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Jacques Tati
The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who conducted his business in the fashionable Rue de Castellane and had taken a Dutch-Italian woman...
“ Les Vacances de Monsieur Hullot ” - Angeliki Spatki
Robert Bresson
Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin in 1943. His next film, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne would be the last time he would work with professional actors...
René Clément
Director, Forbidden Games
René Clément was one of the leading French directors of the post-World War II era. He directed what are regarded as some of the greatest films of the time, such as The Battle of the Rails, Forbidden Games and The Day and the Hour. He was later almost forgotten as a director. He was back in public attention briefly when his epic Is Paris Burning? (with an all-star cast of famous actors) was released in 1966...
“ Paris ce brule ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Last year a Marienbad 1961 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Et Dieu créa la femme 1956 ” - Angeliki Spatki
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer, Diabolique
Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear and consolidated that success with Diabolique...
“ La Verité ” - Angeliki Spatki
Jean-Luc Godard
Director, My Life to Live
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of Switzerland and attended school in Nyons (Switzerland)...
“ French Nouvel Vague movement creator - Films: "Au bout de souffle" ('60) - A love story of an American girl in Paris who sells newspapers in Champs Elysees (J. Sieberg) and a "careless" naif thief (J.P. Belmondo), Pierrot le fou, Week-end, "Le Mepris" ('63) - Life behind movies, as an American rich producer (J. Palance), resident of a villa in Capri runs after a married actress (B. Bardot) - (76) FR ” - Angeliki Spatki
François Truffaut
François began to assiduously go to the movies at 7. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who becomes his protector. Bazin helped the delinquent Truffaut and also when he was put in jail because he deserted the army...
“ Jules et Jim 1962, 400 coups, La sirène de Mississipi 1969 FR ” - Angeliki Spatki
Louis Malle
Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris...
“ Le Feu Follet 1963 ” - Angeliki Spatki
Claude Chabrol
Director, La Cérémonie
French film director considered a master in the mystery genre. He is credited with starting the "nouvelle vague" French film movement.
“ Innocents a salles mains 1975, Le beau Serge A film of '50s on devotion, friendship in a poor-living French country-side 1958 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Ensemble c' est tout 2007, Germinal 1993, Manon des Sources 1986, Jean de Florette 1986 ” - Angeliki Spatki
Jacques Rivette
Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began "thanks to Rivette," the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his "Cahiers du Cinéma" colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer...
“ Histoire de Marie et Julien ” - Angeliki Spatki
Éric Rohmer
Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, some have argued convincingly that...
“ Le Genou de Claire ” - Angeliki Spatki
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Jean-Jacques Annaud is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for directing Quest for Fire, The Name of the Rose, The Lover, Seven Years in Tibet and Wolf Totem. Annaud has received numerous awards for his work, including four César Awards, one David di Donatello Award, and one National Academy of Cinema Award...
“ "7 years in Tibet" 1977 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Paris je t'aime ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Les Choses de la Vie ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Les Parapluits de Cherbourg 1964, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort 1967, Lola 1961 (1931 - 1990) ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Dinner de cons 1998 ” - Angeliki Spatki
Bruno Nuytten
Cinematographer, Jean de Florette
Bruno Nuytten is one of the most successful French cinematographers notable for his many collaborations with outstanding filmmakers. He was twice awarded the César for Best Cinematography: Barocco and So Long, Stooge. Later he started to direct and is best known for his masterpiece Camille Claudel starring Isabelle Adjani in one of her most acclaimed performances...
“ "Camille Claudel" ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Un et Une 2015, Un homme et une femme 1966 ” - Angeliki Spatki
Jean-Pierre Melville
Writer, Le Samouraï
The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its Ishmaels and its Claggarts a challenge to the European canon...
“ Le Circle Rouge ” - Angeliki Spatki
Leos Carax
Director, Holy Motors
Leos Carax made several short films and also wrote film criticism, then at the age of 24 years made a very strong first feature Boy Meets Girl. The film played at the 1984 Cannes film festival and was a critical triumph. It paved the way for Carax's second feature Mauvais Sang (Bad Blood). That film was a giant step forward in the same direction that he was going in with his first film...
“ Mauvais Sang 1988 ” - Angeliki Spatki
Luc Besson
Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue and The Fifth Element, as an adolescent bored in school. He...
“ The Lady 2011, Subway ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Colombiana 2008 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Le bruit des glaçons 2010 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Mammuth 2010, Aaltra 2004 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Les Novices 1970, L' Astragale, 1970 ” - Angeliki Spatki
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Director, Amélie
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/drawer Marc Caro with whom he made two short animation movies: L'évasion and Le manège...
“ Longue Dimanche des Fiancailles ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Confidences Intimes ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Belle Maman 1999 ” - Angeliki Spatki
Director, Missing
“ Le Couperet 2004, "Z", "Etat de siège" 1971, "Missing", "Music Box" ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Les Biens-Aimés ” - Angeliki Spatki
Jacques Audiard
Writer, A Prophet
Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard's family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne but didn't finish his degree...
“ Rust and Bone 2012 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Les femmes du 6ème étage 2010 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ L' amour dure trois ans 2011 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Intouchables 2011 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Dans la Maison 2012, "Swimming Pool" 2003", 8 Femmes" 2002 ” - Angeliki Spatki
Bertrand Tavernier
Director, 'Round Midnight
Bertrand Tavernier was a law student that preferred write film criticisms. He also wrote a few books about American movies. Then his first film won a few awards in France and abroad and established his reputation.
“ Quai d'Orsay 2014 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Les neiges du Kilimandjaro 2011 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ La foret de Quinconces ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ La ligne droite ” - Angeliki Spatki
Guillaume Canet
Son of horse breeders, the young man spent his childhood in the countryside near Paris. In his youth, Guillaume wanted to be a horse-rider, and briefly followed a professional career in the sport. A bad fall broke his dreams, but is at the origin of his acting career, and success. After briefly studying acting...
“ Petits mouchours 2014 ” - Angeliki Spatki
“ Homme Blesé 2004 ” - Angeliki Spatki