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.