Jacques Brunius

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Jacques B. Brunius, French actor, director and writer, was born Jacques Henri Cottance in Paris on September 16, 1906, and died in Exeter, Devon (UK), on April 24, 1967.[1] He was cremated in Sidmouth, with a tribute by Mesens.[citation needed]

Assistant director to Luis Buñuel on L'Âge d'or, he appeared in more than 30 movies, using several alternate names: Jacques Borel, J.B. Brunius, Jacques-Bernard Brunius, Jacques Brunius, Brunius, J.B.Brunius.[2] He acted in many of the early, more political, movies of his friend Jean Renoir. He married French-English actress Cecile Chevreau in 1951.[citation needed] Their son Richard was born in 1956.[citation needed]

Member of the surrealist group in France and then in England, with his friend E.L.T. Mesens, Conroy Maddox, Ithell Colquhoun, Simon Watson Taylor and Roland Penrose.[citation needed] Brunius attacked Toni del Renzio, who was married to Colquhoun and who was attempting to reanimate an inactive English group in 1942–3.[citation needed] Brunius' countersigned the tract Idolatry and Confusion, which condemned and mocked del Renzio unjustifiably. In reality, Mesens feared a takeover of the group leadership by del Renzio.[citation needed]

He never missed an opportunity to defend surrealism, and participated in many a radio show.[citation needed] In 1959, he undertook a vigorous defense of the poetic valor of nursery rhymes.[citation needed]

The text was published by John Lyle in Transforma(c)tion n°7 under the title Language and lore of children.[dead link]



  • 1930: L'Âge d'or (a.k.a. The Golden Age), dir. Luis Buñuel.... Passer-by in the street (uncredited)
  • 1932: L'Affaire est dans le sac (a.k.a. It's in the Bag), dir. Pierre Prévert .... Adrien, le client au béret (as J.B.Brunius)
  • 1934: L'Hôtel du libre échange .... Le monsieur du train
  • 1936: Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (a.k.a. The Crime of Monsieur Lange), dir. Jean Renoir (as J.B. Brunius) .... Mr. Baigneur
  • 1936: Moutonnet
  • 1936: Partie de campagne (a.k.a. A Day in the Country), dir. Jean Renoir (as Jacques Borel) .... Rodolphe
  • 1936: La Vie est à nous (a.k.a. Life Belongs to Us) .... Le président du conseil d'administration
  • 1937: Le Temps des cerises (a.k.a. The Time of the Cherries) (as Jacques-Bernard Brunius) .... Le petit-fils du directeur
  • 1938: Le Schpountz (a.k.a. Heartbeat), dir. Marcel Pagnol .... L'Accessoiriste
  • 1938: La Bête humaine (a.k.a. Judas Was a Woman, The Human Beast), dir. Jean Renoir (uncredited) .... Un garçon de ferme
  • 1940: The Mondesir Heir .... Le médecin
  • 1950: The Wooden Horse .... André (as Jacques Brunius)
  • 1951: The Dream of Andalusia (uncredited)
  • 1951: Andalousie(uncredited)
  • 1951: The Changing face of Europe .... Narrator, as himself
  • 1951: Une fille à croquer (a.k.a. Good Enough to Eat, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge) (as Jacques Borel)
  • 1951: The Lavender Hill Mob, dir Charles Crichton (as Jacques Brunius) .... Customs Official
  • 1952: 24 Hours of a Woman's Life (a.k.a. Affair in Monte Carlo).... Concierge, Pension Lisa (as Jacques Brunius)
  • 1953: South of Algiers (a.k.a. The Golden Mask) .... Kress (as Jacques Brunius)
  • 1953: Sea Devils .... Fouche
  • 1953: Always a Bride .... Inspector (as Jacques Brunius)
  • 1953: Laughing Anne (a.k.a. Between the Tides) .... Frenchie
  • 1954: Forbidden Cargo .... Det. Pierre Valance - French police
  • 1955: To Paris with Love .... Monsieur Marconne
  • 1955: Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion (a.k.a. Foreign Legionnaire) (TV, 1 episode) .... Pakka
  • 1955: The Cockleshell Heroes .... French Fisherman (as Jacques Brunius)
  • 1955: Barbie (TV, 1 episode) .... Mr. Morrisot
  • 1956: Wicked as They Come (a.k.a. Portrait in Smoke) .... Inspector Caron
  • 1956: House of Secrets (a.k.a. Triple Deception) .... Lessage
  • 1957: True as a Turtle (a.k.a. Plain Sailing) .... Monsieur Charbonnier
  • 1957: Dangerous Exile .... De Chassagne (uncredited)
  • 1958: Orders to Kill .... Cmndt. Morand
  • 1960: The Miracle of St. Phillipe (TV episode) .... The Mayor
  • 1960: The Four Just Men (TV, 1 episode) .... The Mayor
  • 1961: Mon frère Jacques (TV), dir. Pierre Prévert .... himself
  • 1961: The Greengage Summer (a.k.a. Loss of Innocence) .... M. Joubert
  • 1964: The Yellow Rolls-Royce .... Duc d'Angoulême (England) (uncredited)
  • 1965: Le Chant du monde (a.k.a. Song of the World) (as Jacques Borel)
  • 1965: Return from the Ashes .... 1st Detective (uncredited)


  • 1953: The Blakes Slept Here
  • 1952: Brief City
  • 1952: To The Rescue
  • 1951: The Changing Face of Europe (3rd segment: "Somewhere to Live")
  • 1939: Violons d'Ingres (also as writer and editor)
  • 1936: La Vie est à nous (a.k.a. The People of France) (also as writer and editor)

Assistant director[edit]

  • 1930: L'Âge d'or (a.k.a. The Golden Age), dir. Luis Buñuel.
  • 1929: Le Requin

Radio Producer[edit]

  • 1966 Christmas Day : Special Day on Lewis Carroll, France Culture


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