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Jacques Prévert
Jacques Prévert in 1961
Born (1900-02-04)4 February 1900
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died 11 April 1977(1977-04-11) (aged 77)
Omonville-la-Petite, France
Occupation Poet, screenwriter
Genres Poetry
Literary movement Surrealism, symbolism

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Jacques Prévert was a French poet and screenwriter who was born on February 4, 1900 in Neuilly-sur-Seine and died on April 11, 1977 in Omonville-la-Petite.

His parents were André Prévert and Suzanne Catusse. Jacques Prévert was married to Simone Dienne (1925-1946) then divorced and re-married to Janine Tricotet (1947-1977)

Prévert grew up in Paris. He often went to theater with his father, a drama critic, and acquired a love of reading from his mother. After completing his primary eduacation, he quit school and went to work in Le Bon Marché department store in Paris. Then, he was called up for military service in 1918 and after the war was sent to the Near East.

Prévert participated actively in the surrealist movement, although Prévert was really too much of a free spirit to be a member of any group.

His poems are often about life in Paris and life after the Second World War. They are widely taught in schools in France and frequently appear in French language textbooks throughout the world. Prévert's poems, are translated into many languages worldwide.

Prévert also wrote a number of classic screenplays for the film director Marcel Carné. Les enfants du paradis (The Children of Paradise, 1945), often considered one of the greatest films of all time.

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