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Jean Delannoy

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Also Known As: Died: June 18, 2008
Born: January 12, 1908 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: France Profession: Director ...
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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)
1930:
Served in the French military in the Cinematographic Section of the Armed Forces (Service Cinematographique de l'Armee)
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Worked as a film editor for Paramount in St. Maurice; by his own estimation cut about 40 films
1933:
Short film directing debut, "Franches lippees"
1934:
Made his best-known short, "Une Vocation irresitible"
1935:
Feature film directing debut, "Paris-Deauville", a low-budget comedy
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
1940:
Initial commercial success, "Le Diamant noir"
1942:
Began collaboration with cinematographer Christian Matras with the lavish epic "Pontcarral, colonel d'empire"
1943:
Helmed "L'Eternel retour/Love Eternal/The Eternal Return", starring Jean Marais and Madeleine Solonge and scripted by Jean Cocteau
1946:
Had post-war success with "La Symphonie pastorale"; named best film at the Cannes Film Festival
1950:
Earned international acclaim for "Dieu a besoin des hommes/God Needs Men/Isle of Sinners"
1956:
Directed the historical biopic "Marie Antoinette", starring Michele Morgan
1957:
Helmed the disappointing remake of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" with Anthony Quinn and Gina Lollobrigida
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Directed Jean Gabin as Inspector Maigret in two films some critics call the definitive adaptations of Georges Simenon's novels
1960:
Reteamed with Jean Cocteau for "La Princesse de Cleves"
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Fell out of favor with the New Wave critics who considered his work anachronistic and "academic"
1972:
Last feature film for 12 years, "Pas folle la guepe"
1975:
Named president of IDHEC
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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)
1984:
Returned to feature films with "La messagere"
1988:
At age 80, directed the feature, "Bernadette" the story of St. Bernadette; announced plans for a sequel "La passion de Bernadette" (unproduced)
1995:
Helmed "Marie de Nazareth/Mary of Nazareth", an uneven biopic of the Virgin Mary

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