|Born||in Orange, Vaucluse, France|
|Died||in Poissy, Yvelines, France (road accident)|
Mini Bio (1)
At a time when women directors make more and more their presence felt on the French scene ,the importance of Jacqueline Audry cannot be overstated .All today's daring Metteuses En Scene are certainly her psychic daughters as they are Agnès Varda's.Audry ,born in 1908 ,began to direct long before Varda ,as contemporary of Ida Lupino in America. Audry's movies mostly dealt with female psychology from every angle.Her first effort was a subversive adaptation of La Comtesse De Ségur's "Les Malheurs De Sophie "(1946):the young heroine refused the aristocratic happiness and eventually took a rebel stand ."Gigi"(1948) (remade by Vincente Minnelli as a musical) and "Minne"(1950) ,both from Colette 's novels ,featured Danielle Delorme.But it was the overlooked "Olivia" (1951) which revealed Audry's remarkable talent : in a boarding-school for girls,two female teachers vied with each other for their students' love ;using literary works to enhance her story ,helped by Edwige Feuillère's masterful performance ,this Audry's tour De force about lesbianism was far ahead of its time."Huis clos"(1954) from Sartre was her second great achievement: the beginning (the elevator) might have inspired Alan Parker for "angel heart" ;using flashbacks to avoid filmed stage production style,Audry's directing is dazzling ,with an excellent cast featuring glorious Arletty as lesbian Inès.'La Garçonne " ,a remake of a thirties movie which surpassed its model ,introduced a woman who would want to live like a man :it contained scenes which, at the time ,were more scandalous than what Roger Vadim was doing with Brigitte Bardot.Sadly,another remake ,"L'Ecole Des Cocottes "(1958),could not hold a candle to the thirties version featuring RaImu .Her last worthwhile effort was "Le Secret Du Chevalier D'Eon"(1960) ,the fictionalized story of Louis The Fifteenth's spy who used to dress up as a woman :both this film and "La Garçonne" featured Andrée Debar ,whose androgynous looks worked wonders .A road movie ("Les Petits Matins" ,1961)and other indifferent movies in the sixties and Audry's career closed in 1971.She died in 1977,and she had unfairly sunk into oblivion.She was married to screenwriter Pierre Laroche who would work with her.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: dbdumonteil
|Pierre Laroche||(? - ?)|