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Georges Franju

 

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Director / Screenwriter
1912 - 1987 
Born April 12, Fougeres, Ille-et-Villaine, Bretagne, France
Key Production Country: France
Key Genres: Psychological Drama, Drama, Documentary, Short Film
Key Collaborators: Maurice Jarre (Composer), Edith Scob (Leading Character Player), Marcel Fradetal (Cinematographer), Gilbert Natot (Editor), Pierre Brasseur (Leading Player), Eugene Schuftan (Cinematographer), Rene Genin (Character Player)
Highly Recommended: Eyes without a Face (1959), Judex (1963)
Recommended: Le Sang des bêtes (1949), Hotel des Invalides (1952), Head Against the Wall (1959)
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Books: [ Franju: Movie Edition
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1,000 Greatest Films: Eyes without a Face (1959), Judex (1963)
 
Eyes without a Face (1959)Judex (1963)Hotel des Invalides (1952)Le Sang des betes (1949)
 
     
  "Georges Franju combined realism and fantasy, poetry and polemics, savagery and tenderness to unique effect. Imbuing his films with a surrealist's antipathy to established notions of normality, he was one of cinema's most fiercely independent visionaries...His surrealism was not a matter of artifice, but of a highly personal vision that was at once elegant, horrific, provocative, becalmed and nostalgic." - Geoff Andrew (The Film Handbook, 1989)  
     
  "Franju's career falls clearly into two parts, marked by the format of the films: the early period of documentary shorts, and a subsequent period of fictional features. The parts are connected by many links of theme, imagery attitude, and iconography." - Robin Wood (International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, 1991)  
     
  "Some reckon him one of the greatest of all French film directors; others don't reckon him all. Franju is cult material par excellence, and from his first bravura documentary release, Le Sang Des Bêtes (1949), in which he casts an unswerving eye on the brutal business of meat slaughtering, it was obvious that Franju was not to be conveniently filed and docketed. A co-founder of the French national film archive, he alternately stimulates and shocks, as for example, with his sensationally surreal horror classic Eyes without a Face." - Mario Reading (The Movie Companion, 2006)  
     
  "First known as a documentarian, Franju has contributed some fine horror and suspense films." - William R. Meyer (The Film Buff's Catalog, 1978)  
     
 
 

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