Pierre de Hérain

Pierre de Hérain (24 July 1904 – 25 September 1972) was a French film director.

Pierre de Hérain
Pierre Paul Henri Déhérain

(1904-07-24)24 July 1904
Died25 September 1972(1972-09-25) (aged 68)
Paris, France
OccupationFilm director
Parent(s)François de Hérain
Eugénie Hardon
RelativesPierre Paul Dehérain (paternal grandfather)
Philippe Pétain (stepfather)[1]

Early life

Pierre de Hérain was born as Pierre Déhérain on 24 July 1904 in Avilly-Saint-Léonard, Oise, France.[1][2] His father, François de Hérain, was a painter.[1] His mother, Eugénie Hardon, later married Marshal Philippe Pétain, who became his stepfather.[1][3]


De Hérain began his career in film as an assistant director of Itto, a 1934 film directed by Jean Benoît-Lévy and Marie Epstein.[1] In 1935, he was an assistant director to Divine, directed by Max Ophüls.[1] In 1938, he was an assistant director of Monsieur Coccinelle, directed by Dominique Bernard-Deschamps.[4]

De Hérain directed five films in the 1940s.[1] One of them, Monsieur des Lourdines, was based on a novel by Alphonse de Châteaubriant.[3]


De Hérain died on 25 September 1972 in Paris.[1][2]


As an assistant director

  • Itto (1934)
  • Divine (1935)
  • Monsieur Coccinelle (1938)

As a director


  1. Rège, Philippe (2010). Encyclopedia of French Film Directors. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. p. 501. ISBN 9780810861374. OCLC 643833870.
  2. "Herain, Pierre de (1904-1972) forme internationale". Bibliothèque nationale de France. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  3. Butler, Margaret (2004). Film and Community in Britain and France: From La Règle Du Jeu to Room at the Top. New York: I.B. Tauris. p. 52. ISBN 9781860649547. OCLC 56807838.
  4. Crisp, Colin (2015). French Cinema—A Critical Filmography. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. p. 245. ISBN 9780253016966. OCLC 922669795.

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