Jean Delannoy

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Birth Name: Jean Delannoy
Born: 01/12/1908
Birth Place: France
Death Place: Guainville, Eure-et-Loir, FR
Died: 06/18/2008

In 1939, he completed "Macao, l'enfer du jeu/Gambling Hell", a thriller about gunrunners in the Far East co-starring Erich von Stroheim and Sessue Hayakawa. When the Germans occupied France, the director was forced to replace von Stroheim (who was a virulent anti-Nazi) with Pierre Renoir and re-shoot several sequences in order to secure distribution. (The Renoir version was released in 1942 and the von Stroheim one after the war in 1945.) By 1940, however, Delannoy had achieved commercial success with "Le Diamant noir" (in which his sister Henriette appeared). During the German occupation in the early 40s, the director avoided collaborating with Continentale and remained in the free zone. Am... Continue Bio >>

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