14 November 1933|
|Occupation||Journalist, film critic, television presenter, film director|
|Notable credit(s)||Le Divan|
|Television||France 3 (1987–94)|
Henry Chapier was born in Bucharest, Romania, the son of an international lawyer and an actress of Austrian descent. He was forced to leave Romania in 1948 due to expulsion of French people.
He began in 1958 a career as film critic collaborating with the weekly newspaper Arts with François Truffaut. He later became a stringer at L'Express and obtained the best price of beginner journalist in 1959. He worked the same year with Combat and became editor-in-chief of the Culture pages; he was also the film critic of that newspaper until 1974. His notoriety started in 1968 during the campaign against the dismissal of Henri Langlois from the Cinémathèque Française. He won for his first film Sex Power the Silver Shell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in 1970, in which Fritz Lang was the jury.
In April 1974, Philippe Tesson created Le Quotidien de Paris and Henry Chapier was the editor-in-chief of the Culture pages. Chapier joined FR3 in 1978 as a film and cultural editorialist. In 1981, he is one of the three editors-in-chief of Soir 3. He later created the television program Le Divan which he hosted from 1987 to 1994. He left France 3 that year and became president of the Maison européenne de la photographie in 1996. He was in the same year a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival after being a member of the jury at the Caméra d'Or in 1988.