Henri Decaë (31 July 1915 – 7 March 1987) gained fame as a cinematographer entering the film industry as a sound engineer and sound editor. He was a photojournalist in the French army during World War II. After the war he began making documentary shorts, directing and photographing industrial and commercial films. In 1947 he made his first feature film.Decaë is strongly associated with directors who strongly influenced, or were part of, the French New Wave. These include Jean-Pierre Melville, Louis Malle and Claude Chabrol. Decaë first worked as a cinematographer with Melville on Le Silence de la Mer (1949). Decaë also edited and mixed the sound. Although Decaë worked with Melville on Les enfants terribles, which as Williams commented (1992, p333) "...the work is more accurately to be viewed as a stunning demonstration of the cinematic possibilities of faithful literary adaptation in the hands of a gifted director", according to Marie (p 88) it was his distinctive camera work on Bob le flambeur which caught the attention of the Cahiers critics. Malle hired him for his first two features and Chabrol for his first three features. They had been lucky as Decaë was finding it hard to get work at that time as he was being informally shunned by many after participating in a critical film about the Korean War. By the time Decaë worked for François Truffaut on The 400 Blows he came with a reputation, which meant that he was the highest-paid person on the film. Decaë's liking for natural light, his ability to work at speed as well as his excellent photographic sensibility led to him working with René Clément on several features beginning with Plein soleil (1960). It was Decaë "...who liberated the camera, from its fixed tripod. He made the New Wave possible, backing up Melville, Malle, Chabrol and Truffaut." (Marie, 2003 p 89) For bibliographical references see bibliography under Cinema of France.
Movies & TV shows
Is This Reasonable?
A young journalist from Nice is going to Paris to meet with a famous judge in order to understand a case. She doesn't know that the judge was a criminal. A couple is outside.
The president of an African country is going to be killed by a French secret agent. He is abandoned in the hands of foreign authorities when a counter-order is given before he can execute his mission....
Grégoire Lecomte, the unlucky actor anxious to find a "real job", goes to take a screen test for a role of a killer, but gets to mafiosi by mistake. He takes their don for a producer, and they mistake...
After the failure of his recent criminal exploits, international con artist Alexandre Dupré sets off for Venice to try to trick some Japanese business men into buying a fake copy of a Caneletto. He wa...
A detective, fresh out of the academy, gets the assignment to protect a reporter. She has questioned the strength of a mobster who abducts her.
A group of modern day pirates led by David Warner raid boats of people on vacation in the Caribbean. Michael Caine is a reporter who goes out there with his son to investigate the mystery of the disap...
An Almost Perfect Affair
This sparkling romantic comedy about two unlikely lovers who find each other amid the glamour and excitement of the film festival is on the back cover. An idealistic first-time director lives for his ...
The Hard Way
A soon-to-retire hitman agrees to work one last job. He's had enough of his trade. Connor wants to leave the lonely world of marksman behind him and disappear into the background in order to save his ...
Cop or Hood
Stan Borowitz was sent to investigate the situation after the local police inspector was found dead. He found a police corruption nest when he pretended to be the brother of the prostitutes long lost ...
These Sorcerers Are Mad
Un chmeur professionnel est envoyé par son patron l'le Maurice. Un soir de beuverie, le hommes se soulagent. Offensés par ce sacrilge. Deux hommes finissent cependant par tirer parti de ces désavanta...
The Boys from Brazil
There is a plan to reignite the Third Reich.
A renowned photographer is investigating the accident of her husband. She is discovering the workings of a plot to kill John W. There is a person named Maxwell.
Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with a woman who is dying.
Death of a Corrupt Man
In the middle of the night, deputy Philippe Dubaye woke up his friend and told him that he had just killed Serrano. Serrano was going to use Dubaye's corrupt dealings against him. He ran into difficul...
Seven Nights in Japan
Prince George arrives in Japan. He smiles broadly and goes through the complicated process of being greeted by a host nation. But housed with the Ambassador and his family, the Prince finds the atmosp...
The Wild Goose Chase
There is a vault where the documents are kept. Whoever fills in the blank is the owner. Big money is involved. The nephew of the vault's owner is trying to get his name in the documents. The bank's ma...
In 1942, the country of Czechoslovakia. Three Czechs risk their lives to rid their country of a brutal Nazi leader.
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob
Victor Pivert, a French factory owner, is taken hostage by Slimane, an Arab rebel leader, in this riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities. The police in Slimane's country think Pivert is a m...
Don Juan or If Don Juan Were a Woman
She thinks she is the reincarnation of Don Juan. She told the priest that she killed a man. She told the priest that she had sex with men after her father died. She says the seduction is easy. An elec...
Evan is a deserter from the Vietnam war and is on his way back to America to give himself up when he meets a beautiful model. The two make an unlikely couple, but once in France the magic of Paris wor...
Le droit d'aimer
Pierre hasn't seen his wife in two years. Pierre has been kept as a political prisoner, among hundreds of other men, with forced work. Dozens of men die every week due to Tuberculosis, and despite Hel...
The Light at the Edge of the World
The lighthouse is on a rocky island. They plan to cause ships to run aground by pillaging their wrecks. A lone member of the lighthouse crew is still alive. A woman that avoids the pirates slaughter c...
Delusions of Grandeur
Louis de Funs is the minister of the King of Spain. He has an advantage because he collects the taxes himself. He was ordered to retire because he had an illegitimate child with a Queen's maid. His ne...
The author,Antoine Brisebard, is a victim of a blackmailer, Jo, who threatens to jeopardize his reputation by revealing the past of his wife, Sylvia. Brisebard accidentally killed himself while the la...
A car salesman goes to France to meet a woman. He succeeds in wooing her, but she is actually a baron's spouse. The Englishman was hired by the baron to teach his son everything about automobiles. A c...
Le Cercle Rouge
A Frenchman who was released from prison doesn't want to come back. He was pulled back into the Underworld after a chance encounter with an escaped murderer. A group of people, including a former poli...
The Only Game in Town
Fran went to the piano bar for pizza. She returns home with Joe, the piano player. Joe is going to leave Las Vegas after winning $5,000. Fran is waiting for something else to happen. He and her are mo...
An anachronistic count shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his isolated castle in hopes that they will defend it against the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge.
The Sicilian Clan
Vittorio Manalese is the leader of the Sicilian clan that sprung Roger Santet from prison. The jewels were in an exhibit in Rome. Tony Nicosia, an American friend of the mobster, suggests that a bette...
British and American tourists are in Haiti.
The Thief of Paris
His wealthy uncle stole his inheritance in Paris around 1900. Georges wants to marry his cousin, but his uncle wants her to marry a rich neighbour. As an act of revenge, Georges stole the fiance's fam...
The Night of the Generals
The murder of a prostitute is the focus of a Nazi investigation during World War II. Major Grau believes that the Generals Tanz, Kahlenberg and Seydlitz-Gabler are involved in a plot to kill Hitler.
A wealthy amnesiac begins to suspect that his wife is not really his wife and that he is not the man people keep telling him he is.
In a career-changing performance, Alain Delon plays a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a perfectly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investiga...
A new play is needed. He was able to observe the upper class of 1900 Paris, which included Monsieur Boniface with a domineering wife and Henri with a beautiful but neglected wife. Both of them are ass...
A shop keeper is on his way to an Italian holiday when his car is totaled in a crash. The culprit can only compensate his ruined trip by driving an American friends car from Napels to Bordeaux, but as...
Marie fled the British authorities and found herself in the US, where she met a beautiful woman named Marie, who was also a singer in a traveling circus. After incorporating striptease into their rout...
Circle of Love
A remake of Max Ophul's "La Ronde" has people playing musical beds.
Weekend at Dunkirk
In June 1940, as Allied troops were being evacuated to England, a French sergeant and his men debated whether or not to fight the German troops that were closing in from all directions. From the movie...
A small-time con man on the run from the gangster husband of his girlfriend hides out in a mansion run by two women. He was trapped in deception between the two women. The film was shot in the French ...
The Black Tulip
The village of Roussillon was held in fear by a bandit named "Black Tulip" during the Revolution. The poor people respected him as Robin Hood, even though he claimed to be a revolutioner.
La porteuse de pain
A young woman is the victim of a terrible injustice.
The Day and the Hour
In the spring of 1944, Therese is trying to get back to Paris. She went to the village where the trains don't run to visit her father's grave. The Germans want to know where the pilots are hiding. The...
Magnet of Doom
A young boxer is sacked by his manager after a series of match defeats and is forced to look for a new job. He is engaged as secretary to a millionaire named Ferchaux who is in a hurry to flee the cou...
Sweet and Sour
A young man dreams of becoming an actor. Frédérique is obsessed with cinéma vérité.
A Very Private Affair
When she becomes a movie star, she discovers that her private life is destroyed by fans that won't leave her alone. Her mother's ex-lover tried to protect her.
Sundays and Cybele
A veteran befriends a girl.
Tyvian Jones lives in Venice, Italy and is a best-selling author. Even though he had wedding plans with her, he fell for her. Eva is more interested in money than love. Tyvian wants to destroy his lif...
Jean-Luc Godard made a short segment.
They are looking for a definition of lust. When he was a child, Bernard confused lust with luxury. Jacques Demy made a short for the omnibus feature "The Seven Deadly Sins", based on his memories of g...
The Seven Deadly Sins
The seven deadly sins are dramatized in a short film. Nuclear war is caused by a domestic argument over a fly in the Sunday soup. "Sloth" is a film.
Léon Morin, Priest
Barny saw the Italian soldiers arriving in occupied Saint Bernard while walking to her job. Barny lives with her daughter and works with her boss. When the Germans arrive, Barny sends her half-Jewish ...
The Good Girls
Four attractive young women who work together in an appliance store in Paris spend their free time looking for love and fulfilment with little success. Jane is picked up by a couple of men who are onl...
Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal; but there's more to Tom Ripley than he can guess.
Charles is going to Paris to study law. He shares his cousin's flat with him. Paul is a kind of decadent boy who is always dragging along with other activities, while Charles is a naive and honest man...
WW2 is coming to an end ;on the seaside,resistant fighters are captured and imprisoned in a basement ;within an hour ,all of them will be shot .An hour of fear ,of impossible dreams ,of false hopes .B...
The 400 Blows
DoinAntoineel has a hard life. Antoine is surrounded by inconsiderate adults, including his neglectful parents, and is trying to plan for a better life. Antoine ends up in trouble with the law when on...
À double tour
Henri Marcoux's mistress is murdered and the family accuses the milkman of committing the crime. Marcoux's daughter's fiancée thinks she may have been murdered by someone else.
Witness in the City
Pierre Verdier killed his mistress by throwing her off a train. Ancelin decided to take revenge on the person who killed his wife.
A shallow, provincial wife finds her relationship with her husband strained by romantic notions of love, leading her further towards Paris and the country wilderness.
Le Beau Serge
Franois returned to his village after a long absence. Serge had an alcohol problem after the death of their stillborn child, and he found his friend who had married Yvonne. Serge has become an angry, ...
Elevator to the Gallows
A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.
Bob le Flambeur
Bob Montagne is synonymous with gambling and winning in Paris. He is well-liked by everyone in town, including police inspector Ledru. The most desperate gamble of Bob's life was to rob the Deauville ...
Au coeur de la Casbah
Maria Pilar is the second wife of a gangster of Algiers who has just been arrested. Michel, her husband's son by a first marriage, arrives in Algiers, the town in which he was born but that he left lo...
Les Enfants Terribles
Paul is injured in a snowball fight and is isolated from most of the world. The two conjure up a dream of their own. Their relationship is not quite wholesome. Paul is immediately attracted to the str...
The Silence of the Sea
In a small town in occupied France in 1941, a German officer is living in the house of his uncle and niece. Each evening the officer warms himself by the fire and talks of his country, his music, and ...