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Julien Duvivier


Date of Birth:
3 October 1896Lille, Nord, France

Date of Death:
30 October 1967Paris, France  (car accident)

Birth Name:
Julien Henri Nicolas Duvivier

Short Biography:
Revered by such legendary fellow directors as Ingmar Bergman and Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier is one of the greatest figures in the history of French cinema and of world cinema in general. He is perhaps the most neglected of the "Big Five" of classic French cinema (the other four being Jean Renoir, Rene Clair, Jacques Feyder, and Marcel Carne), partly due to the uneven quality of his work. But despite his misfires, the cream of his oeuvre is simply stellar and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as filmdom's most breathtaking masterpieces. Initially working as a stage actor, Duvivier began his movie career in 1918 as an assistant to such seminal French helmsmen as Louis Feuillade and Marcel L'Herbier. A year later, he directed his first film, "Haceldama ou le prix du sang" (1919), which was not successful and evinced nothing of the lyricism and beauty that would define the director's later work. He continued directing, however, eventually earning a job with Film D'Art, a production company founded by producers Marcel Vandal and Charles Delac. It was here, at Film D'Art, that Duvivier was to really find his way at an artist. In the 1930s, Duvivier's talents came into full bloom, beginning with "David Golder" in 1930. Duvivier's subsequent efforts in this decade, aided by the advent of sound in motion pictures, would establish Duvivier as one of the leading forces in world cinema. It was also in the 1930s that Duvivier began working with Jean Gabin, an actor who would appear in many of Duvivier's most career-defining films, most notably "Pepe le Moko" (1937). "Pepe" was the cracklingly entertaining story of a sly gangster and master thief (Gabin) who lives in the casbah section of Algiers. A prince of the underworld, Pepe's criminal mastery is shaken when his arch nemesis Inspector Slimane, exploits a young Parisian beauty as a ploy to capture this most elusive the casbah's crooks. The latter film made Jean Gabin an international star and also attained enough popularity and critical acclaim to earn Duvivier an invitation from MGM to direct a biopic of great director Johann Strauss, entitled "The Great Waltz" (1938). Duvivier found Hollywood agreeable and would later return there during WWII. His wartime output was of varied quality, one of the most meritorious being "Tales of Manhattan" (1942). Duvivier returned to France after the war, where he found his reputation and standing to be badly damaged by his absence during the war years. He continued to work in France for the remainder of his life, however, eventually regaining success with such films as the Fernandel vehicle "Le Petit monde de Don camilo" (1951) which as awarded a prize at the Venice Film Festival. Duvivier had just completed production on his final project, "Diaboliquement vôtre" (1967), when he was killed in an auto accident at the age of 71. Though his life and career ended with this tragic accident, his legacy lives on through his films and in the minds and hearts of all true cinephiles.

Paris - When It Sizzles (1964)

# 08164 IMDb

Paris - When It Sizzles (1964)


By Richard Quine

Comedy, Romance (1h 50min)


Rating: 6.4 after 6,614 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Hollywood producer Alexander Meyerheimer has hired drunken writer Richard Benson to write his latest movie. Benson has been holed up in a Paris apartment supposedly working on the script for months, but instead has spent the time living it up. Benson now has just two days to the deadline and thus hires a temporary secretary, Gabrielle Simpson, to help him complete it in time.

Le diable et les dix commandements (1962)

# 04530 IMDb

Le diable et les dix commandements (1962)

(The Devil and the Ten Commandments)

TaglineSee what happens when the devil gets into a woman!

By Julien Duvivier

Comedy, Drama (2h 23min)

France France, Italy Italy

Rating: 6.9 after 618 votes on 20-Dec-18.

Wonderful scenes rolled in Black and White and interpreted very well by many stars of exception: Danielle Darrieux, Françoise Arnoul, Fernandel, Mel Ferrer, Micheline Presle... but the best is ALAIN DELON, who shows why is one of the best actors in the world.

Anna Karenina (1948)

# 11025 IMDb

Anna Karenina (1948)

TaglineThis Was Her One Tragic Love !

By Julien Duvivier

Drama, Romance (2h 19min)


Rating: 6.7 after 2,162 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Stefan and Dolly Oblonsky have had a little spat and Stefan has asked his sister, Anna Karenina, to come down to Moscow to help mend the rift. Anna's companion on the train from St. Petersburg is Countess Vronsky who is met at the Moscow station by her son. Col. Vronsky looks very dashing in his uniform and it's love at first sight when he looks at Anna and their eyes meet. Back in St. Petersburg (...)

Tales of Manhattan (1942)

# 06732 IMDb

Tales of Manhattan (1942)

TaglineAn Experience You'll never forget !

By Julien Duvivier

Comedy, Drama, Romance (1h 58min)


Fine! Rating: 7.4 after 1,631 votes on 02-Oct-18.

An actor, Paul Orman, is accidentally told that his new, custom made tail coat has been cursed and it will bring misfortune to all who wear it. As the 4 succeeding wearers of the coat discover, misfortune can often lead to truth.

Marie Antoinette (1938)

# 14775 IMDb Passed | Approved 

Marie Antoinette (1938)

By W.S. Van Dyke (as W.S. Van Dyke II), Julien Duvivier (uncredited)

Biography, Drama, History, Romance (2h 29min)


Fine! Rating: 7.6 after 2,402 votes on 16-Dec-18.

Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination

The life of Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) from betrothal and marriage in 1770 to her beheading. At first, she's a Hapsburg teenager isolated in France, living a virgin's life in the household of the Dauphin, a shy solitary man who would like to be a locksmith. Marie discovers high society, with the help of Orleans and her brothers-in-law. Her foolishness is at its height when she meets a Swedish (...)

The Great Waltz (1938)

# 14220 IMDb Passed | Approved | TV-G 

The Great Waltz (1938)

TaglineYour beating heart,your pounding pulse will tell you it's the most exciting musical love story ever told!

By Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming (uncredited), Josef von Sternberg (uncredited)

Biography, Drama, Music, Musical, Romance (1h 44min)


Rating: 6.7 after 935 votes on 30-Nov-18.

Won Oscar. Another 3 nominations

In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauss II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. After he is fired from his clerical bank job because of his preoccupation with composing, he decides to follow his passion and form an orchestra. After some famed opera singers, including Carla Donner, hear his (...)

Poil de carotte (1932)

# 06381 IMDb

Poil de carotte (1932)

(The Red Head)

By Julien Duvivier

Drama (1h 31min)

France France

Rating: 7.6 after 413 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Adapted from various stories by Jules Renard, Poil de Carotte (The Red Head) is the poetically related tale of a delicate domestic situation. Robert Lynen plays the young son of Catherine Fourtenay. Fourtenay's husband Harry Baur knows that Lynen is not his son, but remains married for appearances' sake. Baur remains aloof and distant until he discovers the cruelties heaped upon Lynen by his (...)

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