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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Jacques B. Brunius, French actor, director and writer, was born Jacques Henri Cottance in Paris on September 16, 1906, died Exeter, Devon (UK), on April 24, 1967. He was cremated in Sidmouth, with a tribute by Mesens.

Assistant director to Luis Buñuel on L'Âge d'or, he appeared in more than 30 movies, using several alternate names: Jacques Borel, J.B. Brunius, Jacques-Bernard Brunius, Jacques Brunius, Brunius, J.B.Brunius. He acted in many of the early, more political, movies of his friend Jean Renoir. He married French-English actress Cecile Chevreau in 1951. Their son Richard was born in 1956.

Member of the surrealist group in France and then in England, with his friend E.L.T. Mesens, Conroy Maddox, Ithell Colquhoun, Simon Watson Taylor and Roland Penrose. Brunius attacked Toni del Renzio, who was attempting to reanimate an inactive English group in 1942–3. Brunius' countersigned the tract Idolatry and Confusion, which condemned and mocked del Renzio unjustifiably. In reality, Mesens feared a takeover of the group leadership by del Renzio.

He never missed an opportunity to defend surrealism, and participated in many a radio show. In 1959, he undertook a vigorous defense of the poetic valor of nursery rhymes.

The text was published by John Lyle in Transforma(c)tion n°7 under the title Language and lore of children.



  • 1965: Return from the Ashes .... 1st Detective
  • 1965: Le Chant du monde (aka Song of the World) (as Jacques Borel)
  • 1964: The Yellow Rolls-Royce .... Duc de d'Angoulême (England) (uncredited)
  • 1961: The Greengage Summer (aka Loss of Innocence) .... M. Joubert
  • 1961: Mon frère Jacques (TV), dir. Pierre Prévert .... as himself
  • 1960: The Four Just Men (TV, 1 episode) .... The Mayor
  • 1960: The Miracle of St. Phillipe (TV episode) .... The Mayor
  • 1958: Orders to Kill .... Cmndt. Morand
  • 1957: True as a Turtle (aka aka Plain Sailing) .... Monsieur Charbonnier
  • 1957: Dangerous Exile (uncredited)
  • 1956: House of Secrets (aka Triple Deception) .... Lessage
  • 1956: Wicked As They Come (aka Portrait in Smoke) .... Inspector Caron
  • 1955: Barbie (TV, 1 episode) .... Mr. Morrisot
  • 1955: The Cockleshell Heroes .... French Fisherman (as Jacques Brunius)
  • 1955: Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion (aka Foreign Legionnaire) (TV, 1 episode) .... Pakka
  • 1955: To Paris with Love .... Monsieur Marconne
  • 1954: Forbidden Cargo .... Det. Pierre Valance - French police
  • 1953: Laughing Anne (aka Between the Tides) .... Frenchie
  • 1953: Always a Bride .... Inspector (as Jacques Brunius)
  • 1953: Sea Devils .... Fouche
  • 1953: South of Algiers (aka The Golden Mask) .... Kress (as Jacques Brunius)
  • 1952: 24 Hours of a Woman's Life (aka Affair in Monte Carlo).... Concierge, Pension Lisa (as Jacques Brunius)
  • 1951: The Lavender Hill Mob, dir Charles Crichton (as Jacques Brunius) .... Customs Official
  • 1951: Une fille à croquer (aka Good Enough to Eat, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge) (as Jacques Borel)
  • 1951: The Changing face of Europe .... Narrator, as himself
  • 1951: Andalousie (uncredited)
  • 1951: El Sueño de Andalucía (uncredited)
  • 1950: The Wooden Horse .... André (as Jacques Brunius)
  • 1938: La Bête humaine (aka Judas Was a Woman, The Human Beast), dir. Jean Renoir (uncredited) .... Un garçon de ferme
  • 1938: Le Schpountz (aka Heartbeat), dir. Marcel Pagnol .... L'Accessoiriste
  • 1937: Le Temps des cerises (aka The Time of the Cherries) (as Jacques-Bernard Brunius) .... Le petit-fils du directeur
  • 1936: La Vie est à nous (aka Life Belongs to Us) .... Le président du conseil d'administration
  • 1936: Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (aka The Crime of Monsieur Lange), dir. Jean Renoir (as J.B. Brunius) .... Mr. Baigneur
  • 1936: Moutonnet
  • 1936: Partie de campagne (aka A Day in the Country), dir. Jean Renoir (as Jacques Borel) .... Rodolphe
  • 1934: L'Hôtel du libre échange .... Le monsieur du train
  • 1932: L'Affaire est dans le sac (aka It's in the Bag), dir. Pierre Prévert .... Adrien, le client au béret (as J.B.Brunius)
  • 1930: L'Âge d'or (aka The Golden Age), dir. Luis Buñuel.... Passer-by in the street (uncredited)


  • 1953: The Blakes Slept Here
  • 1952: Brief City
  • 1951: The Changing Face of Europe (3rd segment: "Somewhere to Live")
  • 1939: Violons d'Ingres (also as writer and editor)
  • 1936: La Vie est à nous (aka The People of France) (also as writer and editor)

Assistant Director

  • 1930: L'Âge d'or (aka The Golden Age), dir. Luis Buñuel.
  • 1929: Le Requin

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