Nicknamed the prince of B-movie genre, he is said to be the king of action movies. Donald Siegel directed more than 30 feature-length films, shot and worked with the greatest American studios (Warner, Columbia, RKO, Universal), the greatest actors (Peter Lorre, Ida Lupino, Robert Mitchum, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood). Nonetheless, many of his films remain unknown from the general audience and movie lovers. Overhangs around his filmography like a lack of understanding linked to his image of a mercenary director. Admittedly Siegel never stopped to deal with the uncertainties of small budgets and whims of actors or producers. He sometimes met a producer and had to shot the next day in the set of another film with a crew refusing to work in order to be paid. A taste for danger, challenging audience with original directions and a certain art for cinema (the one who doesn’t take audience for fools), Siegel knew, despite all opposition, to compel his touch, in a remarkable and stunning way. Paris Cinema IFF has chosen to honor this fascinating director by screening of all his feature-length films at Grand Action. Several screenings will be presented by film critics Jean-Baptiste Thoret and Serge Chauvin. 20 years after his death, it is time to rediscover Don Siegel.
• Retrospective: 13 FILMS
• Introduced screenings: Some films will be introduced by Jean-Baptiste Thoret and Serge Chauvin