Léon la lune

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Léon la lune
Directed by Alain Jessua
Produced by A.J. Films
Written by Robert Giraud and Alain Jessua
Starring Léon la Lune
Music by Henri Crolla and André Hodeir
Cinematography Wladimir Ivanov
Release dates
  • 1956 (1956)
Running time 16 minutes
Country France
Language French

Léon la lune (English: Leon the Moon) is a 1956 French short documentary film directed by Alain Jessua. The film won the Prix Jean Vigo in 1957. The film documents an old drifter in Paris in the poetic realist style.[1]

Jessua was inspired by Jean-Paul Clébert's book "Paris Insolite"[2] (1952) and decided to make a film about a clochard[3] or tramp. The poet and novelist Robert Giraud, an expert on the Parisian underworld, introduced Jessua to Léon la Lune, a vagrant whose real name was Leon Boudeville and suggested they follow him from day to night. After completing the film Giraud showed it to the poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert who wrote an introduction and asked Henri Crolla to contribute some music to the film.

Léon la lune also appeared in the series Clochards by Robert Doisneau, the pioneer of humanist photojournalism.[4]


  • Léon la Lune aka Leon Boudeville


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Poetic realism