Jacques Mory-Katmor (Hebrew: ז׳אק מורי־קתמור‎) (born 4 September 1938 in Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt as Jacques Mory; died 6 September 2001 at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District, Israel)[2] was an Israeli bohemian/counterculture experimental filmmaker, painter, and, multimedia artist, of anarchical, underground, and, independent leanings.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Jacques Mory-Katmor
ז׳אק מורי־קתמור
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Jacques Mory

(1938-09-04)4 September 1938
Died6 September 2001(2001-09-06) (aged 63)
Cause of deathAlcoholism
Alma materÉcole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts
  • Artist
  • Filmmaker
  • Painter
  • Soldier
Years active19632001
Known forFilmmaking
Notable work
A Woman's Case (1969)
StyleArt film
MovementNew Sensitivity [he]
RelativesSammy Mory (brother)
Military career
Allegiance Israel
Service/branchFlag of the Israel Defense Forces.svg Israel Defense Forces
UnitIdf artillery corps.svg Artillery Corps
Battles/warsSix-Day War


Born into a wealthy, Jewish, family in Cairo, his father was a realtor and tile factory owner, he was, nonetheless, educated in a Jesuit school, and, upon turning 18, travelled to Paris and Switzerland, in order to study art at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, eventually, in 1960, immigrating to Israel, where, after serving in the Artillery Corps, taking part in the Six-Day War, during the 1960s and 1970s, he gathered, around himself, a group of artists and intellectuals, calling itself "The Third Eye," a commune, dedicated to lysergic acid diethylamide and cannabis, the ideas of Timothy Leary, and, bands such as Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, and, Grateful Dead, which, included, amongst others, filmmakers and artists such as Yael Aviv [he], Helit Yeshurun  [he], Amnon Salomon, Daphna Arod [he], Ika Yisraeli [he], and, David Greenberg [he]. He considered himself to be strongly influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche and the Marquis de Sade, as well as, by surrealism's artists such as André Masson and Hans Bellmer, Dada, the Situationist International's artists such as Guy Debord, the Beat Generation, Bernard Malamud, the band Faust, and, lettrism, and, eventually, changed his last name, on Avoth Yeshurun's suggestion, into a phonetic rendering of quatre mortes, French for "four deaths." His apartment, located at Dizengoff Street 40 in Tel Aviv, where, eventually, his only film was shot, was a cornerstone of city life, during that time. He married translator, model, and, editor Helit Yeshurun [he], daughter of poet Avoth Yeshurun, while, working on his highly avant-garde 1969 film A Woman's Case, in which, she starred, a time, during which, he met, and, cast into his film, model and it girl Ann Tochmeyer, most famous, during that period, for, appearing on the covers of magazines such as HaOlam HaZeh, which, he married, after divorcing his wife, after he finished the shooting.[16] The film was a commercial failure, and, hindered his ability to pursue his career as a filmmaker. Other works included creating television programs showcasing the works of artists such as Moshe Gershuni, Yosl Bergner (1971), Yaacov Agam (1973), and, Michail Grobman (1974).[17] Some years later, around 1974, he left Israel for Cambodia, Canada, and, Thailand, with Tochmeyer leaving for San Francisco, and, finally, later, around 1975, for Amsterdam, together with Tochmeyer, returning in 1991. Reportedly, while abroad, they both became addicted to cocaine and heroin, while, squatting in abject poverty, forcing him to work in pornography, and, Tochmeyer, to work as a stripper, while, essentially, living in a sort of open relationship, together with artist Buki Greenberg [he].[18][19][20][21][22] Officially, the cause of his death was listed as alcoholism-related.[23]


Retrospective held in Katmor's honor at the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art in 2012

The Horse Hospital held a retrospective in his honor between 12 October and 9 November 2013.[24]


  1. ^ Yudilevich, Merav (30 May 2004). הלכה לעולמה דוגמנית העבר אן טוכמאייר [Past Model, Ann Tochmeyer, Dies]. Yedioth Ahronoth (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  2. ^ מת במאי הסרטים האוונגרדיסט ז׳אק קתמור [Avant-Garde Filmmaker, Jacques Katmor, Dies]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. 9 September 2001. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  3. ^ Klein, Uri (30 December 2011). שובו של הגולה הנצחי: על הסרטים של ז'אק קתמור [The Return of the Eternal Pariah: On Jacques Katmor's Films]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  4. ^ Yahav, Galia (13 February 2012). להציג את הילד הרע של האמנות הישראלית [Presenting Israeli Art's Enfant Terrible]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  5. ^ Engel, Rachel (23 August 1963). ז׳אק מורי: למה מציגים רישומים [Jacques Mory: Why Are Drawings Presented]. Maariv (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  6. ^ ז׳אק קתמור והעין השלישית / למות לאט [Jacques Katmor and The Third Eye / Slow Death]. Nahum Gutman Museum of Art (in Hebrew). Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  7. ^ Barnea, Reut (9 February 2009). רטרוספקטיבה לז׳אק קתמור [A Jacques Katmor Retrospective]. Calcalist (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  8. ^ ז׳. מורי־קתמור בגלריה "כץ" [J. Mory-Katmor, at the "Katz" Gallery]. Herut (in Hebrew). Jerusalem. 22 April 1965. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  9. ^ Kesari, Uri (12 December 1969). מקרה גבר [A Man's Case]. Maariv (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  10. ^ Anderman, Nirit (30 December 2011). מין, אירוטיקה ויהדות [Sex, Eroticism, and, Judaism]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  11. ^ Rabiner, Avishag (30 January 2012). סקס, סמים ונוסטלגיה [Sex, Drugs, and, Nostalgia]. Saloona (in Hebrew). Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  12. ^ למות לאט + דיון [Slow Death + Discussion]. Tel Aviv Cinematheque (in Hebrew). Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  13. ^ Shkolnik-Brener, Hila (17 January 2012). רישומי עירום, סרטי אוונגרד: מי אתה ז׳אק קתמור? [Nude Drawings, Avant-Garde Films: Who Are You, Jacques Katmor?]. Ha'ir (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  14. ^ ז׳אק קתמור וקבוצת ״העין השלישית״ – למות לאט [Jacques Katmor and "The Third Eye" Group – Slow Death]. Ha'ir (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  15. ^ Halperin, Renana (19 January 2012). אמנות צרפתית וסרטי עירום: סיור אמנותי בנווה צדק [French Art and Nudity Films: An Artistic Excursion in Neve Tzedek]. Ha'ir (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  16. ^ Slavick, Jean (30 October 1969). הערב עם ז׳אק מורי־קתמור [Tonight, with Jacques Mory-Katmor]. Davar (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  17. ^ מקרה אישה + מסע [A Woman's Case + Masa]. Tel Aviv Cinematheque (in Hebrew). Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  18. ^ Anderman, Nirit (30 December 2011). מקרה איש: עשר שנים למותו של ז'אק קתמור [A Man's Case: A Decade Since Jacques Katmor's Death]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  19. ^ Davis, Barry (13 January 2012). "Keeping an Eye Open". The Jerusalem Post. Jerusalem. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  20. ^ Sharpe, Zoe (24 March 2014). "Jacques Katmor". Sang Bleu. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  21. ^ Sélavy, Virginie; Shani, Tal (24 November 2016). "Reopening the Third Eye". British Film Institute. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  22. ^ Grossman, Hagit (22 March 2012). הוזה אל האינסוף [Hallucinating Infinitely]. Makor Rishon (in Hebrew). Jerusalem. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  23. ^ Frosh, Tahel (17 August 2009). ז׳אק קתמור, מקרה גבר [Jacques Katmor, a Man's Case]. Ha'ir (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  24. ^ "Jacques Katmor and The Third Eye Group: Israeli Counterculture, 1964–1975". Horse Hospital. Retrieved 3 April 2017.

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