Co-Founder of Cinematheque Francaise Dies
PARIS (AP) _ Georges Franju, director of French fantasy films and co-founder of the Cinematheque Francaise, died Thursday at the age of 75, the cinematheque announced.
Born April 12, 1912, in the village of Fougeres, Franju directed such films as ″Fantomas″ and ″Judex,″ which were both named after movie characters, and ″Nuits Rouges″ (Red Nights). The immensely popular films used a straightforward style to tell the story of fantasy characters.
In 1936, with director Henri Langlois, Franju founded the Cinematheque Francaise, the national film archives.
Before turning his talents to film, Franju worked as a set designer in theaters and music halls.