Jacques Laurent or Jacques Laurent-Cély (6 January 1919, Paris – 28 December 2000) was a French writer and journalist. He was born in Paris, the son of a barrister. During World War II he fought with the Algerian Tirailleurs.
6 January 1919
|Died||28 December 2000 81) (aged|
|Occupation||Film director, Journalist|
Laurent was elected to the Académie française in 1986.
Laurent belonged to the literary group of the Hussards, and is known as a prolific historical novelist, essay writer, and screenwriter under the nom de plume of Cecil Saint-Laurent. The 1955 film Lola Montès, directed by Max Ophüls, was based on his historic novel based on the life of Lola Montez. He wrote Jean Aurel's Oscar-nominated 1963 World War I documentary, 14-18. He also directed the film Quarante-huit heures d'amour/48 Hours of Love (1969).
Another noteworthy novel by Saint-Laurent was Caroline Cherie (written in 1947), a powerful book set in the early days of the French Revolution. This also became a film. This was released in France in 1953, directed by Jean-Devaivre and starring Martine Carol in the title role. Saint-Laurent was one of the scriptwriters of the film.
The 1961 "Les Passagers pour Alger" (translated to English as "Algerian Adventure") was a contemporary thriller,set against the background of the then raging Algerian War, and like many of his books written from the point of view of adventurous, daring young woman.
- As Jacques Laurent
- As J.C Laurent
- As Cecil Saint-Laurent
- As Albéric Varenne
- 1948 : Quand la France occupait l'Europe (éditions le Portulan)
- Quai de Grenelle, directed by Emil-Edwin Reinert (1950, based on the novel La Mort à boire)
- Dear Caroline, directed by Richard Pottier (1951, based on the novel Caroline Chérie)
- Un caprice de Caroline chérie, directed by Jean Devaivre (1953, based on the novel Les Caprices de Caroline)
- La figlia di Mata Hari, directed by Carmine Gallone and Renzo Merusi (1954, based on the novel La Fille de Mata-Hari)
- Caroline and the Rebels, directed by Jean Devaivre (1955, based on the novel Le Fils de Caroline chérie)
- Frou-Frou, directed by Augusto Genina (1955, based on the novel Frou-Frou)
- Sophie et le Crime, directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit (1955, based on the novel Sophie et le crime)
- Bad Liaisons, directed by Alexandre Astruc (1955, based on the novel Une sacrée salade)
- Lola Montès, directed by Max Ophüls (1955, based on the novel La Vie Extraordinaire de Lola Montes)
- Caroline chérie, directed by Denys de La Patellière (1968, based on the novel Caroline Chérie)
- 1953: Lucrèce Borgia, directed by Christian-Jaque
- 1956: Maid in Paris, directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit
- 1959: Le secret du Chevalier d'Éon, directed by Jacqueline Audry
- 1962: Le Masque de fer, directed by Henri Decoin
- 1963: 14-18, directed by Jean Aurel
- 1964: All About Loving, directed by Jean Aurel
- 1967: Sept hommes et une garce, directed by Bernard Borderie
- 1967: Lamiel, directed by Jean Aurel
- 1968: Manon 70, directed by Jean Aurel
- 1969: Quarante-huit heures d'amour, directed by Jacques Laurent
- 1969: Les Femmes, directed by Jean Aurel