I will soon try to do something else than about the Montmartre Cemetery, but… In the meantime, another cat. This time it will be about film directors, maybe more or less known abroad, but with a great reputation in France.
Claude Autant-Lara (1901-2000) - who he spent a few years in his youth in Los Angeles and made some French versions, copies (yes, that’s how it was one those years), of among others some Buster Keaton and Douglas Fairbanks Jr films - made the rest of his career in France. He made some – at least in France – famous films before (during) and after WWII, did not get sufficiently “modern” according to critics (the "French New Wave”-period) and stopped filming in the 70’s. During his later years, Autant-Lara had an unfortunate political, extreme right, activity.“En cas de malheur” (In case of adversity) from 1958, with Jean Gabin and Brigitte Bardot, censored when the film was released.
SCENE INTERDITE BARDOT GABIN 1958 EN CAS DE MALHEUR FILM FR
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Henri-George Clouzot (1907-77) rests together with his wife Vera, who appeared in several of his films. He had a long career, first as a screen writer and as from 1942 as film director. His later life was disturbed by health problems and his last film dates from 1968.
Many of his films were great critic and public successes. “Le salaire de la peur” (The wages of fear) with Yves Montand released in 1953 won the “Palme d’Or” in Cannes and the “Golden Bear” in Berlin and got some American remakes by Otto Preminger, William Friedkin…. “Les diaboliques” (The devils) with Simone Signoret (1955) also got several more or less successful remakes, including one from 1996 with Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani, Kathy Bates...
Here you can see an extract from some tests that Clouzot made with Romy Schneider for a film to be titled “L’enfer”, but which had to be interrupted because of his ill-health.
François Truffaut (1932-84), after a tough youth as an illegitimate child, started as film critic and he was one of those who actually a lot criticized the above directors. His first full-length quite self-biographic film “Les 400 coups” (The 400 blows) was released in 1959, got the Best Director-award at Cannes and represented somehow the real beginning of the French New Wave movement (Godard, Chabrol…). He made later several films with the same, then very young, actor, Jean-Pierre Léaud. His second film, “Tirer sur le pianist” (Shoot the piano player), starred Charles Aznavour, who by the way was one of Truffaut’s neighbours during his young, very unhappy, years.
Among his most famous films, maybe some special mentions for “Jules and Jim” (1962) starring Jeanne Moreau, “Fahrenheit 451” (1965) with Julie Christie and Oscar Werner, his only English-speaking film, “La Sirène de Mississippi” (Mississppi Mermaid) (1969) with Catherine Deneuve and Paul Belmondo, “La nuit américaine” (Day for night) (1973) with Jacqueline Bisset which won an Oscar as Best Foreign Film, “The story of Adèle H” (1975) with Isabelle Adjani (nominated for Best Actress Oscar), “The Last Metro” (1980) with (again) Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu…
Truffaut died too young of a brain cancer in 1984.
Here you can see an extract from “Jules and Jim” when Jeanne Moreau sings…
… and just for pleasure, when 45 years later, Vanessa Paradis (Johnny Depp’s partner in life) sings the same tune during the Cannes Film Festival.
Truffaut was a great admirer of Hitchcock and Spielberg and made an appearance Speilberg’s “Close encounters of the third kind” (1977).