Serge de Poligny

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Serge de Poligny
René Serge Quirot de Poligny

(1903-04-14)14 April 1903
Paris, France
Died23 March 1983(1983-03-23) (aged 79)
Saint-Cloud, Paris, France
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1931–1955

Serge de Poligny (1903–1983) was a French screenwriter and film director.



Serge de Poligny was born in Paris in 1903. He studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts in the class of the painter Maurice Denis. In 1925 he joined the French subsidiary of the Paramount film company as a set-designer and painter, and soon took on the role of an assistant director. With the arrival of sound films, he took a job with UFA studios in Germany, supervising the French-language versions of films which were made in parallel with their German originals. [1]

Serge de Poligny's first significant film as a director in France was an adaptation of Colette's novel Claudine à l'école in 1937. During the German Occupation in the 1940s, he made two films which have been seen as significant contributions to the genre of fantastique in the cinema. For Le Baron fantôme (1943) he worked with Jean Cocteau on the film's dialogue (Cocteau also acted in the title role), and Christian Dior designed the costumes. De Poligny said that he got the idea for it in an old magic book. [2] His next film, La Fiancée des ténèbres (1945), was based on an old Cathar legend. [3] His film career concluded in the mid-1950s, and he then devoted himself to the production of large-scale live shows, such as the commemorations of the Liberation of Paris (1964 & 1965); the Nuits de l'armée, and horse-riding shows like the Fêtes mondiales du cheval. [1]

Personal life

In 1932 de Poligny married Irène Sachse [4] and they were divorced in 1946. In 1949 he married Yolande Mazuc. Serge de Poligny died at Saint-Cloud on 23 March 1983. [5]

Selected filmography


YearTitleEnglish titleNotes
1932 Les As du turf Aces of the Turf
1932 Vous serez ma femme You Will Be My WifeFrench language version of Der Frechdachs , made in Germany.
1932Coup de feu à l'aubeFrench language version of Schuß im Morgengrauen , made in Germany
1933Rivaux de la pisteFrench language version of Strich durch die Rechnung , made in Germany
1933 L'Étoile de Valencia The Star of ValenciaFrench language version of Der Stern von Valencia , made in Germany
1934 L'or GoldFrench language version of Gold , co-directed with Karl Hartl in Germany
1934Un de la montagneFrench language version of Swiss-German film Die weiße Majestät, filmed in Switzerland
1935 Retour au paradis Return to Paradise
1935Jonny, haute-couture
1936 La Chanson du souvenir
1937 Claudine à l'école Claudine at SchoolAdapted from the novel by Colette
1939 Le Veau gras The Fatted Calf
1943 Le Baron fantôme The Phantom BaronDialogue by Jean Cocteau
1945 La Fiancée des ténèbres
1950 La Soif des hommes Thirst of Men
1952Alger - Le CapDocumentary
1952Cent ans de gloireShort
1955Les Armes de la paixDocumentary short

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  1. 1 2 Serge de Poligny at Ciné-Ressources. Retrieved 29 August 2022. Archived at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Le Monde, 23 juillet 1989. Un film romantique sous l'Occupation: "à partir d'une histoire trouvée dans un vieux grimoire (une jeune fille, le jour de ses fiançailles, tombe dans une oubliette où elle découvre un trésor)". Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  3. Serge de Poligny in Encyclopédie Universalis. Retrieved 29 August 2022. Archived at the Wayback Machine.
  4. In a contemporary magazine report, he is described as Comte Serge de Poligny and the marriage as a "Russian wedding". Les Modes: revue mensuelle illustrée des Arts décoratifs appliqués à la femme. 1 Dec. 1932, p. 3: "Mariage russe ... du Comte Serge de Poligny avec Mlle Ira Sachsé".
  5. Archives de Paris (online), 1903, Naissances:: 16 Acte de naissance no. 159 (vue 26.31). Archives en ligne de la Ville de Paris, état-civil du 16ème arrondissement, registre des naissances de 1903 (includes notes of marriages and death).