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film producer , educator

Jean Benoit-Levy, French film producer, educator. Decorated Chevalier de la Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’Honneur, Croix de Guerre, Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Sante Publique (France), Chevalier de l’Ordre de Leopold (Belgium). Member executive council Film; member Society Dramatic Writers and Composers.


Benoit-Levy, Jean was born on April 25, 1888 in Paris. France. Son of Fernand and Emelie (Weill) B.-L.


Educated U. Paris.


Motion picture producer. Best known films: La Maternelle, La Mort du Cygne, (Ballerina), (awarded Grand Prix du Cinema at Paris International Exposition, 1937). Toured as lecturer in Europe before arriving in the United States, 1941.

Engaged in educational work as professor Ecole Libre des Hautes Etudes, and New School for Social Research (both New York City). Visiting professor Teachers College, Columbia University. Director French-American bureau of Ednl.

Research; lecturer throughout United States. Now director Films and Visual Information Division, United Nations At League of Nations (prior to 1940) served as delegate from Committee of International Institute of Ednl. Cinema and as secretary general of French Committee of that institute.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Visual Instruction in the United States (Paris), 1936. Les Grandes Missions du Cinema (Montreal), 1945, (published in the United States under title) The Art of the Motion Picture, 1946. Contributor to educational mags. and to science and professional publications in the United States and Europe.


Member executive council Film. Member Society Dramatic Writers and Composers.


Married Lucy Bloc, April. Children: Ginette, Francoise Dargols.

Fernand B.-L.

Emelie (Weill) B.-L.

Lucy Bloc

Ginette Benoit-Levy

Francoise Dargols Benoit-Levy