Monday, August 4, 2014

Remembering Christian-Jaque

Christian-Jaque was born Christian Maudet on August 4, 1904 in Paris, Île-de-France, France. Christian-Jaque began his motion picture career in the 1920s as an art director and production designer. By the early 1930s, he had moved into screenwriting and directing. He continued working into the mid-1980s, though from 1970 on, most of his work was done for television.
From 1954 to 1959, he was married to actress Martine Carol, who starred in several of his films, including "Lucrece Borgia" (1953), "Madame Du Barry" (1954), and "Nana" (1955).
Christian-Jaque's 1946 film “A Lover's Return” was entered into the 1946 Cannes Film Festival. He won the Best Director award at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival for his popular swashbuckler “Fanfan la Tulipe”. At the 2nd Berlin International Film Festival, he won the Silver Bear award for the same film. In 1959, he was a member of the jury at the 1st Moscow International Film Festival.
Christain Jaque directed two Euro-westerns “Ernest the Rebel” (1938) with Fernandel and “The Legend of Frenchie King (1971) with Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale.
He died on July 8, 1944 from a heart attack in Boulogne Billancourt, Hauts de Seine, Île de France, France.
Today we remember Christian-Jaque on what would have been his 110th birthday.

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