Jean-Louis Comolli

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Jean-Louis Comolli (born July 30, 1941 in Philippeville near Constantine , then French Algeria ) is a French film critic, screenwriter, film director and jazz writer.


Comolli was born near Constantine in Algeria, then France . While still in Algeria, he was enthusiastic about jazz music by Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk . Comolli was a film critic for the Cahiers du cinéma from 1962 to 1978 and wrote for Jazz Magazine from the 1960s . He began making documentaries and short films in 1968. At the same time, he has been known as a jazz writer since the 1960s, especially for the book Free Jazz-Black Power with Philippe Carles (editor-in-chief of Jazz Magazine , for which Comolli also writes), which is also a social history of African American in the USA, and as a Ko -Author of a French jazz dictionary. He is a professor at the University of Paris VIII.

Comolli made, among other things, documentaries about Georges Delerue , the history of the left, z. B. the Paris Commune ( La Cecilia ) and Buenaventura Durruti (1999), or about the election campaign of the Front National by Jean-Marie Le Pen in southern France ( La campagne de Provence ) or by Bernard Tapie in Marseille in 1992 ( Marseille contre Marseille ). He was nominated for the César for the 1987 TV film Petition . His 1981 feature film L'ombre rouge (Secret Operation Marseille) with Claude Brasseur and Nathalie Baye is about a communist arms smuggler in the Spanish Civil War who is caught by the Gestapo. For his films he often uses music by Michel Portal , Martial Solal or Louis Sclavis .

He also appeared in small supporting roles as an actor, for example in Alphaville in 1965 with Eddie Constantine (as Professor Jeckell).


as an author

  • Cinéma contre Spectacle suivi de “Technique et idéologie” 1971–1972 . Lagrasse, Verdier 2009, ISBN 978-2-86432-587-1 .
  • Voir et pouvoir. L'innocence perdue; cinéma, télévision, fiction, documentaire. (Collection Sciences humaines). Lagrasse, Verdier 2004, ISBN 2-86432-411-3 .
  • Arrêt sur histoire . Center Georges Pompidou Service Commercial, Paris 1997, ISBN 2-85850-900-X (together with Jacques Rancière ).
  • Free jazz, black power. ("Free Jazz, Black Power", 2000). Edition Dillmann, Hofheim 1980, ISBN 3-9800387-0-X (EA 1974, together with Philippe Carles).
  • The passing actor. Sketch of a renaissance . In: Paul Willemsen, Thomas Trummer (Ed.): Actors & Extras . Argos Center for Art & Media, Brussels 2009, ISBN 978-90-76855-00-4 , pp. 51-74.
  • Fatal rendez-vous . In: Jean-Michel Frodon: Le cinéma et la Shoa. Un art à l'épreuve de la tragédie du 20e siècle . Cahiers du cinéma, Paris 2007, ISBN 978-2-86642-446-6 , pp. 69-84.

as editor

  • Le nouveau Dictionnaire du jazz. (Collection Bouquins). Edition Robert Laffont, Paris 2011, ISBN 978-2-221-11592-3 (former title: Dictionnaire du Jazz. Together with Philippe Carles and André Clergeat ).
  • Cinéma et Politique. 1956–1970, les années pop . Center National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris 2001, ISBN 2-84246-055-3 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Short biography in Dictionnaire du Jazz 1988.
  2. This essay was based on articles published between spring 1971 and autumn 1972 in the magazine Cahiers du Cinéma. published.