Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

Jacques Doniol-Valcroze (French: [ʒak dɔnjɔl valkʁoz]; 15 March 1920 6 October 1989) was a French actor, critic, screenwriter, and director. In 1951, Doniol-Valcroze was a co-founder of the renowned film magazine Cahiers du cinéma, along with André Bazin and Joseph-Marie Lo Duca. The magazine was initially edited by Doniol-Valcroze between 1951-1957. As critic, he championed numerous filmmakers including Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, and Nicholas Ray.

Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
Born(1920-03-15)15 March 1920
Died6 October 1989(1989-10-06) (aged 69)
OccupationFilm critic, Film director, screenwriter, actor

In 1955, he was a member of the jury at the 16th Venice International Film Festival,[1] and in 1964 a member of the jury at the 14th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

New Wave

In his thirties he played a pivotal role in the French New Wave, discussing the beginnings of "the new cinema" as the co-founder of Cahiers du cinéma and defended Alain Robbe-Grillet.[3]

In 1963 he appeared in L'Immortelle, an international co-produced drama art film[4] directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet.

His own works in this area include directing the film L'eau a la bouche and acting in some New Wave films, including Chantal Akerman's cult classic Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. Additionally he was friends with François Truffaut who shot his first film Une Visite in his apartment.[5] He was married to Françoise Brion.[6]

The Director’s Fortnight, founded in 1968 during the nationwide strikes which closed down the Cannes Film Festival that year, was the brainchild of Jacques Doniol-Valcroze. The event was sponsored by his fledgling Société des Réalisateurs de Films (Film Directors Society) with the intention of "...opening up the Cannes Festival to little-known filmmakers and national cinemas, without concern for budgets or shooting formats."[7]

He died of a ruptured aneurysm in 1989.


Year Title Role Notes
1950OrfeuYoung Man at Café des PoètesUncredited
1960Le bel âgeJacques
1962And Satan Calls the TurnsÉric
1963L'ImmortelleN, the Man
1963Portuguese VacationJacques
1963Los felices sesentaVíctor
1968Je t'aime, je t'aimeLe responsable d'édition
1970Le VoyouLe banquier
1971L'amour c'est gai, l'amour c'est tristeLe 1er client
1971Out 1Etienne
1973Elle court, elle court la banlieueLe premier dentiste
1973A Full Day's WorkLe juré Jacquemont, l'acteur jouant Hamlet
1975Playing with FireLe commissaire Laurent
1975Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles2nd Caller
1977The Apprentice HeelL'adjoint au maire Forelon
1977Goodbye EmmanuelleMichel Cordier
1978En l'autre bord
1979Memoirs of a French Whore
1980Le soleil en faceUn invité du débat télé
1980Je vais craquer!!!Maxence, le critique littéraire
1984Le Bon PlaisirLawyer


  1. "Juries for the 1950s". Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  2. "Berlinale 1964: Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-02-16.
  3. Cahiers du Cinema by Jim Hillier, David Wilson, British Film Institute, Nick Browne
  4. Lewis, Zach (1 April 2014). "Blu-ray Review: 'L'immortelle' a forgotten staple of French arthouse". PopOptiq. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  5. François Truffaut by Diana Holmes, Robert Ingram, pg 38
  6. Brion, F. (1972) "[Interview with André Gardies]", in: Gardies, A. Alain Robbe-Grillet. Paris: Seghers; pp. 166-68
  7. "Cannes Film Festival Films: Director's Fortnight". cannesguide.com.

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