Musso, Jeff


Musso, Jeff
(Joseph César Musso / October 21, 1907, La Ciotat, Bouches-du-Rhône, France - March 13, 2007, Sarcelles, Val d'Oise, France)
   A former concert violonist, he was violin first prize of the Toulon Conservatory and had to abandon his musical career for health reasons. He switched to cinema as a specialist of sound recording and as a composer for several shorts. His first feature fea­ture was an adaptation of Liam O'Flaherty's novel The Puritan. During World War II, he was blacklisted by the Gestapo. He resumed his career in 1944, filming the first movie on the French Resistance (Vive la Liberté!).
 Filmography
1935 ◘ Âme antillaise (documentary; short)
        ◘ La Guitare à Versailles (documentary; short)
        ◘ Le Golf enchanté (documentary; short)
        ◘ Miranda à Paris (documentary; short)
        ◘ Le Puritain / UK and USA: The Puritan (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter, composer)
1939 ◘ Dernière Jeunesse / Ultima giovinezza / USA: Second Childhood (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter, co-dialogist; France / Italy)
1946 ◘ Vive la Liberté! (also adapter, co-dialogist; shot in 1944-1945)
1948 ◘ La Dynastie des N'Guyen (documentary; also screenwriter; unfinished)
1951 ◘ Robinson Crusoë / Il naufrago del Pacifico (also co-screenwriter, co-dialogist; France / Italy)
        ◘ Le Soleil d'Ayucho (documentary; short)
        ◘ Le Pérou (documentary; short)
        ◘ La Science et la santé (documentary; short)
        ◘ Les Incas (documentary; short)
        ◘ Le Musée de l'Or (documentary; short; also screenwriter)
        ◘ El caballo de Paso (documentary; short)
1980 ◘ La Brigade blanche (documentary; also screenwriter, adapter)
1986 ◘ Le Soleil des Morts (documentary; also screenwriter, adapter, producer, composer)

Encyclopedia of French film directors . . 2011.

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