri-Georges Clouzot

Director, Screenwriter, Journalist
Once touted as the "French Alfred Hitchcock," filmmaker Henri-Georges Clouzot was known as much for his turbulent personal life as for his indelible contributions to modern cinema. After making his debut with the ... Read more »
Born: 11/20/1907 in France

Filmography

Writer (15)

Henri-George Clouzot's Inferno 2010 (Movie)

(from original screenplay) (Source Material)

Diabolique 1996 (Movie)

from film("Les Diaboliques") (Story By)

L' Enfer 1994 (Movie)

from original screenplay (From Story)

Woman in Chains 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Truth 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mystery of Picasso 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Spies 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Diabolique 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

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

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

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

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

The Wages of Fear 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The 13th Letter 1950 (Movie)

("Le Corbeau") (From Story)

Manon 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Quai des Orfevres 1946 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Corbeau (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (10)

Requiem 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Director

Woman in Chains 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Truth 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mystery of Picasso 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Spies 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Diabolique 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wages of Fear 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Manon 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Quai des Orfevres 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Corbeau (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

The Mystery of Picasso 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Diabolique 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wages of Fear 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

The Mystery of Picasso 1957 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Once touted as the "French Alfred Hitchcock," filmmaker Henri-Georges Clouzot was known as much for his turbulent personal life as for his indelible contributions to modern cinema. After making his debut with the uncharacteristically light-hearted mystery "The Murderer Lives at Number 21" (1942), Clouzot drew the ire of both the Vichy press and the resistance movement of occupied France for his grim drama "The Raven" (1943). Condemned as a collaborator, due to the latter film's perceived negative depiction of the French people, Clouzot was banned from filmmaking for life after France's liberation. With the help of such supporters as Jean-Paul Sartre, the sentence was reduced to two years, allowing the writer-director to mount a comeback with a string of well-received projects. His acknowledged masterpieces came in the next decade with the nail-biting tale of suspense, "Wages of Fear" (1952) followed by the claustrophobic thriller "Diabolique" (1955). A rare documentary, focusing on the life and work of his longtime acquaintance, "The Mystery of Picasso" (1956), and a psychological drama starring Brigitte Bardot, "The Truth" (1960), brought Clouzot into the next decade. By that time, however, the influential film critics of Cahiers du Cinema, had dismissed the established filmmaker's work as facile, unimportant entertainments. Although chronic illness and personal hardships kept him from regaining his vaunted status during his lifetime, history would soon place Clouzot as one of the most influential and important filmmakers of the 20th-Century.

Relationships

Vera Clouzot

Wife
born in 1920 married from 1950 until her death in 1960 Brazilian appeared in Clouzot's "Le Salaire de la peur/The Wages of Fear" (1953), "Les Diaboliques/Diabolique" (1955) and co-scripted "La Verite" (1960)

Inez Gonzales

Wife

EDUCATION

studied political science and mathematics planning for a career as diplomat

Ecole Navale

left because of poor health and bad eyesight

Milestones

1947

Returned to filmmaking with "Quai des Orfevres"

1941

Second feature, "Le Corbeau/The Crow" was banned after the liberation of France and Clouzot suspended from film activities for six months

1940

Feature film directing debut, "L'assassin habite au 21/The Killer Lives at 21"

1934

Wrote libretto to Maurice Yvain's opera, "La Belle Histoire"

1931

Joined Alphonse Osso's film company where he collaborated on film scripts, and worked as assistant to directors Anatole Litvak and E.A. Dupont

1931

Short film directing debut, "Le Terreur des Batignolles" (also co-writer)

1931

First feature as screenwriter (adaptor), "Un soir de rafle"

Served as associate director on four features, making French-language versions of German films in Berlin

Became a newspaper reporter for "Paris-Midi", then screenwriter and playwright in the late 1920s and early 30s

Convalesced from pleurisy in Swiss sanatoriums

Filmed concerts conducted by Herbert Von Karajan for television

Served as secretary to politicians Louis Marin and Rene Dorin

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