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6 January 1919
|Died||28 December 2000
|Occupation||Film director, Journalist|
Jacques Laurent or Jacques Laurent-Cély (6 January 1919, Paris – 28 December 2000) was a French writer and journalist. He was born in Paris, the son of a barrister. During World War II he fought with the Algerian Tirrailleurs.
Laurent was elected to the Académie française in 1986.
Laurent belonged to the literary group of the Hussards, and is known as a prolific historical novelist, essay writer, and screenwriter under the nom de plume of Cecil Saint-Laurent. The 1955 film Lola Montès, directed by Max Ophüls, was based on his historic novel based on the life of Lola Montez. He wrote Jean Aurel's Oscar-nominated 1963 World War I documentary, 14-18. He also directed the film Quarante-huit heures d'amour/48 Hours of Love (1969).
Another noteworthy novel by Saint-Laurent was Caroline Cherie (written in 1947), a powerful book set in the early days of the French Revolution. This also became a film. This was released in France in 1953, directed by Jean-Devaivre and starring Martine Carol in the title role. Saint-Laurent was one of the scriptwriters of the film.
- As Jacques Laurent
- As J.C Laurent
- As Cecil Saint-Laurent
- As Albéric Varenne
- 1948 : Quand la France occupait l'Europe (éditions le Portulan)
- Other pseudonyms
- Laurent Labattut, Gilles Bargy, Dupont de Mena, Luc d’Ébreuil, Roland de Jarnèze, Alain Nazelle, Jean Parquin, Gonzague de Pont-Royal, Marc de Saint-Palais, Alain de Sudy, Edgar Vuymont.
- Quai de Grenelle, directed by Emil-Edwin Reinert (1950, based on the novel La Mort à boire)
- Dear Caroline, directed by Richard Pottier (1951, based on the novel Caroline Chérie)
- Un caprice de Caroline chérie, directed by Jean Devaivre (1953, based on the novel Les Caprices de Caroline)
- La figlia di Mata Hari, directed by Carmine Gallone and Renzo Merusi (1954, based on the novel La Fille de Mata-Hari)
- Caroline and the Rebels, directed by Jean Devaivre (1955, based on the novel Le Fils de Caroline chérie)
- Frou-Frou, directed by Augusto Genina (1955, based on the novel Frou-Frou)
- Sophie et le Crime, directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit (1955, based on the novel Sophie et le crime)
- Bad Liaisons, directed by Alexandre Astruc (1955, based on the novel Une sacrée salade)
- Lola Montès, directed by Max Ophüls (1955, based on the novel La Vie Extraordinaire de Lola Montes)
- Caroline chérie, directed by Denys de La Patellière (1968, based on the novel Caroline Chérie)
- 1953: Lucrèce Borgia, directed by Christian-Jaque
- 1956: Maid in Paris, directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit
- 1959: Le secret du Chevalier d'Éon, directed by Jacqueline Audry
- 1962: Le Masque de fer, directed by Henri Decoin
- 1963: 14-18, directed by Jean Aurel
- 1964: All About Loving, directed by Jean Aurel
- 1967: Sept hommes et une garce, directed by Bernard Borderie
- 1967: Lamiel, directed by Jean Aurel
- 1968: Manon 70, directed by Jean Aurel
- 1969: Quarante-huit heures d'amour, directed by Jacques Laurent
- 1969: Les Femmes, directed by Jean Aurel