Eugène Lourié

Eugène Lourié (1903 - 26 May 1991) was a French film director, art director, production designer, set designer and screenwriter who was known for his collaborations with Jean Renoir and for his 1950s science fiction movies. Allmovie contributor, Sandra Brennan, has written that he was "among the best art directors in French cinema." He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1969 for best visual effects on the film Krakatoa, East of Java. Lourié was born in Russia in 1903. His first experience with cinema was in 1911 when a movie theater opened in Kharkov. In 1919, he worked on an anti-communist film titled Black Crowes. After he fled from the Soviet Union, he made his way to Istanbul. While there he made money for a fare to Paris, France by painting and drawing movie posters. He even slept in the theater on top of a piano to save money. In the 1930s, he worked as a production designer for such directors as Jean Renoir, Max Ophuls, and René Clair. As an assistant and production designer to Renoir, he worked on such French films as La Grande illusion and La Règle du Jeu.


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