Pierre Chenal

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Pierre Chenal
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Born Pierre Cohen
December 5, 1904
Brussels, Belgium
Died December 23, 1990(1990-12-23) (aged 86)
Paris, France
Other names Dave Young
Occupation Director, screenwriter
Years active 1929–1985
Spouse(s) Florence Marly (1937–1955)

Pierre Chenal (French: [ʃənal]; December 5, 1904 – December 23, 1990) was a French director and screenwriter who flourished in the 1930s.


Chenal was best known for film noir thrillers such as the 1937 film L'Alibi, where he worked with Erich von Stroheim and Louis Jouvet.[1] In 1939 he made Le Dernier Tournant, the first of many film treatments of James M. Cain's celebrated novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Chenal was Jewish and was forced to flee occupied France for South America in 1942.[2] He made a number of films while living in Argentina and more in France after the war; but his post-war work never achieved the success and popularity of his pre-war efforts.[3]




  1. ^ L’Alibi at Films de France
  2. ^ Sadoul, Georges (1972), Dictionary of Film Makers, Translated, edited, and updated by Peter Morris, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, ISBN 0-520-02151-7
  3. ^ Pierre Chenal at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Pierre Chenal Filmography at Fandango

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