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Henri Decoin (18 March 1890 – 4 July 1969) was a French film director and screenwriter, who directed more than 50 films between 1933 and 1964. He was also a swimmer who won the national title in 1911 and held the national record in the 500 m freestyle. He competed in the 400 m freestyle at the 1908 Summer Olympics and in the water polo tournament at the 1912 Summer Olympics.

During World War I Decoin served as a pilot. After that he worked as a sports journalist for L'Auto, L'Intransigeant and Paris-Soir. In 1926 he published his first book, influenced by Dadaism, the experimental and prize-winning Quinze Combats (Fifteen Rounds), in which a boxing match is seen subjectively by a boxer, and in 1933 directed his first film, Les requins du pétrole (The Oil Sharks).

He was known for tackling many genres; with adaptations of Georges Simenon as The Strangers in the House (1942) - featuring Raimu in one of his famous roles, and The Truth Of Our Marriage (1952), historical films like The Case Of Poisons (1955), and The Iron Mask (1962), espionage flicks like The Cat (1958), police procedurals with Raid on the Drug Ring (1955) and Fire To The Powder (1957), psychological dramas in Green Domino (1935) (where he first met his second wife, Danielle Darrieux), and The Lovers Are Alone In The World (1948) and even an odd film noir like Between Eleven And Midnight (1949). He worked with such stars of French cinema as Jean Marais, Louis Jouvet, Juliette Gréco, Lino Ventura, Corinne Calvet, Anouk Aimée, and Jean Gabin; to name a few.

He directed Darrieux in several films, and accompanied her to Hollywood in 1938 while she signed a Universal Pictures contract. He took the opportunity to observe how Hollywood made films, and returned to France with these techniques in hand. Decoin was one of the more prolific directors of his time. Decoin was married four times. His second marriage was to actress and singer Danielle Darrieux. He had two sons; Jacques Decoin (1928–1998) and Didier Decoin who was also a prominent screenwriter.

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Henri Decoin (18 March 1890 – 4 July 1969) was a French film director and screenwriter, who directed more than 50 films between 1933 and 1964. He was also a swimmer who won the national title in 1911 and held the national record in the 500 m freestyle. He competed in the 400 m freestyle at the 1908 Summer Olympics and in the water polo tournament at the 1912 Summer Olympics.

During World War I Decoin served as a pilot. After that he worked as a sports journalist for L'Auto, L'Intransigeant and Paris-Soir. In 1926 he published his first book, influenced by Dadaism, the experimental and prize-winning Quinze Combats (Fifteen Rounds), in which a boxing match is seen subjectively by a boxer, and in 1933 directed his first film, Les requins du pétrole (The Oil Sharks).

He was known for tackling many genres; with adaptations of Georges Simenon as The Strangers in the House (1942) - featuring Raimu in one of his famous roles, and The Truth Of Our Marriage (1952), historical films like The Case Of Poisons (1955), and The Iron Mask (1962), espionage flicks like The Cat (1958), police procedurals with Raid on the Drug Ring (1955) and Fire To The Powder (1957), psychological dramas in Green Domino (1935) (where he first met his second wife, Danielle Darrieux), and The Lovers Are Alone In The World (1948) and even an odd film noir like Between Eleven And Midnight (1949). He worked with such stars of French cinema as Jean Marais, Louis Jouvet, Juliette Gréco, Lino Ventura, Corinne Calvet, Anouk Aimée, and Jean Gabin; to name a few.

He directed Darrieux in several films, and accompanied her to Hollywood in 1938 while she signed a Universal Pictures contract. He took the opportunity to observe how Hollywood made films, and returned to France with these techniques in hand. Decoin was one of the more prolific directors of his time. Decoin was married four times. His second marriage was to actress and singer Danielle Darrieux. He had two sons; Jacques Decoin (1928–1998) and Didier Decoin who was also a prominent screenwriter.

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Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 47

Birthday 1890-03-18

Day of Death 1969-07-04

Place of Birth Paris, France

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Also Known As

  • Henry Decoin

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1964 Nick Carter va tout casserDirector
1964 Les parias de la gloireDirector
1963 Casablanca, Nest of SpiesDirector
1962 The Iron MaskDirector
1962 Where the Truth LiesDirector
1960 The Cat Shows Her ClawsDirector
1959 Nathalie, agent secretDirector
1959 Pourquoi viens-tu si tard...Director
1958 La chatteDirector
1957 Charmants garçonsDirector
1957 Tous peuvent me tuerDirector
1957 Le feu aux poudresDirector
1957 Folies-BergèreDirector
1955 The Case of PoisonsDirector
1955 RazziaDirector
1954 One Step to EternityDirector
1954 The Scheming WomenDirector
1953 Inside a Girls' DormitoryDirector
1953 Les amants de TolèdeDirector
1952 The Truth About Bebe DongeDirector
1951 Love and DesireDirector
1950 Paris IncidentDirector
1949 Au grand balconDirector
1949 Between Eleven and MidnightDirector
1948 Les amoureux sont seuls au mondeDirector
1947 Les Amants du pont Saint-JeanDirector
1947 Le Cafe du CadranDirector
1947 Non coupableDirector
1946 Devil's DaughterDirector
1943 Je suis avec toiDirector
1943 L'Homme de LondresDirector
1942 Le BienfaiteurDirector
1942 Strangers in the HouseDirector
1942 Annette and the Blonde WomanDirector
1941 Her First AffairDirector
1940 Beating HeartDirector
1938 Return at DawnDirector
1937 Abused ConfidenceDirector
1937 The Virgin BrideDirector
1935 The Green DominoDirector
1934 TobogganDirector
1933 The Blue Ones of the SkyDirector
1933 The Oil SharksDirector

Writing

1964 Les parias de la gloireWriter
1962 Where the Truth LiesWriter
1959 Pourquoi viens-tu si tard...Writer
1957 Tous peuvent me tuerScreenplay
1955 The Case of PoisonsWriter
1955 RazziaWriter
1954 One Step to EternityScreenplay
1949 Portrait of an AssassinScreenplay
1949 Between Eleven and MidnightWriter
1942 Annette and the Blonde WomanScreenplay
1941 Her First AffairScreenplay
1938 Return at DawnWriter
1937 Abused ConfidenceWriter
1936 Port ArthurWriter
1934 TobogganScreenplay
1933 The Blue Ones of the SkyWriter
1933 The Oil SharksDialogue
1925 Le Roi de la pédaleScreenplay

Acting

1956 Cinépanorama(52 episodes)

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