Philippe Durant

Le fantôme du cinéma français

Glory and fall of Bernard Natan

The Phantom of French Cinema

Glory and fall of Bernard Natan
January 7, 2021
Documentary
192 pages
140 × 200 mm
16,90 €
9782358877145
978-2-3588-7714-5
Philippe Durant, Le fantôme du cinéma français
Philippe Durant, Le fantôme du cinéma français

The first biography of Bernard Natan, incredibly forgotten in the history of French cinema.

Bernard Natan, an emigrant of Romanian origin, was 34 years old when he founded his first film production company. A visionary entrepreneur, passionate about the 7th art and certain of its development despite the economic and political crises of the interwar period, he invests relentlessly, modernizes, transforms into a precursor.
Production, broadcasting, first talking films, importing Walt Disney’s cartoons to France, he is one of all the modern advances of the big and small screens, following the example of the American Goldwyn, Mayer and Warner. In 1929, he acquired the Pathé group, which he tried to get out of bankruptcy.
His economic difficulties, constant attacks by the media and a public cabal of anti-Semitism led to his imprisonment in 1939 and deportation in 1942, until his death in the Auschwitz camp.

Fascinating character and French pillar of the cinema of the 1920s and 1930s, Bernard Natan became the forgotten sacred monster of cinema, the brilliant investor whose memory was sacrificed in the dark hours of history.

The author

Philippe Durant is a film critic. Biography of Jean-Paul Belmondo, Simone Signoret, specialist of Michel Audiard, Lino Ventura, Alain Delon, he is one of the best French connoisseurs of the history of popular cinema.

Strong points

The journey of the most American of French producers, the visionary genius who headed the Pathé Group.

A wonderful document on the evolution of cinema between the two world wars.

Press

“Dragged through the mud for more than 50 years by the history of cinema, the man who took over Pathé after World War I, because Charles Pathé didn’t believe in talking, was instead one of its good geniuses.”

Les échos.

“Bernard Natan was the most hated Jew in France.”

Serge Klarsfeld.
The edition

Photo notebook 4 color pages.

January 7, 2021
Documentary
192 pages
140 × 200 mm
16,90 €
9782358877145
978-2-3588-7714-5