From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
He was educated in France and at London's Mill Hill School during his mother's exile as a pacifist. As a director, he frequently created provocative movies, saying "if a film does not have venom, it is worthless". In the 1960s, he turned his back on the New Wave movement, and from then on he had no popular successes.
His memoir is titled "The rage in the heart" (1984).
On June 18, 1989, he came to public notice again, controversially, when he was elected to the European Parliament as a member of the National Front and the oldest member of the assembly. In his maiden speech, in July, he caused a scandal by expressing his "concerns about the American cultural threat", provoking a walkout by the majority of the deputies.
In an interview granted to the monthly magazine Globe in September 1989, he remarked that the Minister of Justice Pierre Arpaillange engaged in "racial insults, racial slandering and incitements to racial hatred". He also described Nazi gas chambers as a "string of lies". The resulting scandal led to his resignation as European deputy. Moreover, the members of the Academy of the Fine Arts, of which he was a vice-president for life, voted to prohibit him from taking his seat thenceforth.
- 1928 : Construire un feu
- 1933 : Ciboulette
- 1937 : L'Affaire du courrier de Lyon (co-directed with Maurice Lehmann)
- 1939 : Fric-Frac
- 1942 : Le Mariage de chiffon
- 1942 : Lettres d'amour
- 1943 : Douce
- 1945 : Sylvie et le fantôme
- 1947 : Le Diable au corps
- 1951 : L'Auberge rouge [also screenwriter]
- 1953 : Le Blé en herbe
- 1953 : Le Bon Dieu sans confession [also screenwriter]
- 1954 : Le Rouge et le noir
- 1955 : Marguerite de la nuit
- 1956 : La Traversée de Paris
- 1958 : Le Joueur
- 1959 : En cas de malheur
- 1959 : La Jument verte
- 1960 : Tu ne tueras point
- 1961 : Le Comte de Monte-Cristo
- 1963 : Le Meurtrier
- 1964 : Le Magot de Josefa
- 1965 : Le Journal d'une femme en blanc
- 1967 : Le Plus vieux métier du monde
- 1967 : Le Franciscain de Bourges
- 1969 : Les Patates
- 1977 : Gloria