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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Jean Grémillon (3 October 1901 – 25 November 1959) was a French film director.


After directing a number of documentaries during the 1920s, many now lost, Grémillon had his first substantial success with the dramatic feature Maldone in 1928. Over the next quarter-century, he directed twenty more feature films, of which he is best known for five made between 1937 and 1944: Gueule d'amour (1937), L'Étrange M. Victor (1938), Remorques (1941), Lumière d'été (1943), and Le Ciel est à vous (1944), all but the first starring Madeleine Renaud.

Grémillon rejected what he referred to as "mechanical naturalism" in favor of "the discovery of that subtlety which the human eye does not perceive directly but which must be shown by establishing the harmonies, the unknown relations, between objects and beings; it is a vivifying, inexhaustible source of images that strike our imaginations and enchant our hearts."

Selected films directed by Jean Grémillon

  • Maldone (silent, 1928)
  • Gardiens de phare (The Lighthouse Keepers, silent, 1929)
  • La Petite Lise (Little Lise, 1930)
  • Daïnah la métisse (1931)
  • Le Petit Babouin (1932)
  • Pour un sou d'amour (For One Cent's Worth of Love, 1932)
  • Gonzague (aka L'Accordeur, 1933)
  • La Dolorosa (Our Lady of Sorrows. 1934)
  • Valse royale (1935)
  • Pattes de mouches (1936)
  • L'Étrange Monsieur Victor (Strange M. Victor, 1937)
  • ¡Centinela, alerta! (1937)
  • Gueule d'amour (Lady Killer, 1937)
  • Remorques (Stormy Waters, 1941)
  • Lumière d'été (Summer Light, 1943)
  • Le Ciel est à vous (The Woman Who Dared, 1944)
  • Le 6 juin à l'aube (documentary, 1946)
  • Les Charmes de l'existence (The Charms of Life, 1949)
  • Pattes blanches (White Paws, 1949)
  • L'Étrange Madame X (The Strange Madame X, 1951)
  • L'Amour d'une femme (The Love of a Woman, 1954)

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