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Marco de Gastyne

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Name  Marco Gastyne
Role  Film director

Parents  Jules de Gastyn
Siblings  Guy de Gastyne
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Died  November 8, 1982, Paris, France
Movies  Le masque de Toutankhamon, Madonna of the Sleeping Cars
Similar People  Maurice Gleize, Maurice Dekobra, Dalida, Samia Gamal, Annette Benson

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Marc Henri Benoist better known as Marco de Gastyne (born in Paris, France, on 15 July 1889; died in Paris on 8 November 1982) was a French painter, illustrator and later film director of more than fifteen films.


After studying painting, he worked at la Villa Médicis from 1911 to 1913. He also became an illustrator for the French journal La Baïonnette. Then he turned to cinema directing more than a dozen films between 1922 and 1962. His debut film co-directed with Franz Toussaint was Inch'Allah in 1922. His most known film is La Merveilleuse Vie de Jeanne d'Arc which he directed in 1929.

He discovered Dalida and promoted her in his film Le Masque de Toutankhamon in 1954.

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Personal life

He was the son of French writer Jules Benoist, better known by his literary name Jules de Gastyne and his brother was the chief designer Guy de Gastyne. In 1914, he married Mary Christian, a lyrical singer, and they had a daughter before divorcing after ten years of marriage. Soon after, he remarried in 1924 with Choura Miléna, an actress in his films.


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