Monday, October 15, 2012

Louis Jouvet Filmography


My 2012 viewing project: to see every available film featuring the great French actor Louis Jouvet (1887-1951). 

Jouvet made 32 films, a figure dwarfed by many of his acting contemporaries, though his first love was always the theatre and he ploughed much of what he earned back into his own theatre company. Quite a few of his early roles were of a supporting nature -- there's not much to his performance in something like La Maison du maltais though he's one of the highlights in Un Carnet de bal despite his brief time onscreen. It's largely in the postwar period that we really see him flex his onscreen acting muscles, and Un Revenant and Quai des orfèvres are, for me, the highlights of that period.

A number of the remaining four films seem to be lost now -- even those who have written biographies of Jouvet don't appear to have been able to see either Ramuntcho or Sérénade, while I've only come across brief scenes from the 1933 version of Knock and the 1938 film Éducation de prince though I suspect that both of those are at least in someone's home video collection (Éducation de prince was also adapted by Clouzot, another point of historical interest).

Topaze (1933)
Knock, ou la triomphe de la médecine (1933)
La Kermesse héroïque (1935)
Les Bas-fonds (1936)
Mister Flow (1936)
Un Carnet de bal (1937)
Drôle de drame (1937)
Forfaiture (1937)
L'Alibi (1937)
Mademoiselle Docteur (1937) [aka Salonique, nid d'espions]
La Marseillaise (1938)
Ramuntcho (1938)
La Maison du maltais (1938) [aka Sirocco]
Entrée des artistes (1938)
Éducation de prince (1938)
Le Drame de Shanghaï (1938)
Hôtel du Nord (1938)
La Fin du jour (1939)
La Charrette fantôme (1939)
Sérénade (1940)
Volpone (1941)
Untel père et fils (1943) [shot in 1940]
Un Revenant (1946)
Copie conforme (1947)
Quai des orfèvres (1947)
Les Amoureux sont seuls au monde (1948)
Entre onze heures et minuit (1949)
Retour à la vie (1949)
Miquette et sa mère (1950)
Lady Paname (1950)
Knock (1951)
Une Histoire d'amour (1951)

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