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Henri-Georges Clouzot Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Niort, Deux-Sèvres, France
Died in Paris, France  (heart attack)
Birth NameHenri Georges Léon Clouzot
Nicknames The French Hitchcock
La Clouze

Mini Bio (1)

Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau (1943) banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear (1953) and consolidated that success with Diabolique (1955), but continuous ill health caused large gaps in his output, and several projects had to be abandoned (though one, L'Enfer (1994), was subsequently filmed by Claude Chabrol). His films are typically relentless suspense thrillers, similar to Alfred Hitchcock's but with far less light relief.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk> (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (2)

Inès Clouzot (1964 - 12 January 1977) ( his death)
Véra Clouzot (1950 - 15 December 1960) ( her death)

Trivia (5)

Alfred Hitchcock considered Clouzot a very serious rival for the title of Master of Suspense, and Psycho (1960) was put into production because Hitchcock specifically intended to outdo Diabolique (1955).
He beat Alfred Hitchcock in buying the rights to "Les Diaboliques" with a margin of just a few hours. He filmed it as Diabolique (1955).
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 140-144. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Brother of Jérôme Géronimi.
Clouzot,s uncle Henri, the proprietor of a Paris art museum the Galliera, put together what is considered the first exhibition on the art of the cinema, with equipment, designs, scripts, and costumes, in May of 1924.

Personal Quotes (1)

I started as an editor, which is very important. I am always in the cutting room. I think you can't write properly unless you are an editor. I always have the cutting in mind when I'm shooting. Very often I look at my watch and say it's good for twenty seconds and not more.

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