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

(France, 1947)

Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
PHOTOGRAPHY: Armand Thirard

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.

b/w, 106'

The Raven

(Le corbeau, France, 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, 92'

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, France, 1955)

Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
PHOTOGRAPHY: Armand Thirard

The headmaster of a decrepit French boarding school, Michel Delassalle, is a cruel man, a sadist who constantly abuses his fragile wife Christina as well as his lover Nicole Horner, a teacher who works with children. When they both realize that they have had enough of such a life, Michela, Christina and Nicole make a pact and decide to get rid of him with joint forces. He will carry out the planned murder by stunning Michel with a pill put in his drink, then by drowning him in a bathtub and fin...

b/w, 114'

The Wages of Fear

(Le salaire de la peur, France, Italy, 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'

The Murderer Lives at Number 21

(L'assassin habite… au 21, France, 1942)

Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
PHOTOGRAPHY: Armand Thirard

Pariški policijski inspektor Wenceslas Wens istražuje slučaj serijskog ubojice s Montmartrea koji na tijelima svojih žrtava ostavlja posjetnice s imenom ´gospodina Duranda´. U istrazi mu želi pomoći njegova djevojka, ambiciozna pjevačica Mila Malou koja se nada da će postati popularna uspije li Wens u paru s njom riješiti slučaj, a važna joj je i nagrada od sto tisuća franaka obećana onome tko pomogne u hvatanju ubojice. Kad od sitnog uličnog lopova Jeana-Baptistea Turl...

b/w, 84'


(France, 1949)

Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
PHOTOGRAPHY: Armand Thirard

Francuska pred završetak Drugog svjetskog rata. Nakon savezničkog iskrcavanja u Normandiji, pripadnik pokreta otpora Robert Desgrieux u jednom mjestu od linča spasi privlačnu Manon Lescaut, djevojku optuženu zbog suradnje s nacistima. Zaljubivši se jedno u drugo, Robert i Manon odlaze u Pariz, gdje započnu novi zajednički život. No dok Robert priželjkuje miran i pošten život, Manon ima brojne prohtjeve zbog kojih joj treba novac, te se najprije ona a potom i Robert pridruže...

b/w, 100'

The Truth

(La verite, France, Italy, 1960)

Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
PHOTOGRAPHY: Armand Thirard

Mlada i privlačna Dominique Marceau problematična je djevojka koja krajem 50-ih godina prošlog stoljeća u bijegu od jednoličnog i dosadnog svakodnevnog života u francuskoj provinciji stiže u Pariz. No umjesto priželjkivanog uzbudljivog i zanimljivog novog života u velegradu, Dominique će se ubrzo pod optužbom za ubojstvo naći pred sudom. Optužnica ju tereti za ubojstvo njezina ljubavnika Gilberta Telliera, koji je ujedno bio i zaručnik njezine sestre, a djevojčinu obranu zastupa odvjetnik...

b/w, 127'
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