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Alain Jessua (16 January 1932 – 30 November 2017)[1] was a French film director and screenwriter.[2] He directed ten films between 1956 and 1997. He worked as assistant director for Jacques Becker on the set of Casque d'or, with Max Ophüls for Madame de... and Lola Montès and with Marcel Carné on Wasteland.[3] Léon la lune his first short film won the influential Prix Jean Vigo in 1957. He directed first feature film in 1963 La vie à l'envers that won Best First Film at Venice Film Festival, in 1964.

Alain Jessua
Born(1932-01-16)16 January 1932
Paris, France
Died30 November 2017(2017-11-30) (aged 85)
Évreux, France
OccupationFilm director
Years active1956–1997

His 1967 film Jeu de massacre was entered into the 1967 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Screenplay.[4] His 1979 film The Dogs was entered into the 11th Moscow International Film Festival.[5] In 1984 Alain Jessua directed Frankenstein 90, freely inspired by Mary Shelley's book, with Eddy Mitchell in the role of the creature.



  1. ^ Le réalisateur Alain Jessua est mort à 85 ans (in French)
  2. ^ "Alain Jessua". BFI.
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  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Killing Game". Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  5. ^ "11th Moscow International Film Festival (1979)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 2013-01-20.

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