Jacques Doniol-Valcroze was a founder of the prestigious French film journal Cahiers du Cinema, one of the most important film journals in the world, that, from its inception in 1951, became the primary sounding board for numerous auteurs and early proponents of the French New Wave. Among the journal's most distinguished contributors are Godard, Chabrol, and Truffaut. Doniol-Valcroze made his own directorial debut in 1955 with short films and directed his first feature film four years later. Though his films were known for being intellectual, they never garnered much acclaim and have generally remained undistinguished. The prominent journalist has written and co-written several screenplays and has also acted in a few films in addition to penning one novel, Les Portes du Baptistere.