Alain Tanner

Director, Screenwriter, Cargo ship clerk
Alain Tanner, with his portraits of life among Geneva's marginal and harmless rebels, can easily be considered the director who introduced American audiences to the fact that it is not only bankers and diplomats who ... Read more »
Born: 12/06/1929 in Switzerland

Filmography

Writer (21)

Jonah and Lila, Till Tomorrow 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Requiem 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fourbi 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Hommes du Port 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Homme qui a perdu son ombre 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Femme de Rose Hill 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Une Flamme dans mon coeur 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Vallee fantome 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dans la ville blanche 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

No Man's Land 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Annees lumieres 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Messidor 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 1975 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 1975 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Le Milieu du Monde 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Milieu du Monde 1973 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Le Milieu du Monde 1973 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Le Retour d'Afrique 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Salamandre 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Charles, Dead or Alive 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (19)

Jonah and Lila, Till Tomorrow 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Requiem 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Fourbi 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Hommes du Port 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Diary of Lady M 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Homme qui a perdu son ombre 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

La Femme de Rose Hill 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Une Flamme dans mon coeur 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

La Vallee fantome 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Dans la ville blanche 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

No Man's Land 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Annees lumieres 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Messidor 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Milieu du Monde 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Retour d'Afrique 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

La Salamandre 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Charles, Dead or Alive 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Fleet Street (TV Show)

Director
Producer (15)

Fleurs De Sang 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Jonah and Lila, Till Tomorrow 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Requiem 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fourbi 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Diary of Lady M 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

L' Homme qui a perdu son ombre 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angels 1990 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

La Femme de Rose Hill 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Vallee fantome 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dans la ville blanche 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dans la ville blanche 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

No Man's Land 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Le Retour d'Afrique 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Salamandre 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Charles, Dead or Alive 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

40X15: Forty Years of the Directors' Fortnight 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Les Hommes du Port 1995 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Francois Simon - La Presence 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Alain Tanner, with his portraits of life among Geneva's marginal and harmless rebels, can easily be considered the director who introduced American audiences to the fact that it is not only bankers and diplomats who live in Geneva. Influenced by his involvement with the British Free Cinema movement in London in the early 1960s and with the French New Wave during his Paris years, Tanner's films, often co-scripted with the English art critic John Berger, combine a cinema-verite documentary style and with fable-like story telling. A gentle, idiosyncratic anarchy, tinged with irony, suffuses both "La Salamandre" (1971) and "Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000" (1976). His later films, however, have been darker, and in the case of "No Man's Land" (1985), the whimsical optimism of the late 70s has been totally reversed.

Relationships

Father

Mother

EDUCATION

Calvin College

graduated; founded student film society

Milestones

1968

Directed first feature film, "Charles Dead or Alive/Charles mort ou vif"

1968

Formed Groupe Cinq, Swiss filmmakers' collective (with John Berger, Claude Goretta, Michel Soutter and Jean-Louis Roy)

1958

Left London, moved to Paris (date approximate)

1957

Co-directed first short, "Nice Time" (with Goretta)

1957

Worked as assistant producer with BBC's television service for which he made 6 documentaries

1955

Moved to London with Claude Goretta; both worked in department store; both found jobs with British Film Institute (Tanner in information department)

1951

Formed university cine club, Geneva

Returned to Switzerland and joined SSR, national TV service where he made 40 documentaries

Worked on cargo ship as clerk

Worked for shipping company in Geneva one year

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