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Date of Birth 5 August 1901Luzarches, Val-d'Oise, France
Date of Death 5 February 2000Antibes, Alpes-Maritimes, France  (after a long illness)
Birth NameClaude Autant

Mini Bio (1)

Claude Autant-Lara was born on August 5, 1901 in Luzarches, Val-d'Oise, France as Claude Autant. He was a director and writer, known for Four Bags Full (1956), Rouge et noir (1954) and The Red Inn (1951). He was married to Ghislaine Auboin. He died on February 5, 2000 in Antibes, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

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Ghislaine Auboin (? - ?) (her death)

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Was forced to stand down as representative of France's far-right National Front in the European Parliament after describing the Nazi gas chambers as a "string of lies".
Mother Louise Lara played leading róles at the Comédie- Française. When the First World War broke out, she declared herself a pacifist and refused to entertain the troops. She sought exile in Britain. Son Claude consequently completed secondary education at Mill Hill School in London.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 12-15. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
17th November, 1981: Freddy Buache was donated his film library, objects and papers' from his movies. The costumes and photographs etc were placed in Freddy Buache Swiss Cinémathèque.
Prolific French director, son of an architect and an actress, who began as art director and production designer for the stage. From 1919, worked as assistant to Marcel L'Herbier and directed his first film, the avant garde 'Faits Divers', four years later. Came to Hollywood in 1930 to make French versions of Buster Keaton films, but returned to France in 1932. Was very prominent as a filmmaker during the 1940's and 50's, but his popularity waned with the beginning of the Nouvelle Vague.
His ideological viewpoints underwent a somewhat dramatic turnaround: from strident socialist and atheist in his youth, to becoming an outspoken member of France's far-right National Front Party in his later years.

Personal Quotes (1)

The director must consider himself surrounded by enemies; what I mean is that, in a business where the taste of one man must prevail, he is surrounded by people who want to do nothing but improve their own tastes.

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