French filmmaker Edmond Gréville’s work isimaginative, filled with jaw-dropping camera work, energetic editing, and a cinephile’s love of moviemaking, with a style that echoes the visual-centric work similar auteur maudits like Edgar G. Ulmer Ulmer or Joseph H. Lewis.
Gréville made over 35+ features from 1931 to 1965 in French and English, but today, he has mostly been forgotten. By the time he passed away in 1966, he was so poor, that a bunch of his young filmmaker friends had to raise money to keep him from being buried in a pauper’s grave.
In an attempt to help out the interested parties who want to explore Greville’s filmography I’ve made a list of the current availability of all of his films. When possible, I’ve linked to a site that sells/or sold a DVD copy. This list may be incomplete, so feel free to let me know if I missed something in the comment section below.
For the best rundown of Edmond Gréville’s work, I highly recommend reading the essay written by Bertrand Tavernier which you can read here.
WARNING: Some of the DVDs I mention do not include English subtitles, but fan subtitles have been created by a number of different online film groups, which I have listed if possible. I’ve come across some of his Gréville’s films on Youtube or sites like Dailymotion that been subsequently taken down, so if I know a copy of one of his films exists out there, I’ve marked it down as ‘Floating Around on The Internet’, as frustrating as that may be.
Remous (Whirlpool) (1935): Available on DVD in France (With English Subs)
Brief Ecstasy (1937): Available on DVD on the Ealing Studios Vol. 2 Boxset in the UK
Menace (Threats) (1940): Available on DVD in France (No English Subtitles)
The Accident (1963): Floating around on the internet with English Fan Subs.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILMS:
Secret Lives (1937): Floating around on the internet
Under Secret Orders (1937): Floating around on the internet
FRENCH LANGUAGE FILMS (AVAILABLE IN THE
WORLD WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES):
The Accident (L’accident) (1963): Floating around on the internet with English Subs.
INTERNATIONAL FILMS (NO ENGLISH SUBS
The Triangle of Fire (Le triangle de feu(1932)
For One Night of Love (Pour une nuit d’amour) (1945)
Woman of Evil (Le diable souffle) (1947) – French
But Not in Vain (Niet tevergeefs) (1948) – Available, but only in Dutch.
The Other Side of Paradise (L’Envers du Paradis) (1953)
As Long As There are Women (Tant qu’il y aura des femmes) (1955)
Temptation (L’île du bout du monde) (1960)
The Liars (Les menteurs) (1961)
The Train of Suicides (The Train of Suicides) (1931)
Pleasures of Paris (1934)
The Love Merchant (Marchand d’amour) (1935)
Gypsy Melody (Capitaine tzigane) (1936)
Forty Years (Veertig jaren) (1938) – Dutch
What a Man (1938) – English
A Woman in the Night (Une Femme Dans La Nuit) (1943)
Dorothy Looks for Love (Dorothée cherche l’amour) (1945)
Im Banne der Madonna (1951) – German
When Will Noon Ring (1958) Quand Sonera Midi (1958)