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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 November 1960Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Birth NameAlexandre Oscar Dupont
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 (1984). 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 (1986) (Bad Blood). That film was a giant step forward in the same direction that he was going in with his first film. Both films were visually stunning and focused on young love and also alienation. With his reputation and talent at its peak, he set out to make what seemed it seemed like would be another triumph. The Lovers on the Bridge (1991) (The Lovers on the Bridge) was the result of three long years of very difficult production; Carax spent a fortune building some of the sets and filming some mind-blowing sequences. Unfortunately, neither critics nor audiences favored what was a truly grand vision of the themes he dealt with in his first two films. Carax went into an a 8 year long exile, but finally returned with Pola X (1999). It was a departure from his other films and another critical flop.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: che elias

Trade Mark (7)

Frequently casts Denis Lavant.
Long run/walk side shots.
His films usually focus on theme of love between a man and a woman.
The main characters are his alter-egos (except for Pierre in Pola X (1999), which is also Carax' only direct literary adaptation).
Uses brief bits of stock footage (for example swans during main titles of Mauvais Sang (1986), air strike in Pola X (1999) or shots of human movements in Holy Motors (2012)).
Often makes refferences to Louis-Ferdinand Céline, e.g. quotation from Death on Credit at the beginning of Boy Meets Girl (1984), Doctor Destouches in Mauvais Sang (1986), driver Céline in Holy Motors (2012).
Usually casts his partners as main female characters: Mireille Perrier in Boy Meets Girl (1984), Yekaterina Golubeva in Pola X (1999) and Juliette Binoche in Mauvais Sang (1986) and The Lovers on the Bridge (1991).

Trivia (5)

His professional name, Leos Carax, is an anagram of his first and middle names, "Alex Oscar."
His nom de plume, Leos Carax, can be read Le oscar a X (L'oscar à X), which means The oscar goes to X, a funny way to pretend to get the statue.
The retrospective viewing of Leos Carax 's movies was organized as part of the official program during 2007 Golden Apricot International Film Festival held in Yerevan, Armenia.
Cousin is actor Jon Alex.
Juliette Binoche was his companion between 1986 and 1991.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Denis Lavant playing Alex in Holy Motors] If Denis had said no, I would have offered the part to Lon Chaney or to Chaplin. Or to Peter Lorre or Michel Simon, all of whom are dead.

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