Crossing Borders

Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 48
Film Director
The box office success of his Alien IV: Resurrection proved French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet could prevail in Hollywood on the American film industry's own bottom-line terms. But last year Jeunet worked far greater magic — and, some say, a small cinematic miracle — by putting moviemaking pleasure before business, and enchanting audiences with his Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain.

Set in Jeunet's Montmartre neighborhood and shot to provide an idealized Parisian backdrop, the fable of Amélie's...

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