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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 3 June 1922Vannes, Morbihan, France
Date of Death 1 March 2014Paris, France
Birth NameAlain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais
Nickname The Sphinx
Height 6' 3¼" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Alain Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes, Morbihan, France as Alain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais. He was a director and editor, known for Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961) and Night and Fog (1956). He was married to Sabine Azéma and Florence Malraux. He died on March 1, 2014 in Paris, France.

Spouse (2)

Sabine Azéma (1998 - 1 March 2014) (his death)
Florence Malraux (1969 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (11)

His companion is actress Sabine Azéma.
Ancient student at L'IDHEC (La Femis, at present).
He directed 10 different actors in César-nominated performances: Nicole Garcia , Sabine Azéma (4 times), Pierre Arditi (2 times), André Dussollier (2 times), Micheline Presle, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui, Lambert Wilson, Darry Cowl and Isabelle Nanty. Azéma, Arditi (2 times), Dussollier, Bacri, Jaoui and Cowl won Césars for their performances in one of Resnais movies.
Was married to Florence Malraux, the only daughter of the writer André Malraux.
Friend of director Chris Marker.
He's responsible for launching the film careers of Emmanuelle Riva and Delphine Seyrig, both of which he discovered on the stage.
Recurring motifs in his films are memory and unconventional concepts of time.
Started in his youth making amateur films on 8mm and 16mm.
At 17, he moved to Paris and studied acting, before entering the French military during WWII.
For his 12th birthday, he was given an 8mm camera and began to make home movies, with his friends in starring roles. He thought that his interest in flashbacks, and what he would dub "flashforwards", may have been inspired by his childhood love of Milton Caniff's long-running action cartoon "Terry and the Pirates.".
Initially trained as an editor at L'IDHEC, but left after one year. Worked as a professional editor until the late 1950's, when he made his first 35mm film which launched him as a noted director of documentary shorts.

Personal Quotes (6)

My dream would be to make a movie with Stephen Sondheim. I'm proud that I got him to do the music for 'Stavisky'.
[on film-watching] I turn the lights low and take no calls. I like Bob Hope; I find him mysterious.
I am never driven. Every film I have made has been an assignment.
I never had any special appetite for filmmaking, but you have to make a living and it is miraculous to earn a living working in film.
The present and the past coexist, but the past shouldn't be in flashback.
I make difficult films. But not on purpose.

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