Marcel Jullian

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Marcel Jullian (born January 31, 1922 in Châteaurenard , † June 28, 2004 in Paris ) was a French author , publicist , director and television producer . He worked for French comedians such as Bourvil and Louis de Funès .


Jullian joined the French Resistance in 1940 , was arrested by the German National Socialists and sentenced to death. The Allied invasion of Normandy released him from custody. While in custody, he recited poems by Aragon and Rimbaud, thereby strengthening the morale of his cellmates.

After graduating from university in the fine arts ( beaux arts ), Jullian initially practiced manual trades and worked as a miner and driver . In addition, he acquired a pilot's license .

He returned to his literary ambitions in 1955 when he joined the Amiot-Dumont publishing house as an editor . He then moved to the publishing house Librairie Académique Perrin. He founded his own publishing company called "Atelier Marcel Jullian" in 1978 and published the Mémoires d'Espoir , the memoirs of Charles de Gaulle .


As an author, he has published books on the history of World War II , on literature and with his own poetry. His first novel L'Oiseau from 1960 was followed by works on François Villon , Alphonse Daudet , Charles de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou . When he was already over seventy years old, he wrote a double biography on Louis XVI. and Robespierre Louis et Maximilien; two visages de la France . He won the Prix ​​Cazes for the first volume of his memoirs Mémoires busionnière .

He demonstrated his ability to write popular screenplays in the film 100,000 dollars in the sun (Cent mille dollars au soleil) , made by Henri Verneuil in 1964. In 1965, Le Corniaud was his contribution to comedians Bourvil and Louis de Funès. The film Drei Bruchpiloten in Paris (La grande vadrouille) by director Gérard Oury , which was also made for television, is based on Jullian's script. In 1969 he worked for the film The Super Brain with Jean-Paul Belmondo and David Niven as the leading actors. Another war film Le Mur de l'Atlantique and a comedy La Folie des grandeurs with Louis de Funès and Yves Montand in Delusions de Grandeur followed in 1970 and 1971.

Jullian continued to focus on television. These include his adaptation of the historical novel Les Rois maudits by Maurice Druon, the television films La Tragédie de Vérone , Beau-François and the film adaptation of the life of Charlemagne . His last piece was Le Vieil Ours et l'Enfant .

After the old TV company ORTF was split up , Jullian became president of Antenne 2 in January 1975 . Two years later, however, Jullian had to resign as president.

Individual evidence

  1. For the work see the obituary: Marcel Jullian est mort , June 29, 2004 [1]

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