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Claude Autant-Lara
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Claude Autant-Lara

05 August 1903 - 05 February 2000

Actor, Director, Assistant Director, Adapter/dialogue writer, Author of original work, Producer, Screenwriter, Editor, Production Designer, Artistic Director, Costume designer

    Biography

    Born in 1901, Claude Autant-Lara falls in love with the cinema as soon as he enters secondary school. After graduating from the National School of Decorative Arts, he becomes a set designer for the theatre and art director for the cinema, and works with Renoir, Lehmann and L'Herbier. The latter produces his first film Faits-divers, a short in which he directs his mother. An atypical director and fascinated by new techniques, Claude Autant-Lara experiences difficult beginnings. It's by directing actress Odette Joyeux that he realises his first successes with films such as Le Mariage de Chiffon and Sylvia and the Ghost. In 1945, he directs Devil in the Flesh starring Micheline Presle and Gérard Philippe. Judged immoral, the film gives rise to sharp reactions by audiences and critics. The story of the two lovers is nevertheless considered symbolic of the young generation and consecrates Autant-Lara as a nonconformist and provocative director. He then shoots his greatest successes, including The Trip Across Paris in 1951 with the greatest French actors of the day: Gabin, Bourvil and de Funès. But the New Wave, supported by the critics of the Cahiers du Cinéma make Autant-Lara the very emblem of the old-fashioned cinema. He nevertheless directs films until 1970s before devoting himself to writing, memoirs and pamphlets.

    Filmography (62)

    The Red Inn

    The Red Inn

    (2007)

    Gloria

    Gloria

    (1977)

    Potatoes - Poster France

    Potatoes

    (1969)

    Franciscan of Bourges - Poster France

    Franciscan of Bourges

    (1967)

    Humour noir

    Humour noir

    (1966)

    Paris Today

    Paris Today

    (1966)

    The Oldest Profession - Poster France

    The Oldest Profession

    (1966)

    Une femme en blanc se révolte (Nouveau journal d'une femme en blanc) - Poster France

    Une femme en blanc se révolte (Nouveau journal d'une femme en blanc)

    (1966)

    La Bestiole

    La Bestiole

    (1965)

    A Woman in White - Poster France

    A Woman in White

    (1965)

    Josefa's Loot - Poster France

    Josefa's Loot

    (1963)

    Enough Rope

    Enough Rope

    (1962)

    Thou Shalt Not Kill

    Thou Shalt Not Kill

    (1961)

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    (1961)

    Vive Henri IV, vive l'amour !

    Vive Henri IV, vive l'amour !

    (1961)

    Lovers' Wood - Poster France

    Lovers' Wood

    (1960)

    The Regattas San Francisco - Poster France

    The Regattas San Francisco

    (1960)

    The Green Mare - Poster France

    The Green Mare

    (1959)

    The Gambler

    The Gambler

    (1958)

    Love Is my profession / In Case of Adversity - Poster France

    Love Is my profession / In Case of Adversity

    (1958)

    The Trip Across Paris

    The Trip Across Paris

    (1956)

    Marguerite of the Night - Poster France

    Marguerite of the Night

    (1955)

    Rouge et Noir / Scarlet and Black

    Rouge et Noir / Scarlet and Black

    (1954)

    The Game of Love - Poster France

    The Game of Love

    (1953)

    Le Bon Dieu sans confession - Poster France

    Le Bon Dieu sans confession

    (1953)

    Les 7 péchés capitaux - Poster France

    Les 7 péchés capitaux

    (1951)

    The Red Inn - Poster France

    The Red Inn

    (1951)

    Look After Amelie / Oh, Amelia - Poster France

    Look After Amelie / Oh, Amelia

    (1949)

    Devil in the Flesh - Poster France

    Devil in the Flesh

    (1946)

    Sylvie and the Ghost - Poster France

    Sylvie and the Ghost

    (1946)

    Love Story

    Love Story

    (1943)

    Love Letters

    Love Letters

    (1942)

    Le Mariage de Chiffon - Poster France

    Le Mariage de Chiffon

    (1942)

    Fric-Frac - Poster France

    Fric-Frac

    (1939)

    The Stream

    The Stream

    (1938)

    Courier of Lyons - Poster France

    Courier of Lyons

    (1937)

    Ciboulette - Poster France

    Ciboulette

    (1933)

    Invite monsieur à dîner

    Invite monsieur à dîner

    (1932)

    La Dame d'en face

    La Dame d'en face

    (1932)

    La Peur des coups

    La Peur des coups

    (1932)

    Le Gendarme est sans pitié

    Le Gendarme est sans pitié

    (1932)

    Monsieur le duc

    Monsieur le duc

    (1932)

    Un client sérieux

    Un client sérieux

    (1932)

    L'athlète incomplet

    L'athlète incomplet

    (1932)

    Pur-sang

    Pur-sang

    (1931)

    Buster se marie

    Buster se marie

    (1931)

    Boul se met au verre

    Boul se met au verre

    (1929)

    Soluble dans l'eau

    Soluble dans l'eau

    (1929)

    Construire un feu

    Construire un feu

    (1928)

    The Devil in the Heart / Little Devil May Care

    The Devil in the Heart / Little Devil May Care

    (1928)

    Apaches of Paris

    Apaches of Paris

    (1927)

    Vittel

    Vittel

    (1926)

    Nana

    Nana

    (1926)

    The Imaginary Voyage

    The Imaginary Voyage

    (1926)

    The New Enchantment / L'Inhumaine

    The New Enchantment / L'Inhumaine

    (1924)

    Fait-divers

    Fait-divers

    (1923)

    Paris Asleep / The Crazy Ray

    Paris Asleep / The Crazy Ray

    (1923)

    Le Marchand de plaisirs

    Le Marchand de plaisirs

    (1923)

    Don Juan et Faust

    Don Juan et Faust

    (1922)

    Villa Destin

    Villa Destin

    (1921)

    The Judgment of the Deep

    The Judgment of the Deep

    (1920)

    Le Carnaval des vérités

    Le Carnaval des vérités

    (1920)

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