Marcel Camus

About Marcel Camus

Who is it?: Director, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Writer
Birth Day: April 21, 1912
Birth Place: Chappes, Ardennes, France

Marcel Camus

The work of Marcel Camus is characterized by a lyricism which, although central to his fine films of the 1950s and 60s -...
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As per our current Database, Marcel Camus has been died on 13 January, 1982 at Paris, France.

🎂 Marcel Camus - Age, Bio, Faces and Birthday

When Marcel Camus die, Marcel Camus was 70 years old.

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Occupation Director
Age 70 years old
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Born April 21, 1912 (Chappes, Ardennes, France)
Birthday April 21
Town/City Chappes, Ardennes, France
Nationality France

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Marcel Camus’s zodiac sign is Taurus. According to astrologers, Taurus is practical and well-grounded, the sign harvests the fruits of labor. They feel the need to always be surrounded by love and beauty, turned to the material world, hedonism, and physical pleasures. People born with their Sun in Taurus are sensual and tactile, considering touch and taste the most important of all senses. Stable and conservative, this is one of the most reliable signs of the zodiac, ready to endure and stick to their choices until they reach the point of personal satisfaction.

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The work of Marcel Camus is characterized by a lyricism which, although central to his fine films of the 1950s and 60s - Fugitive in Saigon (1957), Black Orpheus (1959) and Love in the Night (1968) - later deteriorated into superficial sentimentality.

Camus was a professor of painting and sculpture before breaking into film as an assistant to Alexandre Astruc, Georges Rouquier and Jacques Becker, among others. During this period he made his first film, a short documentary called Renaissance Du Havre (1950).

Like many French filmmakers whose first chance to direct a feature came in the postwar era, Camus chose to deal explicitly with the issue of personal sacrifice in the context of war. But unlike most of his colleagues who quite naturally dealt with WWII, Camus took as his subject the war in Indochina.

Based on a novel by Jean Hougron, Fugitive in Saigon depicts a village caught between two fronts. Its only possibility of survival involves the destruction of a dam on which it depends. Camus then embarked on three films in collaboration with scenarist Jacques Viot.

The first, Black Orpheus, brought him international acclaim. Winner of the 1959 grand prize at Cannes and an Academy Award as best foreign language film, this exotic modern adaptation of the Greek legend portrays its Orpheus (Breno Mello) as a streetcar conductor who meets his Eurydice (Marpessa Dawn) and lives out his legendary destiny during the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

The next two Camus-Viot collaborations, Os Bandeirantes (1960) and L'oiseau de paradis (1962), were generally well received, but neither lived up to the expectations created by Black Orpheus. Love in the Night (1968), an affecting portrait of nocturnal Paris, proved successful, but Un été sauvage (1970) was generally recognized as an inauthentic and superficial evocation of young people on vacation in Saint-Tropez.

Camus then returned to the subject of war, this time with a gentle comedy about a Normandy restaurant owner who becomes a hero of the Resistance in spite of himself. Le mur de l'Atlantique (1970) offered a rich role for comic actor Bourvil, but was essentially a routine commercial product.

This unfortunate trend continued with Bahia (1976), and some unexceptional work for French TV.


  • Lourdes de Oliveira (1959 - ?)
  • Marpessa Dawn (? - 1959)
  • Andrée Feix (? - ?)

Marcel Camus Movies

  • Black Orpheus (1959) as Director
  • Os Bandeirantes (1960) as Director
  • Bahia (1976) as Director
  • L'oiseau de paradis (1962) as Director

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