1913 - 1998
The life story of Jean Marais ist inseparable with the one of Jean Cocteau. When Cocteau entered the life of the young Marais it developed an 25-year lasting friendship and love affair. The one would have been unthinkable without the other.
Therefore the film career Jean Marais was also marked by the director Jean Cocteau.
It had always been a dream of Jean Marais to stay on the stage but before he met Cocteau he only played small parts. In movies he already appeared at the beginning of the 30's, among them "Dans les rues" (33), "Etienne" (33), "L'aventurier" (34) and "Nuits de feu" (37). After that came the great change. Jean Marais acted in the theater play „Les parents terribles - Die schrecklichen Eltern“ in Paris and was very successful. The play was adapt for the screen in 1948 and 1980, also with Jean Marais.
When he worked together with Jean Cocteau, their movies were very special. They conveyed an exceptional atmosphere and the movies were influenced by the artistic bent of both of them. To their most important works belong „L'éternel retour - Der ewige Bann“ (43), the masterpiece „La belle et la bête - Die Schöne und das Biest“ (46), „L'aigle à deux têtes - Der Doppeladler“ (48) and „Orphée - Orpheus“ (49).
Beside it were also other directors who knew how to bring his appearance effective into play. Since the 30's to his death he took part in more than 80 movies, among them popular productions like „Carmen“ (45), „Mayerling“ (1948), „Le château de verre“ (50), „Le comte de Monte-Cristo - Der Graf von Monte Christo“ (1955), „Napoléon“ (1955), „Le notti bianche - Weisse Nächte“ (1957), „Le testament d'Orphée - Das Testament des Orpheus“ (1960), „Austerlitz“ (1960), „Ponzio Pilato - Pontius Pilatus“ (1962), „Le masque de fer - Die eiserne Maske“ (1962), „Fantomas“ (1964) and „Les Misérables“ (1995).
Jean Marais was like his mentor Jean Cocteau a painter, he wrote and
directed and turned out to be a versatile artist.
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