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Jacques Prévert

Biography

Through the mid-’30s although mid-’40s, French poet Jacques Prévert was among his country’s most significant screenwriters and it is credited for developing the idea of “poetic realism” that so influenced filmmakers such as for example Renoir. Through the ’20s, Prévert was important within the surrealist motion and in 1930, released his 1st poems; pursuing WWII, his poetry became extremely popular amongst youthful French intellectuals. Prévert became a script article writer in 1932. He occasionally collaborated with composer Joseph Kosma on film ratings, within the ballet Rendezvous, and on many songs, like the all-time strike “Fall months Leaves” (also called “Feuilles Mortes” or “Hojas Muertas”). Prévert’s lyrics for the music had been translated into British by Johnny Mercer. “Fall months Leaves” continues to be documented by such legends of jazz and pop as Nat “Ruler” Cole, Benny Carter, Jimmy Smith, Chet Baker, Bing Crosby, and Stan Getz, to mention just a couple.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jacques Prévert
Died April 11, 1977, Omonville-la-Petite, France
Profession Poet, Actor, Screenwriter, Film Score Composer
Nationality French
Spouse Janine Tricotet, Simone Dienne
Children Michèle Prévert
Parents Suzanne Catusse, André Prévert
Siblings Pierre Prévert
Music Songs Chanson pour les enfants l'hiver, Pour Toi Mon Amour, Le cancre, Chanson De La Seine, Je suis comme je suis, Les Enfants Qui S'aiment, En sortant de l'ecole, Cet Amour, Paris At Night, Chanson des escargots qui vont a l'enterrement, Chanson du vitrier, Charmes de Londres, Chant-song, Cœur de rubis, Chanson de l'oiseleur, Complainte de Vincent, Chanson dans le sang, Familiale, Le tendre et dangereux visage de l'amour, Le Temps perdu, Chanson des sardinières, Le Soleil Brille Pour Tout Le Monde, Anal Eyes, Le Jardin, Pour Faire Le Portrait D’un Oiseau, Complainte de Gilles, Baptiste, Chanson de l'eau, La Grasse Matinée, Oh, laissez-moi, Il Ne Faut Pas Rire Avec Ces Gens-Là, La femme acéphale
Albums l'opéra de la lune, Poetes & chansons, Le soleil brille pour tout le monde ?, Jacques Prévert Chansons & Poésies, Young Forever : Jacques Prévert, Vol. 1, Chanson dans le sang (Mono Version), Meilleure collection française: Le Meilleur de Jacques Prévert, Their Hearts Will Rot, Inventaire, Jacques Prévert et ses interprètes, Jacques Prévert, Enfance. Lu par l'auteur
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Movies Children of Paradise, Port of Shadows, Daybreak, Les Visiteurs du Soir, Gates of the Night, Bizarre, Bizarre, The Crime of Monsieur Lange, Stormy Waters, The Shepherdess and the Chimneysweep, Boys' School, Les amants de Vérone, The Seine Meets Paris, The King and the Mockingbird, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Lumière d'été, 27 Rue de la Paix, Jenny, Ernest the Rebel, A Rare Bird, Voyage Surprise, Famous Love Affairs, The Long Night, Tant de forêts, Bim, L'Enfer des anges, Le soleil a toujours raison, It's in the Bag, Ciboulette, The Mysterious Mr. Davis, Moutonnet, Le chien mélomane, The Little Soldier, Si j'étais le patron, Léon la lune, L'autre temps, Le diamant, Courier of Lyons, Aubervilliers, La fleur de l'âge, Le Gardien de phare, Mon Chien, Baleydier


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#Fact
1 Noted for his collaboration with Marcel Carne, beginning with 'Jenny' in 1936.
2 Member of Groupe Octobre, a left-wing theatre company, from 1932. Also associated with the surrealist movement under Andre Breton in the 1920's.
3 Older brother of Pierre Prévert
4 Poet and scenarist and songwriter.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Moutonnet 1936 adaptation / dialogue
The Crime of Monsieur Lange 1936 adaptation / dialogue
Jeunesse d'abord 1935
Un oiseau rare 1935
L'hôtel du libre échange 1934 dialogue / scenario
Si j'étais le patron 1934
Taxi de minuit 1934 Short
Un chien qui raccroche 1934 Short uncredited
Ciboulette 1933 adaptation / dialogue
Comme une carpe 1932 Short screenplay / story
Ténérife 1932 Documentary short commentary
L'affaire est dans le sac 1932 dialogue / screenplay
Baleydier 1932 dialogue
Je suis 2014 Short original text
Déjeuner Du Matin 2011 Short poem by
The Lonliness Trilogy 2008 Short poem
To Paint the Portrait of a Bird 2007 Short
Chasse à l'enfant 2006 Short poem
Glimpse 12 2004 Video text
To progevma 2002 Short poem
L'autre temps 2000 Short poem
Buen día mamá, buen día 2000 Short poem
Proino gevma 1996 Short poem
Drôle d'immeuble 1992 Short short story
Xypnima arga to proi 1992 Short poem
Progevma 1991 Short poem
The King and the Mockingbird 1980 dialogue / screenplay
L'île aux enfants TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1974 - 1975 writer "En sortant de l'école" - 1 episode, 1974
I monaxia stin poiisi tou Jacques Prevert 1975 Short poems
Le chien mélomane 1973 Short
Plain-chant 1972 TV Series 1 episode
Le diamant 1970 Short
Montand chante Prévert 1968 TV Movie
À la belle étoile 1966 TV Movie adaptation
Le petit chapiteau 1963 Documentary short commentary
Amours célèbres 1961 adaptation and dialogue
Paris la belle 1960 Short documentary
Bang Bang 1958 Documentary short commentary
La Seine a rencontré Paris 1957 Documentary short poem
Léon la lune 1956 Short prologue
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1956 as Jacques Prevert
TV de Vanguarda 1955 TV Series 1 episode
Mon chien 1955 Short commentary
The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird 1952 screenplay, adaptation and dialogue
Bim 1951 commentary / screenplay
Souvenirs perdus 1950 screenplay and dialogue - segments "Une statuette d'Osiris", "Le violon"
La Marie du port 1950 dialogue - uncredited
Les feuilles mortes 1950 Short poem by
Les amants de Vérone 1949 dialogue
Le petit soldat 1948 Short screenplay
La fleur de l'âge 1947
Noah's Ark 1947 adaptation and dialogue
Voyage surprise 1947 screenplay and dialogue
Aubervilliers 1946 Documentary short commentary
Gates of the Night 1946 ballet "Le rendez-vous" / scenario and dialogue
Sortilèges 1945 adaptation / dialogue
Children of Paradise 1945 scenario and dialogue
Adieu Léonard 1943 dialogue / screenplay
Lumière d'été 1943 dialogue / screenplay
Le soleil a toujours raison 1943 adaptation / dialogue
Une femme dans la nuit 1943 adaptation - uncredited / dialogue
Les Visiteurs du Soir 1942
Stormy Waters 1941 dialogue / scenario
L'enfer des anges 1941 scenario & adaptation - uncredited
Le Jour se Leve 1939 dialogue
The Mysterious Mr. Davis 1939
Ernest le rebelle 1938 dialogue
Port of Shadows 1938 scenario and dialogue
Les disparus de St. Agil 1938 dialogue - uncredited
L'affaire du courrier de Lyon 1937 dialogue
Bizarre, Bizarre 1937 adaptation and dialogue
27 rue de la Paix 1936 adaptation
Jenny 1936

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entrée Libre 2016 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Laster meines Lebens 2015 Short lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Mülheim - Texas: Helge Schneider hier und dort 2015 Documentary lyrics: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean 2012 lyrics: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
My Week with Marilyn 2011 lyrics: "Autumn Leaves Les Feuilles Mortes"
Elles 2011 lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Memòries de la tele 2011 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Fringe 2010 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
El cónsul de Sodoma 2009 lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary lyrics: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Bored to Death 2009 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Banda sonora 2009 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
L'éblouissement 2008 Short lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Por Toda Minha Vida 2008 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Les grands du rire 2007 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The O.C. 2004 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
High Crimes 2002 lyrics: "Autumn Leaves Les Feuilles Mortes"
C'est la vie 2001 lyrics: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
The Score 2001 lyrics: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Sidewalks of New York 2001 lyrics: "Autumn Leaves Les Feuilles Mortes"
Tango Kabaree 2001 lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Jam 2000 TV Series lyrics: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
The Whole Nine Yards 2000 lyrics: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
La chance aux chansons 1999 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Vivement dimanche 1998 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 lyrics: "Autumn Leaves Les Feuilles Mortes"
Addicted to Love 1997 lyrics: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
3000 scénarios contre un virus 1994 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Illusions 1992/II TV Movie lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
O Espectador que o Cinema Esqueceu 1991 Short lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Jacquot de Nantes 1991 lyrics: "Démons et merveilles"
Let's Get Lost 1988 Documentary lyrics: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Cómicos 1987 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Automan 1984 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Storia di Piera 1983 lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
À perte de vie... Jacques Prévert 1977 TV Movie documentary lyrics: "En sortant de l'école", "Sanguine", "Barbara", "Les Enfants qui s'Aiment", "Inventaire", "Les Feuilles Mortes"
The Muppet Show 1976 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Tony Bennett at the Talk of the Town 1972 TV Mini-Series lyrics - 1 episode
De Fred Haché Show 1972 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan Show 1969 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Käpy selän alla 1966 lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
The Hollywood Palace 1966 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
La dama de Beirut 1965 lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
El pecador 1965 lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Je connais une blonde 1963 TV Movie lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Esa pícara pelirroja 1963 lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Yves Montand on Broadway 1961 TV Movie lyrics: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Saint-Tropez Blues 1961 lyrics: "Tumbleweed"
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1961 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Jo Stafford Show 1961 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Discorama TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1960 performer - 1 episode, 1960
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1959 TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes
Hey Boy! Hey Girl! 1959 lyrics: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
El vestido de novia 1959 lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
La joie de vivre 1959 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Frank Sinatra Show 1957 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Cómicos de la Legua 1957 lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
En direct de... 1957 TV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode
The Nat King Cole Show 1956 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Autumn Leaves 1956 lyrics: "Autumn Leaves" Les Feuilles Mortes
Your Hit Parade 1955 TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes
Texaco Star Theatre 1955 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Souvenirs perdus 1950 lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes", "Tournesol", "Compagnons des mauvais jours", "Et la fête continue"
Les feuilles mortes 1950 Short lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes"
Gates of the Night 1946 lyrics: "Les Feuilles Mortes", "Les Enfants qui s'Aiment"
Bizarre, Bizarre 1937 lyrics: "Complainte"
The Crime of Monsieur Lange 1936 lyrics: "Au jour, le jour; à la nuit, la nuit"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Le songe de chevaux sauvages 1962 Short Récitant / Commentator (voice)
Bim 1951 Récitant / Narrator (voice)
L'hôtel du libre échange 1934
L'Atalante 1934 Extra at Station (uncredited)
Ciboulette 1933 L'Âne
L'affaire est dans le sac 1932 Le flûtiste (uncredited)
Prix et profits, la pomme de terre 1932 Short
Les amours de minuit 1931 uncredited
L'Age d'Or 1930 Passer-by in the Street (uncredited)
Les grands 1924 Futur polytechnicien

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La table tournante 1988 text
Adieu Léonard 1943 original idea

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Le petit soldat 1948 Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saint-Tropez Blues 1961 lyricist: "Tumbleweed"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Montand chante Prévert 1968 TV Movie Himself
Le petit chapiteau 1963 Documentary short Récitant / Narrator (voice)
Pariser Journal 1963 TV Series documentary Himself
Mon frère Jacques 1961 TV Movie documentary Himself
Discorama 1960 TV Series Himself
En direct de... 1960 TV Series documentary Himself
Paris la belle 1960 Short documentary voice
La belle saison est proche 1959 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Voyage à travers le cinéma français 2016 Documentary Himself
Ivo Livi, dit Yves Montand 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mourir? Plutôt crever! 2010 Documentary Himself
Bulles de Vian 2009 TV Movie Himself
Il était une fois... 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Jacques Prévert, paroles d'un insoumis 2008 Documentary Himself
Arletty, Lady Paname 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Paul Grimault, image par image 2003 Video documentary Himself
Jacques Prévert 1977 Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1947 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Original Screenplay Les enfants du paradis (1945)


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