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Former assistant to Max Ophuls and Marcel Carne who showed considerable directorial promise with his first two features. "Life Upside Down" (1964) was a wryly observed account of a man's withdrawal from reality into fantasy and "Comic Strip Hero" (1967) used trick photography to blend the real world with that of a strip cartoon; both were distinctive and imaginative films that presaged a bright career. In the following decades, however, Jessua's output has been minimal. His later works, like "En Toute innocence" (1988), are accomplished, if unexceptional, entertainments.
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Feature debut as assistant director for Jacques Becker, "Casque d'or"
Wrote and directed first short film, "Leon la lune"
First worked in TV as an assistant on US productions shot in France and North Africa, including the series, "Flash Gordon"
Feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "Life Upside Down/La Vie a l'Envers"; film starred Jessua's wife Anna Gaylor
Appeared in a small role as a Vampire, also wrote and directed, "The Killing Game/Jeu de massacre"
First credited for music, screenplay, adaptation, and direction, "Shock Treatment/Traitement de choc"
Debut as producer (also director and screenwriter), "Paradise for All/Paradis pour tous"