Biography

Marcel L'Herbier was a French filmmaker who achieved prominence as an avant-garde theorist and imaginative practitioner with a series of silent films in the 1920s. His career as a director continued until the 1950s and he made more than 40 feature films in total. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked on cultural programmes for French television. He also fulfilled many administrative roles in the French film industry, and he was the founder and the first President of the French film school Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC).

In 1921, only three years after his first film, Marcel L'Herbier was voted by readers of a French film magazine as the best French director. In the following year, the critic Léon Moussinac marked him as one of the filmmakers whose work was most important for the future of cinema. In this period, L'Herbier was linked with filmmakers such as Abel Gance, Germaine Dulac and Louis Delluc as part of a "first avant-garde" (Impressionism) in French cinema, the first generation to think spontaneously in animated images.

Marcel L'Herbier was a French filmmaker who achieved prominence as an avant-garde theorist and imaginative practitioner with a series of silent films in the 1920s. His career as a director continued until the 1950s and he made more than 40 feature films in total. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked on cultural programmes for French television. He also fulfilled many administrative roles in the French film industry, and he was the founder and the first President of the French film school Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC).

In 1921, only three years after his first film, Marcel L'Herbier was voted by readers of a French film magazine as the best French director. In the following year, the critic Léon Moussinac marked him as one of the filmmakers whose work was most important for the future of cinema. In this period, L'Herbier was linked with filmmakers such as Abel Gance, Germaine Dulac and Louis Delluc as part of a "first avant-garde" (Impressionism) in French cinema, the first generation to think spontaneously in animated images.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 47

Birthday 1888-04-23

Day of Death 1979-11-26

Place of Birth Paris, France

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1953 Le père de Mademoiselle Director
1950 The Last Days of Pompeii Director
1948 Stolen Affections Director
1946 Queen's Necklace Director
1946 Au petit bonheur Director
1945 La vie de bohème Director
1943 L'honorable Catherine Director
1942 The Fantastic Night Director
1941 Foolish Husbands Director
1940 Comedy of Happiness Director
1939 Entente Cordiale Director
1939 Terra di fuoco Director
1938 Adrienne Lecouvreur Director
1938 Rasputin Director
1937 Forfaiture Director
1937 The Citadel of Silence Director
1937 Nights of Fire Director
1936 Children's Corner Director
1936 Les hommes nouveaux Director
1936 The Great Temptation Director
1935 La route impériale Director
1935 Sacrifice of Honor Director
1934 L'aventurier Director
1934 Le Bonheur Director
1934 Le scandale Director
1933 L'épervier Director
1931 Scent of the Woman in Black Director
1930 The Mystery of the Yellow Room Director
1930 La femme d'une nuit Director
1930 Nuits de princes Director
1930 L'Enfant de l'Amour Director
1928 L'Argent Director
1928 Little Devil May Care Director
1926 Le vertige Director
1926 The Late Mathias Pascal Director
1924 L'Inhumaine Director
1922 Don Juan et Faust Director
1921 El Dorado Director
1921 Prometheus... Banker Director
1921 Villa Destin Director
1920 The Man of the Sea Director
1920 Le Carnaval des vérités Director
1919 Le Bercail Director
1919 Rose-France Director

Writing

1953 Le père de Mademoiselle Screenplay
1950 The Last Days of Pompeii Screenplay Dialogue
1948 Stolen Affections Screenplay
1942 The Fantastic Night Adaptation
1941 Foolish Husbands Writer
1940 Comedy of Happiness Writer
1937 Nights of Fire Screenplay
1936 Les hommes nouveaux Screenplay
1936 The Great Temptation Writer
1935 La route impériale Scenario Writer
1934 Le Bonheur Writer
1934 Le scandale Scenario Writer
1931 Scent of the Woman in Black Scenario Writer
1930 The Mystery of the Yellow Room Scenario Writer
1930 La femme d'une nuit Scenario Writer
1930 Nuits de princes Scenario Writer
1926 Le vertige Writer
1926 The Late Mathias Pascal Writer
1924 L'Inhumaine Scenario Writer
1922 Don Juan et Faust Screenplay
1921 El Dorado Writer
1921 Prometheus... Banker Writer
1921 Villa Destin Scenario Writer
1920 The Man of the Sea Writer
1920 Le Carnaval des vérités Writer
1919 Rose-France Writer

Production

1924 The Gallery of Monsters Producer
1923 News Item Producer

Art

1924 The Gallery of Monsters Art Direction
1923 News Item Art Direction

Acting

1929 Autour de l'argent as Himself

Editing

1920 The Man of the Sea Editor

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