At his home in Neuilly, Paris, June 16, French film director Rene Clair received friends and journalists who congratulated him on joining the 40 "Immortals" of the Academie Francaise, which guards the purity of the French language.
GV PAN..To Rene Clair's residence.
CU Sign "Avenue de Madrid".
SCU From left to right.. Marcel Bagnol Rene Clair and Marcel Achard.
SV Members of the press.
CU Marcel Achard talks with Mrs. Jacqueline Bouvier.
CU M. Daniel removing spectacles.
CU Rene Clair talks to Andre Maurois.
SCU Rene Clair conversing with friends.
FULL CU.. Ditto.
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Background: At his home in Neuilly, Paris, June 16, French film director Rene Clair received friends and journalists who congratulated him on joining the 40 "Immortals" of the Academie Francaise, which guards the purity of the French language.
Proposed by Andre Maurois, the author, Rene Clair was elected a member of the Academy by 18 votes to 8, in the second round of voting. He takes the place of the late poet Fernand Gregh. This it the first time that the Academy has chosen a new member almost exclusively because of his work for the cinema. Other academicians noted in the cinema world - such as Jean Cocteau and Marcel Pagnol - owed their election as much as anything to their general literary or theatrical reputations.
Born on November 11, 1898, Rene Chaumette - as he is actual called - started as reporter, became a film actor in 1920, and eventually assisted Jacques de Baroncelli who persuaded him to make his first film " Paris qui dort". Today, with a record of 26 productions including "Le Million", "Sous les Toits de Paris", "Quatorze Juillet", "Port des Lilas" and "Les Belles de Nuit", Rene Clair is internationally known as one of the outstanding creative talents of the screen.