Mercanton, Louis

Mercanton, Louis
(1879, Switzerland-April 29, 1932, Paris, France)
   After being an actor in South Africa in 1904 and then a theater administrator in London, he was artistic director of the French-British production company Eclipse. The first movie he directed was also the first of Sarah Bernhardt's film appearances. He soon became the favorite director of the great tragedi­enne. He often worked with foreign film stars like Ivor Novello (1920 L'Appel du Sang; Miarka, la Fille à l'Ourse). Other credit (as screenwriter): 1920 Gosse de Riche (Charles Burguet).
 Filmography
        ◘ L'Assassinat d'Henri III (short; co-director with Henri Desfontaines)
        ◘ Adrienne Lecouvreur / USA: An Actress's Ro­mance (short; co-director with Henri Desfon­taines; also screenwriter, adapter)
        ◘ La Reine Elisabeth / USA: Queen Elizabeth (short; co-director with Henri Desfontaines, Gaston Roudès)
1913 ◘ Anne de Boleyn / USA: Anne Boleyn (short; co-director with Henri Desfontaines)
        ◘ Shylock, le Marchand de Venise (short; co-director with Henri Desfontaines; also screenwriter, adapter)
        ◘ Le Spectre du Passé (short; co-director with René Hervil)
1914 ◘ La Remplaçante (co-director with René Hervil)
        ◘ Vendetta (co-director with René Hervil; also screenwriter, adapter)
        ◘ Sadounah
        ◘ Jeanne Doré (co-director with René Hervil)
        ◘ Le Lotus d'Or
        ◘ Suzanne (co-director with René Hervil; also screenwriter)
        ◘ Suzanne, Professeur de Flirt (co-director with René Hervil)
1917 ◘ Le Tournant (co-director with René Hervil)
        ◘ Mères françaises (co-director with René Hervil)
        ◘ Manuella (co-director with René Hervil; also co-screenwriter)
        ◘ Oh! Ce Baiser / USA: Oh, That Kiss! (co-director with René Hervil)
        ◘ Midinettes (co-director with René Hervil)
        ◘ La P'tite du Sixième (co-director with René Hervil)
        ◘ Le Tablier blanc (co-director with René Hervil; also co-screenwriter)
        ◘ Le Torrent (co-director with René Hervil)
1918 ◘ Bouclette / L'Ange de Minuit (co-director with René Hervil)
        ◘ Un Roman d'Amour et d'Aventures (co-director with René Hervil)
1920 ◘ L'Appel du Sang / USA: The Call of the Blood (also screenwriter, adapter, producer)
        ◘ Miarka, la Fille à l'Ourse / USA: Gypsy Passion / Miarka, the Girl with the She-Bear (also producer)
        ◘ Phroso / UK: Possession (also producer)
        ◘ Sarati le Terrible
        ◘ Aux Jardins de Murcie (co-director with René Hervil; also producer)
1924 ◘ La Voyante
        ◘ Les Deux Gosses (eight episodes: "Premier Mensonge", "Zéphyrine, la Limace et Cie", "Infernale Vengeance", "Fanfan et Claudinet", "Le Retour de Kerlor", "La Fuite de Fanfan", "Maman chérie", "La Mort d'un Gosse"; also screenwriter, adapter)
        ◘ Monte-Carlo / USA: Prodigals of Monte Carlo
        ◘ La Petite Bonne du Palace / Cinders (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter, producer)
        ◘ Croquette ou Une Histoire de Cirque / La Môme du Cirque / UK: Monkeynuts (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter, producer)
        ◘ Vénus (also producer)
        ◘ Le Mystère de la Villa Rose (French version of Leslie Hiscott's At the Villa Rose / USA: Mystery at the Villa Rose; co-director with René Hervil)
        ◘ La Lettre Chérie
        ◘ Bon Appétit, Messieurs (short)
        ◘ Quelques Chansons (short)
        ◘ The Nipper / USA: The Brat (UK)
1931 ◘ Marions-nous (French version of Frank Tuttle's Wedding Night; also Spanish version: Su noche de bodas; USA)
        ◘ A Man of Mayfair (UK)
        ◘ These Charming People (UK)
        ◘ Le Bouif au Salon (short)
        ◘ La Brigade du Bruit (short)
        ◘ Le Collier de Perles (short)
        ◘ Conférence sur la beauté (short)
        ◘ La Danse nouvelle (short)
        ◘ La Disparue (short)
        ◘ En Zinc sec (short)
        ◘ Le Garçon de Café (short)
        ◘ La Girouette sur le Toit (short)
        ◘ La Malle (short)
        ◘ Le Meeting (short)
        ◘ Octave (short)
        ◘ Ohé! Ohé! (short)
        ◘ Lar T.S.F. / T.S.F. (short)
        ◘ Las d'Histoires (short)
        ◘ Lopaul veut dormir (short)
        ◘ Les Rois Mages (short)
        ◘ Sa Nuit de Noces (short)
        ◘ Sur le Tas de Sable (short)
        ◘ Une Idée de Génie (short)
        ◘ Un Joli Succès (short)
        ◘ Voici le Printemps (short)
1932 ◘ Il est charmant / USA: He Is Charming (also Swedish version: Stutender i Paris; France / Sweden)
        ◘ Cognasse (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter)
        ◘ La Femme Poisson (short)
        ◘ Passionnément (René Guissart completed the film after Louis Mercanton's death)

Encyclopedia of French film directors . . 2011.


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