Marcel Carné (1906 - 1996) was a French film director.
Carné criticizes French directors for dealing with the sordid aspects of everyday life: "I think French directors ought to be more ambitious in their choice of subject. They should treat more elevated, general subjects, instead or resorting to the usual themes of adultery, human relationships, the trials of everyday life."
Carné's absolute distinction between good and evil,his rejection of any form of compromise, and his escape into fantasy give [La Merveilleuse Visite] a naive, almost adolescent quality. His absolute uncompromising attitudes pervade his behavior. He seems to evoke similar attitudes on others: "People either love or hate my films; there seems to be no middle reaction. The Parisian critics dislike whatever I do."
Excerpt from Through Parisian Eyes [PDF]