Balzac (film)

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Director Jean Vidal
Producer Roger Leenhardt
Screenwriter Jean Vidal
Sherry Mangan
Narrator Sherry Mangan
Music Guy Bernard
Cinematographer Maurice Barry
Editor Daniel Sarrade
Henri Sarrade
Studio Les Films du Compass
Distributor A. F. Films
Released 1951
Filmed 1950
Length 24 minutes
Origin France
Language French

Balzac is a 1951 short documentary film by French director Jean Vidal. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1952, for Best Short Subject, Two-reel, and won first prize for best director at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival the same year.


Biopic on the work, life and loves of the French playwright and novelist Honoré de Balzac, his evolution as a writer and how his individual works fit into the design of La comedie humaine. A documentary which uses contemporary sketches, paintings and photographs, to illustrate his achievements, alongside excerpts from his body of writings.