Alain Resnais

Director, Screenwriter, Editor
Arguably the single most important director to emerge from the French New Wave, Alain Resnais fed his early imagination a varied diet of popular movies, pulp fiction, Proust, Katherine Mansfield and comic books ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1922 in Vannes, Brittany, FR

Filmography

Director (27)

Aimer, boire et chanter 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Grass 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Private Fears In Public Places 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Pas sur la Bouche 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Same Old Song 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

No Smoking 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Smoking 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Contre l'oubli 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Stavisky 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

I Want to Go Back Home 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Melo 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Amour a mort 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

La Vie est un roman 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Mon oncle d'Amerique 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Providence 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

I Love You, I Love You 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The War Is Over 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Muriel 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Last Year at Marienbad 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Hiroshima, Mon Amour 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Chant du Styrene 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Night and Fog 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Toute la Memoire du Monde 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Statues Meurent Aussi 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Van Gogh 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Van Gogh (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

Wild Grass 2010 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

H-Story 2001 (Movie)

inspired by film("Hiroshima, Mon Amour") (Story By)

Melo 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Love You, I Love You 1967 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

I Love You, I Love You 1967 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Les Statues Meurent Aussi 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (6)

Le Chant du Styrene 1957 (Movie)

(Editor)

Toute la Memoire du Monde 1955 (Movie)

(Editor)

A Visit 1954 (Movie)

(Editor)

La Pointe courte 1953 (Movie)

(Editor)

Les Statues Meurent Aussi 1952 (Movie)

(Editor)

Van Gogh 1949 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (1)

Apres la reconciliation 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Arguably the single most important director to emerge from the French New Wave, Alain Resnais fed his early imagination a varied diet of popular movies, pulp fiction, Proust, Katherine Mansfield and comic books, retaining throughout his career the ability to bridge the gap between high and low culture in his films. He began making 16mm documentary "art" shorts in the late 1940s, visiting the works of Hans Hartnung, Felix Labisse, Henri Goetz and Max Ernst, among others, but it was his more ambitious "Van Gogh" (1948) which finally succeeded in truly drawing the observer into the artist's world. The film impressed producer Pierre Braunberger sufficiently that he requested Resnais film a 35mm version which earned the 1949 Best Short Subject Oscar. With "Guernica" (1950), a short directed in collaboration with Robert Hessen, the former editor took his filmmaking one step farther, employing the montage techniques he had gradually been mastering to create a passionate protest against war that is at the same time an affirmation of faith in humanity and the possibility of love. The director's subsequent move into feature films was equally acclaimed, resulting in some of the most powerful and emotionally resonant films of their time. Considered an auteur despite his reliance on collaborating screenwriters, Resnais consistently adhered to strategies of fragmented point-of-view and multiple temporality and has significantly advanced film's ability to express the vagaries of the human mind.

Relationships

Jeanne Resnais

Mother

Sabine Azema Actor

Companion
Current companion

Florence Malroux

Wife
Daughter of the late French statesman André Malraux married in 1969, but they are now divorced

Pierre Resnais

Father

EDUCATION

Institut des hautes études cinématographiques

Paris 1943 - 1944

Cinematheque Francaise

Paris

Milestones

2009

Premiered film, "The Wild Grass" at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival

2006

Directed "Private Fears in Public Places," which was adapted from Alan Ayckbourn's play of the same name

1997

Helmed the film, "On connaît la chanson/Same Old Song"

1993

Directed the feature adaptation of the french play "Intimate Exchanges" into the film, "Smoking/No Smoking"

1986

Adapted the french play "Melo" into a feature film

1984

Final film with Jean Grualt, "L'Amour a mort/Love Unto Death"

1983

Re-teamed with Grualt for "Lla Vie est un roman/Life Is a Bed of Roses"

1980

Achieved commercial success with "Mon oncle d'Amerique/My Uncle in America"; first of three collaborations with scenarist Jean Grualt

1977

First English-language film, "Providence"; garnered seven Cesars and international praise"

1974

Returned to filmmaking with "Stavisky"

1968

Final film for six years, "Je t'aime, je t'aime"

1966

Helmed the Academy Award nominated film, "La Guerre est finie/The War Is Over"

1963

First color feature, "Muriel"

1961

Created an even bigger stir with his second film, "L'Annee derniere a Marienbad/Last Year at Marienbad"

1959

Made first feature, "Hiroshima, Mon Amour"; considered the first masterpiece of the French New Wave

1958

Last short, "Le Chant du styrene/The Styrene Song"

1955

Helmed the documentary short about the Nazi concentration camps, "Night and Fog"

1954

Co-edited Agnes Varda's first feature film, "Le pointe courte"

1950

Collaborated with Robert Hessens to direct, "Guernica"

1948

Filmed the 16mm short, "Van Gogh"; later re-made in 35mm at producer Pierre Braunberger's invitation, which won the 1949 Oscar for Best Short Subject (Two reel)

1947

Was an assistant editor on Nicole Vedres' prize-winning compilation film, "Paris 1900"

1946

Made his first adult film, a 16mm silent short called "Schema d'une identification"

1939

Moved to Paris

Began making amatuer films as a teenager in the 1930s

Acted during the last part of World War II with the classical theater troupe, Les Arlequins

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