Jean Delannoy

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
A well-regarded, meticulous craftsman, writer-director Jean Delannoy has had a career which spanned an incredible eight decades, from his days as an actor in silent films to his later forays in television and in big ... Read more »
Born: 01/12/1908 in France

Filmography

Director (17)

Marie de Nazareth 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Bernadette 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Pas Folle la Guepe 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

La Peau de Torpedo 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Action Man 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

This Special Friendship 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Baron de l'Ecluse 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Love And the Frenchwoman 1960 (Movie)

("Adolescence") (Director)

Inspector Maigret 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Marie Antoinette 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Daughters of Destiny 1954 (Movie)

("Joan of Arc") (Director)

Obsession 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Secrets d'Alcove 1954 (Movie)

("Pompadour Bed") (Director)

Dieu a besoin des Hommes 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

La Symphonie Pastorale 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Bossu (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (12)

Marie de Nazareth 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bernadette 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pas Folle la Guepe 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Peau de Torpedo 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Action Man 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Inspector Maigret 1958 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Inspector Maigret 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marie Antoinette 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Daughters of Destiny 1954 (Movie)

("Joan of Arc") (Screenplay)

Obsession 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Secrets d'Alcove 1954 (Movie)

("Pompadour Bed") (Screenplay)

La Symphonie Pastorale 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (1)

Le Roi Des Champs-Elysees (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

A well-regarded, meticulous craftsman, writer-director Jean Delannoy has had a career which spanned an incredible eight decades, from his days as an actor in silent films to his later forays in television and in big screen religious biopics. The son of a civil servant and a schoolteacher, Delannoy was educated in Paris and after a string of unfulfilling jobs (i.e., bank salesman, journalist) he decided to try his hand at acting in films. Dashing and handsome, Delannoy soon found employment in roughly 10 movies, including 1927's "Casanova", but quickly became disenchanted with appearing in front of the camera. While serving in the military, he worked with the film unit of the army and after his discharge secured a position as an editor at Paramount's French studios. Working quickly (by his account, it took less than two weeks to assemble a feature), he accrued credits on some 40 films. At the same time, Delannoy began dabbling in the medium, shooting a handful of short films, the best known of which was 1934's "Une vocation irresistable", focusing on a barber with aspirations for a life as a performer.

Relationships

Henriette Delannoy

Sister
deceased

Juliette Geneste

Wife

EDUCATION

Lycee Montaigne

Paris

University of Paris

Paris

Lille University

Lycee Louis-le-Grand

Paris

Milestones

1995

Helmed "Marie de Nazareth/Mary of Nazareth", an uneven biopic of the Virgin Mary

1988

At age 80, directed the feature, "Bernadette" the story of St. Bernadette; announced plans for a sequel "La passion de Bernadette" (unproduced)

1984

Returned to feature films with "La messagere"

1975

Named president of IDHEC

1972

Last feature film for 12 years, "Pas folle la guepe"

1960

Reteamed with Jean Cocteau for "La Princesse de Cleves"

1957

Helmed the disappointing remake of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" with Anthony Quinn and Gina Lollobrigida

1956

Directed the historical biopic "Marie Antoinette", starring Michele Morgan

1950

Earned international acclaim for "Dieu a besoin des hommes/God Needs Men/Isle of Sinners"

1946

Had post-war success with "La Symphonie pastorale"; named best film at the Cannes Film Festival

1942

Helmed "L'Eternel retour/Love Eternal/The Eternal Return", starring Jean Marais and Madeleine Solonge and scripted by Jean Cocteau

1941

Began collaboration with cinematographer Christian Matras with the lavish epic "Pontcarral, colonel d'empire"

1940

Initial commercial success, "Le Diamant noir"

1939

Completed filming "Macao, l'enfer du jeu/Gambling Hell", co-starring Erich von Stroheim; after German occupation of France, von Stroheim's scenes were reshot featuring Pierre Renoir; Renoir version released in 1942; von Stroheim version in 1945

1935

Feature film directing debut, "Paris-Deauville", a low-budget comedy

1934

Made his best-known short, "Une Vocation irresitible"

1933

Short film directing debut, "Franches lippees"

1930

Served in the French military in the Cinematographic Section of the Armed Forces (Service Cinematographique de l'Armee)

Fell out of favor with the New Wave critics who considered his work anachronistic and "academic"

Directed Jean Gabin as Inspector Maigret in two films some critics call the definitive adaptations of Georges Simenon's novels

Made a series of TV-movies and miniseries, including the six-part "Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut" (1978) and the two-part "Crime de Pierre Lacaze" (1983)

Worked as a film editor for Paramount in St. Maurice; by his own estimation cut about 40 films

While a student at University of Paris had small roles in about ten silent films; these include "Miss Helyett" (1926), "Casanova" (1927) and "La grande passion" (1929)

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