A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, director Léonide Moguy got his start in cinema in 1918 working as a technician. In 1923, he began running the newsreel department at a Kiev studio and five years later headed a laboratory in Moscow. Moguy moved to France in 1929 and began making his first films a few years later. He spent the war years in Hollywood where Moguy made several films. Afterwards, he returned home to make distinguished films in both Italy and France. Mogoy ran the film department for the International Red Cross during the '60s and '70s.