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Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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A French film maker.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (born September 3, 1953) is a French film director.      Jean-Pierre Jeunet was born in Roanne, Loire, France. He bought his first camera at the age of 17 and made short films while studying animation at Cinémation … see full wiki

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French Film Genius - Jean Pierre Jeunet.

  • Jun 16, 2009
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The French Film Director Jean Pierre Jeunet was born in 1953, bought his first camera at the age of 17, started to make some short films and studied animation (he is a big Tex Avery fan) With his friend Marc Caro he began to make  animation and their first live action film was The bunker of the last gunshots -  1981. 
Pierre is the director of their films while Caro is the visual designer.

Pierre also made some adverstisments and  Music Videos including Jean Michel Jaree - ZooLook




Jean Pierre Jeunet is self tought as a film maker and basically learned through trial and error to make Great films. One of his best short films is Foutaises.



In this short film you have many of the characteristics of Jeunet, unusal camera angels, shots taken from below, fast cuts, humour and intelligence. It also features the wonderful French actor Dominique Pinon which acts in most of his films.

The first full length film he made with Marc Caro was Delicatessen 1991, which is a futuristic black comedy full of interesting quirky visual patterns which often coincide with interesting aural patterns like the famous scene below.



The Delicatessen soundtrack is also Fabulous, with musical saw and Cello duet and other facinating sounds. Jeunet always pays particular attention to sound design in his Films and it is very facinating to experience the harmony between sounds and visual patterns in his films.

In Their next film The City of Lost Children 1995, they created a Fantasy Science Fiction world with striking designs and a very original look. 



Then he was asked to direct Alien 4. 1997. This film is not your typical Jeunet film as it is a part of the Alien saga but it has his unique visual style.




The next Film was Amelie 2001, and he made that one without Marc Caro and it was the film that made him world Famous as it was to become one of the most popular French Film ever made.
Amelie is an absolute Masterpiece, perfectly casted has a great story, fantastically told, full of humour and warmth, the visuals are striking, it paints a very beautiful picture of Paris and the story has so many humourous and intelligent aspects to it. 
The soundtrack is Brilliant and the music of Yann Tiersen fits the film perfectly with its happy/melancholy mood and the quirky blend of childlike creativity and humour. It is brighter and more optimistic than Pierre´s previous films and it doesn´t hurt either that the leading lady Audrey Tautou is one of the cutest female on the planet. 



Pierre made his next film also with Tautou which is A Very Long Engagement. 2004, It is a combination of an Anti War film, a Love Story and a Detective Story, the film is full of his trademark visual brilliance and intelligence.



Jeunet and Tautou also have recently made an Ad for Chanel No 5.  2009.




I think Jean Pierre Jeunet is one of the Greatest Film makers of today, he is very precise when making his films, nothing is left to change, it is all meticulously storyboarded, but still if a new and good idea presents itself he is flexible enough to use it. His style is unique, his use of colour and camera angels are brilliant and his stories are always so interesting and humane.
He wonderfuly combines humour and intelligence and creates a visual world that is full of interesting patterns both visual and aural. 
A totaly unique and brilliant film maker and one of my favorite artist.



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