Jean-Pierre Jeunet-Film Director

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (1955-present) is a famous French director known for his popular and strange films. Being the director and writer of La Cité des Enfants Perdus and Delicatessen, Jean Pierre Jeunet and his partner Marc Caro create original surrealist worlds that has captured the attention of cult audiences. Jeunet became known in the 1970's and 1980's for his strange animation techniques and later in the 1990's use of computer animation in French films. In their passion for creating whole worlds (complete with antique, Jules Verne-ish technologies) Jeunet and Caro seem as if they are graduates of Terry Gilliam University. Their directorial style has been compared to those of other popular directors to the French, Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Dune, Lost Highway). Their work has the same drawbacks, too: on film, "whole worlds" can be over encompassing. This puts the audience in a position to have to learn and understand the world, something that American culture lacks appreciation for. With his imagination and a computer, Jeunet has created strange worlds that can only be understood by watching the amazing films.

(An example of one of the many strange worlds Jeunet has created. Shown here is Cite des Enfants Perdus)

The two had collaborated for about fifteen years on TV commercials, short films, and music videos. But not until 1997 did Jeunet set out to direct a high budget American film. Alien Resurrection or Alien 4 with Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder was Jeunet's first completely American film..

Here is a filmography of Jeunet's films

LONGS METRAGES (feature length films)

1997- Alien Resurrection

1995- Cité des Enfants Perdus

1991- Delicatessen

COURTS METRAGES (short films)

1989- Foutaises (aka The Merry-Go-Round)

1981- Bunker de la dernière rafale (aka Bunker of the last gunshots)

1980- Le Manège (un dessin animé)

1978- L'Évasion (UN dessin animé)

Links to French film pages - Pariscope, what films are playing in Paris today and more