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Overview (2)

Born in Paris, France
Nickname Coco

Mini Bio (1)

He started off by making short films for television on which he was producer,screenwriter and cameraman. This was interrupted by military service in the army but only partly as he was put into the army film unit where he made over 100 films. Demobbed in 1960 he used family money for his first feature Le propre de l'homme (1961) which was a total flop. In '61 he started filming 'La Vie de Chateau' but was forced to close down after one week due to lack of finance. In 1964 he made In the Affirmative (1964) which was a success in Sweden but a flop everywhere else. In 1963 his film Night Women (1964) had 40 minutes cut by the censor so it was never shown publicly. His film The Decadent Influence (1965) was his first to recover production costs. In 1965 came his 5th completed film Les grands moments (1966) but he thought it so bad that he bought the film himself so that it would never be seen. Things changed round completely the following year with what became a classic - A Man and a Woman (1966) which won the 'Grand Prix at Cannes, an Oscar for Best Picture numerous other awards.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tonyman 5

Family (2)

Spouse Alessandra Martines (1993 - 2009)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Marie-Sophie L. (1986 - 1992)  (divorced)  (3 children)
Christine Lelouch (1967 - ?)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Salomé Lelouch
Simon Lelouch
Sarah Lelouch
Shaya Lelouch
Seb Lelouch

Trivia (7)

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985." Pages 572-577. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1967.
Children: Sarah Lelouch (with Swedish model Gunilla Friden), Salomé Lelouch (with first wife Evelyne Bouix), Sabaya Lelouch, Seb Lelouch, Shaya Lelouch (with second wife), Simon Lelouch (with actress Christine Lelouch), and Stella Lelouch (with third wife Alessandra Martines).
His production company is "Les Films 13".
He supported Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 presidential campaign.
After he graduated from high school, Lelouch's father gave him a 16mm.camera and some money and told him to go out, see the world, and bring back some images.The future director took his new tool to Russia where he made a documentary and later when conscripted into the army made seven short subjects for the military's cinematographic service.
Was scheduled to direct T For Thriller an English language film starring Dustin Hoffman.

Personal Quotes (9)

Film-making is like spermatozoa. Only one in a million makes it.
The more I go to the movies, the more I like French movies.
I think my English gets worse. It's a tough language for the French, we phrase things completely different.
One day I'll make a film for the critics, when I have money to lose.
The screenplay talks to the conscious mind and the music to the subconscious mind. Our subconscious tells us we are eternal but our consciousness tell us we are mortals. Music is part of eternity. If God exists he is the composer.
I deal with my actors as if they were my friends and people I love. They want to make me feel good and make me happy, and I want to make them happy. We are not in a professional relationship, we are in a passionate relationship.
I am the guinea pig of my films in a way. I test the stories a bit before I make them. I've never hung myself like the character in my latest film, but I've tried to be a reporter of life.
When a film is good, the spectators feel like they are the actors. What I love in film is not to watch the film but to live the film.
The more I go, the more I love life. Despite all the downfalls, I think it is extraordinary. I feel like I'm an observer in a science laboratory where you study life, lies and love. I'm delighted to be part of the experience. If you love life everything's possible. When you love life, life loves you back.

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