Henri Chomette

Henri CHOMETTE (1896-1941, France) is a French director and pioneer of film theory. The older brother of René Clair started out as an extra and assistant director before becoming a filmmaker in his own right. He coined the term 'Cinéma Pur' and explored this concept in his early experimental shorts, such as Jeux des reflets et de la vitesse (1925) and Cinq minutes de cinéma pur (1926). In the later stages of his career, he turned to a more accessible mode of filmmaking, working between Germany and France. In 1941, he contracted polio in Morocco and passed away.


(selection) À quoi rêvent les jeunes films/What Do Young Films Dream About? (1924, co-dir), Jeux des reflets et de la vitesse (1925, short), Cinq minutes de cinéma pur (1926, short), Le Chauffeur de Mademoiselle (1928), Le requin/The Shark (1930), Nuit de Mai/Night in May (1934, co-dir), Êtes-vous jalouse? (1938)