Léonce Joseph Perret (14 March 1880 – 12 August 1935) was a prolific and innovative French film actor, director and producer.
He also worked as a stage actor and director.
Often described as avant-garde for his unorthodox directing methods, Léonce Perret introduced innovative camera, lighting and film scoring techniques to French cinema.
Léonce Perret began his career as a relatively undistinguished stage actor.
He was recruited to the film industry by the Gaumont Film Company.
His numerous short films gained significant accolade in French cinematography.
Until his emigration to the United States in 1917, he was a fixture of the Gaumont Film Company.
On American soil, he produced several popular films, the most notable being Lest We Forget (N'oublions jamais) in 1918.
After returning to France, he directed the successful Koenigsmark in 1923.
His film Madame Sans-Gêne (1925), starring Gloria Swanson, was the first joint Franco-American film production.
In addition, Léonce Perret collaborated with many of the French and American idols of his generation such as Abel Gance, Gloria Swanson, Gaby Morlay, René Cresté, Arletty, Suzanne Grandais, Mae Murray, and Huguette Duflos.