Famous French Directors

Georges Melies

One can scarcely talk about French directors without mentioning Georges Melies. His career began at the very dawn of the art of cinema itself, and when he initially began learning how to make movies it was in the days when film projectors were hand made devices before anybody thought to mass manufacture them. When he finally got a film projector, he puzzled out how to both use it as a camera and how to develop and print his films. Due to technical limitations, the longest film he could make was only 40 minutes long, but his training as a stage magician allowed him to be perhaps the first pioneer of the field of special effects, using his old stage magic tricks in front of the camera to tell a fantastical story.

Christophe Gans

This modern French director is a specialist in horror and fantasy films just as O’Connell & Aronowitz are specialists at several types of law. He first efforts were crude martial films made with his friends on a Super 8 camera, but eventually he climbed the ladder to make his first professional film, a short in an anthology movie of films adapting the works of horror legend H.P. Lovecraft titled Necronomicon. His biggest hit in the genre was Brotherhood of the Wolf, a historical horror action film based on the legendary Beast of Gevaudan, a historical legend of a strange creature that murdered people in the French countryside in the 18th century.

Jean Rollin

Something of an unsung hero in the world of French cinema, Jean Rollin is best known for his work in the uniquely French fantastique genre, in particular several vampire themed films. His career spanned fifty years and while many of his films were well received by critics, they performed poorly at the box office. Eventually he ended up directing pornographic films before getting back in to horror and making a comeback as a legitimate film artist.

Here is a French-Canadian actor discussing his time on set. We believe he would be a great fit with one of the directors listed above: