Franju, Georges


Franju, Georges

▪ French director
born April 12, 1912, Fougères, France
died Nov. 5, 1987, Paris

      French motion-picture director noted for his short documentary films.

      In 1932 Franju found work on the sets of Paris music halls while he studied theatre decor. Franju met Henri Langlois in 1934. In that year the two men directed the short Le Métro, and in 1935 they started a film magazine and founded Le Cercle du Cinéma, a film club. Franju and Langlois founded the Cinémathèque Française (the French film archives) in 1937, and Franju served as executive secretary of the Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FAIF), the international federation of film archives, from 1938 to 1945.

      In 1949 Franju established himself as a leading figure of the French cinema with the release of his documentary Le Sang des bêtes (The Blood of the Beasts), the subject of which is a Parisian slaughterhouse. It was followed by at least a dozen highly praised documentary shorts during the next decade, including tel des Invalides (1951), Monsieur et Madame Curie (1953), Le Saumon atlantique (1955; “The Atlantic Salmon”), and Notre Dame—Cathédrale de Paris (1957). These documentaries are notable for their intensely personal expression and an emotionally complex presentation of their subjects. Franju's feature films after that—including La Tête contre les murs (1958; “Head Against the Wall”), Judex (1963), and L'Homme sans visage (1974; “The Man Without a Face”)—were not as successful as his earlier works.

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