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Jacques Tourneur/Oregon filmmaker

November 7th, 2008 by Anne Richardson · No Comments · 1940's, Oregon filmmaker

The above image is from Berlin Express, which was made by Jacques Tourneau two years after he came to Southern Oregon to make Canyon Passage.

 As soon as he was old enough, Jacques worked as an assistant to his father Maurice Tourneur, a French director whose American film career was contemporaneous with that of D. W. Griffith. How to tell Tourneur, Sr. from Tourneur, Jr.? Dad made the The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) and Last of the Mohicans (1920). Son made Cat People (1942) and Out Of The Past (1947).

Portland based film critic Gary Morris referees the critical pie fight over Jacques Tourneur’s reputation. I have to bow out of the fray, since I haven’t seen enough Tourneur films.

Here’s Jacques Tourneur, at work:

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