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Marc Allégret
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“One of Allégret’s greatest strengths – and one of his most lasting contributions to film history – was his unerring instinct for how to best showcase performers via meticulous framing and lighting.” —Filmmaker Magazine

Marc Allégret was a French director and photographer, born on December 23, 1900 in Basel and died on November 3, 1973 in Paris.

In addition to film directing, he had a passion for discovering new talent. With an expert eye, he helped start the careers of future stars including Brigitte Bardot, Simone Simon and Jeanne Moreau.

From the age of seventeen, Marc Allégret was fascinated by the writer André Gide, who became his lover for a decade. Thanks to Gide, Allégret met the artists and writers of France, such as Paul Valéry, Picasso, Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Erik Satie, and later Saint-Exupéry.

Gide and Allégret went to the Congo together, with Allégret as Gide's official "secretary". He took advantage of this to develop his talents as a photographer and filmmaker. In 1928, Marc Allégret's first film was released: the famous Voyage au Congo (produced by Pierre Braunberger), which remains an exceptional document on Africa at that time. 

From 1930, Marc Allégret, helped by his friend the producer Pierre Braunberger, became a great director. In 1932, he directed Marcel Pagnol's Fanny, with the scriptwriter Françoise Giroud at his side. His films were essentially based on a charming romanticism to the glory of youth and from 1930 to 1960, he directed two or even three feature films a year.

Icarus Films is proud to distribute five films by Marc Allégret:

  • Julietta - A champagne-fizzy comedy of errors, in which a whimsical teen hides out in a sprawling country manor, to the chagrin of its bedeviled owner.

  • Lady Chatterley's Lover - Veteran director Marc Allegret’s philosophical and restrained adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s sexually explosive novel, the first time it was ever brought to film.

  • School for Love - At a Viennese conservatory, a seductive singing teacher seduces his students, with both dramatic and near-tragic results. Stars Brigitte Bardot.

  • With André Gide - A highly personal portrait of André Gide — a larger-than-life character who dominated French letters from the turn of the 20th century to his death in 1951.

  • Travels in the Congo - In 1925, novice French filmmaker Marc Allégret headed to equatorial Africa, on a journey to film the people of the Congo region.

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