Henri-Georges Clouzot

20.11.1907, Niort, France - 12.01.1977, Paris, France


Clouzot studied political science and
worked as a journalist. He started his film career as a writer of screenplays
and dialogues as well as the director’s assistant in many films. In 1942 he
makes his debut with the detective movie L'assassin habite... au 21,
which announces the direction of his preoccupations; in France, together with
Claude Chabrole, he is the most significant representative of psychological
thrillers; he carefully analyzes the bourgeois society using the detective
procedure of characters. Probably his most famous film, The Raven (1943),
was proclaimed as anti-French, while after the war in a historical context it
was regarded as anti-German. Clouzot witnessed another great and ironic
injustice: even though he wrote screenplays for almost all of his movies, he was
not very well accepted by the authors of the new wave who resented him for his
misanthropy. His film The Wages of Fear won the Grand Prix in Cannes in
1953. Of his many films it is important to point out the documentary The
Mistery of Picasso


La prisonniere (1968)
Giuseppe Verdi: Messa di Requiem (1967)
L'enfer (1964)
La vérité (1960)
Les espions (1957)
Le mystere Picasso (1956)
Les diaboliques (1955)
Le salaire de la peur (1953)
Miquette et sa mere (1950)
Le voyage en Brésil (1950) (unfinished)
Manon (1949)
Retour a la vie (1949) (segment Le retour de Jean)
Quai des Orfevres (1947)
Le corbeau (1943)
L'assassin habite... au 21 (1942)
Caprice de princesse (1933)
Tout pour l'amour (1933)
La chanson d'une nuit (1932)
La terreur des batignolles (1931)

Films by this director

Jenny Lamour


Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Jenny Lamour is a singer who wants to succeed no matter how high a price she has to pay. Her husband does not agree with that and even less does he like Jenny’s contact with the rich Brignon. When Brignon is found dead, inspector Antoine tries to reveal the events and find the murderer.

black and white, 105 min

The Raven

(Le corbeau, 1943)

Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nicolas Hayer

Gossip, fear, suspicion and paranoia creep into a small provincial town in France when there appear strange “poisonous” letters signed only with the name Raven. These letters reveal the secrets of even the most prominent inhabitants of the small town. Nobody knows who the author of these mysterious letters is or what the next letter might reveal.

b/w, 35mm, 92 min

The Mystery of Picasso

(Le mystère Picasso, France, 1956)

Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
PHOTOGRAPHY: Claude Renoir

In 1955, Henri-Georges Clouzot shot Picasso while painting - the result was this awarded documentary and unforgettable photography by Claude Renoir that shows Picasso while creating his masterpieces. In 1956 this film won the special jury’s award in Cannes. In addition, it was nominated for the Golden Palm.

b/w and color, 78'


(Les diaboliques, 1955)

Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
PHOTOGRAPHY: Armand Thirard

Michel Delassalle is the headmaster of a shabby boarding school. He is a sadist who treats his both his fragile wife and his lover, a school colleague, badly. Fed up with his behavior, the two women join forces and decide to murder him. They put a pill in his drink, drown him in the tub and dump his body in the school swimming pool. When the pool is drained, there is no body. The next day some students claim to have seen the headmaster…

35 mm, b/w, 114 min

The Wages of Fear

(Le salaire de la peur, 1953)

Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
PHOTOGRAPHY: Armand Thirard

In Middle America four adventurers - Mario, Jo, Luigi and Bimba – accept the offer from an oil company to drive a truck full of nitroglycerin to the oil drilling area that is several hundreds of kilometers away. They will each get 2000 dollars. While travelling across bad roads and an inaccessible terrain, they gradually become more and more anxious because of the deadly cargo that they are transporting… This excellent psychological thriller won the Grand Prix in Cannes in 1953. Fi...

b/w, 131'
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