Marcel Carné


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French film director. He received many awards, including the appointment of Officier de la Légion d'honneur.

Born in Paris, Carné began working in films in 1928 as an assistant cameraman. He became René Clair's assistant director in Sous les toits de Paris (1930) and assisted Jacques Feyder (1888–1948) in such films as Le Grand Jeu (1934) and La Kermesse héroïque (1935). His first feature as director was Jenny (1936), which was followed by the pessimistic Drôle de drame (1937), Quai des brumes (1938), and Le Jour se lève (1939), on all of which he worked with poet-screenwriter Jacques Prévert (1900–77). During the German occupation they made Les Visiteurs du soir (1942) and the most highly regarded achievement of their successful partnership, Les Enfants du paradis (1945). Their last film together was Les Portes de la nuit (1946). La Marie du port (1950), adapted from Simenon, Juliette ou la clef des songes (1951), Les Tricheurs (1958), Les Assassins de l'ordre (1971), the TV feature documentary La Bible (1976), and Mouche (1992), adapted from a story by Guy de Maupassant, were among the films that followed.

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