Louis Feuillade

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Prolific early director of over 700 films and a key artistic influence in the years after his death on many important filmmakers. Feuillade began his career with Gaumont where, as well as directing his own features, he ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1873 in France

Filmography

Director (7)

Seraphin ou les jambes nues 1920 (Movie)

(Director)

Vendemiaire 1917 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Vampires 1914 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Hotel de la gare 1913 (Movie)

(Director)

Bout-de-Zan vole un elephant 1912 (Movie)

(Director)

La Vengeance du sergent de ville 1912 (Movie)

(Director)

Une Dame vraiment bien 1907 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

Seraphin ou les jambes nues 1920 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Vampires 1914 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Hotel de la gare 1913 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bout-de-Zan vole un elephant 1912 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Vengeance du sergent de ville 1912 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Une Dame vraiment bien 1907 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Prolific early director of over 700 films and a key artistic influence in the years after his death on many important filmmakers. Feuillade began his career with Gaumont where, as well as directing his own features, he was appointed artistic director in charge of production in 1907. Feuillade's work was largely comprised of film series; his first, begun in 1910 and numbering 15 episodes, was "Le Film Esthetique", a financially unsuccessful attempt at "high-brow" cinema. More popular was "Life As It Is" (1911-1913), which moved from the costume pageantry of his earlier work to a more realistic, if somewhat melodramatic, depiction of contemporary life.

Feuillade's most successful serials were "Fantomas" (1913-1914), which chronicled the diabolical exploits of the "emperor of crime," and the superb "Les Vampires" (1915-1916), which trailed a criminal gang led by Irma Vep (Musidora), and was noted for its imaginative use of locations and lyrical, almost surreal style.

Relationships

Leontine Janjou

Wife
married in 1895

EDUCATION

attended Catholic seminary, Petit Seminarire, Carcassonne

Institut de Brignac

Milestones

1916

Moved to Nice where Gaumont studio was built in 1916

1915

Served four months in French Army; invalided out

1907

Made production chief/artistic director at Gaumont

1906

First film as writer with "Attrapez mon Chapeau"

1906

First as director with "Le Billet de Banque"

1904

Wrote for monarchist periodical, "Soleil" and for "Revue Mondiale"

1903

Became a journalist and founded satrical journal, "La Tomate"

1898

Moved to Paris and worked as an accountant in publishing house

1891

Served in cavalry for four years

Worked in wine business

Bonus Trivia

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First president of the Societe des Auteurs de Films (1917-18).

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