Henri Colpi

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Henri Colpi
Born (1921-07-15)15 July 1921
Brigue, Switzerland
Died 14 January 2006(2006-01-14) (aged 84)
Menton, France
Nationality French
Occupation Film director, film editor
Known for The Long Absence

Henri Colpi (15 July 1921 – 14 January 2006) was a French film editor and film director.

Early life[edit]

Colpi graduated from the IDHEC in 1947. During 1950 to 1960, he edited films for such notable French New Wave directors as Agnes Varda and Georges Franju.[1]


Colpi directed the 1961 film Une aussi longue absence, which is well known for sharing the Palme d'Or at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival with Viridiana, directed by Luis Buñuel.[2] Une aussi longue absence was written by Marguerite Duras, featured Alida Valli in a major role, and included music by Georges Delerue. It also won the Louis Delluc Prize in 1960. His second feature Codine was also screening in competition at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, where Colpi won the prize for Best Screenplay.

Colpi is also noted as a film editor with about 20 credits, including Alain Resnais' films Hiroshima mon amour (1961) and L'Année dernière à Marienbad (1963). He edited André Antoine's forgotten film L'Hirondelle et la mésange (The Swallow And the Titmouse) to a 79 minute feature that premiered in 1982. Antoine initially shot six hours of footage.[1]

In addition to directing, editing, acting, sound recording, and a variety of functions in the post-War years, he was featured in a French television series, Histoire du cinéma français par ceux qui l'ont fait (The History of French Cinema By Those Who Made It) in 1974, and he continued to work into the 1990s.[3]


(as director)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bergan, Ronald. "Henri Colpi". The Gaurdian. Guardian News. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Long Absence". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  3. ^ Henri Colpi at the Internet Movie Database