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Henri-Georges Clouzot

Director

“I want only to tell a story. I think movies are entertainment. If at the same time you can get across something you feel, that is perfect.”

 

Biography

Acclaimed in particular for his thrillers, Clouzot was one of the genuine rivals to Alfred Hitchcock and, at his peak, seemed to anticipate the moves of the better-known English director. Born in 1907 in Niort, Clouzot intended upon a career in the French navy but was barred from that opportunity by poor eyesight and chronic ill health. He studied political science with the intention of joining the diplomatic service and he served on the staff of a Rightist political figure after graduation from college, but in the late ‘20s, Clouzot moved into writing, first as a journalist and, starting in the early ’30s, as a screenwriter and playwright. He co-authored numerous scripts between 1931 and 1933, in addition to making the short thriller La Terreur des Batignolles and serving as an assistant to several directors, including Anatole Litvak, E.A. Dupont, and Karl Hartl, on various projects. Clouzot’s initial start in films was interrupted in the mid-‘30s when his declining health forced him… read more

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Augustine

9Dec11

Catch a beauty everyday till christmas: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/1224

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john saenz

5Dec11

Les Inconnus dans la maison ?

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Bartley

25Mar10

"Mystery of Picasso" must be added. Brilliant in concept and execution. One of my favorites.

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wdrazo

22Mar10

Soon, L'Enfer....