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Henri-Georges Clouzot
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Filmmaker
    (November 20, 1907-January 12, 1977)
    Born in Niort, France
    Directed the films 'The Murderer Lives at Number 21' (1942), 'Le Corbeau' (1943), 'Manon' (1949), 'Miquette et Sa Mere' (1950), 'The Wages of Fear' (1953), 'Les Diaboliques' (1955), 'The Mystery of Picasso' (1956), 'Les Espions' (1957), 'La Verite' (1960), and 'La Prisonniere' (1968)
    He attended naval school but was unable to become a naval cadet because of his myopia.
    During the Nazi occupation of France, he headed the screenwriting department of German-controlled Continental Films; after the war, he was convicted of collaboration and banned from working in films for two years.
    He frequently quarreled on the set with actors.
    For a scene in 'Les Diaboliques,' he served rotten fish to his wife Vera to get the desired reaction from her character.
    Brigitte Bardot called him 'a negative being, forever at war with himself and the world around him.'
    When the Nazis came to power in Germany, he was fired from a screenwriting job at UFA Studios for befriending Jewish producers.
    He beat out Alfred Hitchcock in acquiring the film rights to 'Les Diaboliques.'
    Hitchcock considered him a serious rival for the title 'Master of Suspense,' and made 'Psycho' with the goal of outdoing 'Les Diaboliques.'
    'Manon' won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, 'Wages of Fear' won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and 'Les Diaboliques' won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best foreign language film.

Credit: C. Fishel


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