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Jean Genet (1910–1986)


Jean-Paul Sartre likens Jean Genet to a saint for a very particular reason, a reason that is apparent in the title of the biography, but which does not translate in the English title--"Saint Genet: Actor and Martyr"--because meaning and referentiality are lost. The French title is "Saint Genet: Comédien et Martyr"; the phrase "Saint Genet" evokes ... See full bio »

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(age 75) in Paris, France

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Known For

Poison Writer
(1991)
(1950)
(2017)
Mademoiselle Writer
(1966)

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 2017 Body of Deceit (inspiration)
 2016 Tango de los marineros (Video short)
 2008 Die Zofen (TV Movie) (written by)
 2006 A Good F*** (Short) (inspiration)
 2006 Jean Genet, c'était pas moi (Short) (novel "L'ennemi déclaré")
 2006 Jean je n'ai... (Short)
 2005 Tout aura lieu sur fond de nuit (Short) (text "Quatre heures à Chatila")
 2003 Serva e padrona (novel)
 2002 Le balcon (TV Movie) (novel)
 1999 Genet à Chatila (Documentary) (book "Un captif amoureux" and article "Quatre heures à Chatila")
 1991 Walking a Tightrope (inspiration)
 1991 Poison (inspired by the novels of Jean Genet with quotations from "Miracle of the Rose", "Our Lady of the Flowers" and "Thief's Journal")
 1986 Le sphinx (Documentary short) (text "Quatre heures à Chatila")
 1985 Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud (Short) (text)
 1985 Les bonnes (TV Movie) (by)
 1982 Parveke (TV Movie) (writer)
 1982 Querelle (novel "Querelle de Brest")
 1981 Black Mirror (play "Haute Surveillance") / (screenplay)
 1975 Plain-chant (TV Series) (commentary - 1 episode)
- Jean Genet: saint, martyr et poète (1975) ... (commentary)
 1975 The Maids (play "Les Bonnes")
 1975 Poor Pretty Eddie (play "The Balcony" - uncredited)
 1967 Possession du condamné (Short) (poem)
 1966 Der Neger (TV Movie) (play)
 1966 Mademoiselle (story)
 1966 Pour le plaisir (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Derrière les paravents (1966) ... (writer: play "Les Paravents", excerpts)
 1966 Deathwatch (play "Haute surveillance")
 1966 Jungfruleken (TV Movie) (play "Les Bonnes")
 1964 Die Zofen (TV Movie) (play "Les Bonnes")
 1964 Hushjelpene (TV Movie) (based on play)
 1963 The Balcony (play)
 1962 Stuepigerne (TV Movie) (play "Les Bonnes")
 1956 Kiss of Fire (uncredited)
 1950 Un Chant D'Amour (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1969 Winter) His play, "The Balcony," was performed in the Old Globe Theatre production at the Cassius Carter Centre Stage in San Diego, California. Craig Noel was artistic director and director. See more »

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5 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | See more »

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Personal Quote:

My imagination is plunged into abjection, but in this respect it is noble, it is pure. I refuse to be an impostor; and if I should happen to go too far when pushing a hero or a plot towards what's horrifying or obscene, at least I'm going in the direction of the truth.

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Anthony Burgess once memorably described Genet as a "masturbator and excremental narcissist". See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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