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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Jan de Bont (born October 22, 1943) is a Dutch cinematographer, producer, and film director.

De Bont was born, one of 17 children, to a Roman Catholic family in Eindhoven, Netherlands. His earliest work after studying at the Amsterdam Film Academy was with the Dutch avant garde director Adriaan Ditvoorst. De Bont was cinematographer/cameraman on many of Ditvoorst's early films including the prizewinning 'Ik Kom Wat Later Naar Madra' (I'll Be In Madra Somewhat Later). He first came to fame in the Netherlands as the cinematographer for the 1973 movie Turkish Delight, directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Rutger Hauer and Monique van de Ven. Since the early 1980s, he worked frequently in Hollywood.

De Bont made his directorial debut with Speed in 1994, which was a success. He followed this up with Twister in 1996.

He was married to Dutch actress Monique van de Ven from 1973 to 1988. Monique starred in the 1973 film Turkish Delight, for which De Bont did the cinematography. De Bont has two children from his second marriage with Trish Reeves, Alexander (who had a part in Speed 2) and An.

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