Barbet Schroeder

Director, Producer, Actor
Born in Tehran, Iran to a Swiss geologist father and a German-born, non-practicing physician mother, Barbet Schroeder spent his formative years traveling with his family, spending a key part of his childhood in ... Read more »
Born: 08/25/1941 in Iran

Filmography

Director (19)

Amnesia 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Mad Men 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Inju, the Beast in the Shadow 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Terror's Advocate 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Murder By Numbers 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Our Lady of the Assassins 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Desperate Measures 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Before and After 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Kiss of Death 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Single White Female 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Reversal of Fortune 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Charles Bukowski Tapes 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Barfly 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Tricheurs 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Koko le gorille qui parle 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

General Idi Amin Dada 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Mistress 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

La Vallee 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

More 1969 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (18)

L' avocat 2009 (Movie)

Maître Mecco (Actor)

The Duchess of Langeais 2008 (Movie)

Le Duc de Grandlieu (Actor)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Porte De Choisy") (Actor)

The Darjeeling Limited 2007 (Movie)

The Mechanic (Actor)

Mickey Rourke: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Shattered Image 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

French President (Actor)

Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 (Movie)

Man in Porsche (Actor)

Queen Margot 1994 (Movie)

An Advisor (Actor)

The Golden Boat 1991 (Movie)

Mean Passerby (Actor)

Wait Until Spring, Bandini 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Roberte 1977 (Movie)

Vittorio (Actor)

Celine and Julie Go Boating 1974 (Movie)

Olivier (Actor)

Out 1: Noli Me Tangere 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Les Carabiniers 1968 (Movie)

Car Salesman (Actor)

Six in Paris 1964 (Movie)

The Husband (Actor)

La Boulangere de Monceau 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (16)

Murder By Numbers 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Our Lady of the Assassins 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Desperate Measures 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shattered Image 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Before and After 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Desolation Angels 1996 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Kiss of Death 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Single White Female 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Barfly 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mauvaise Conduite 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Perceval le gallois 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Celine and Julie Go Boating 1974 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Chloe in the Afternoon 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Night at Maud's 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Collectionneuse 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Six in Paris 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (9)

Amnesia 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Inju, the Beast in the Shadow 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Tricheurs 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Koko le gorille qui parle 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

General Idi Amin Dada 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mistress 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Vallee 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

More 1969 (Movie)

(From Story)

More 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Visual Effects & Animation (2)

Passion 1983 (Movie)

subtitles (Titles)

Every Man For Himself 1980 (Movie)

subtitles (Titles)
Other (2)

Koko le gorille qui parle 1977 (Movie)

commentary (Other)

General Idi Amin Dada 1974 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

Born in Tehran, Iran to a Swiss geologist father and a German-born, non-practicing physician mother, Barbet Schroeder spent his formative years traveling with his family, spending a key part of his childhood in Colombia. When his parents divorced when he was 11, he settled in France and gradually became enamored of motion pictures. Before age 30, he had had several careers, including film critic (for Cahiers du Cinema), photojournalist, and jazz impresario. In 1962, he and Eric Rohmer formed Les Films du Losange, a production company that oversaw the Rohmer's films, beginning with the as-yet-unreleased short, "La Boulangere de Monceau" (1962), which Schroeder narrated. After producing, appearing in and assisting with several other New Wave films (i.e., Godard's "Les Carabiniers" 1962) Schroeder directed his first feature, "More" (1969), a powerful depiction of heroin addiction. After "La Vallee/The Valley" (1972), in which a Frenchwoman goes native in New Guinea, the filmmaker earned acclaim for his feature-length documentaries, notably "General Idi Amin Dada" (1974), a portrait of the former Ugandan despot, and "Koko, the Talking Gorilla" (1977).

Relationships

Bulle Ogier

Wife

Jean-William Schroeder

Father
Swiss-French was from Geneva divorced from Schroeder's mother c. 1952

Ursula Schroeder

Mother
German divorced from Schroeder's father c. 1952 did not practice medicine

EDUCATION

University of Paris

Paris
The School is also commonly known as Sorbonne

Milestones

2007

Directed "Terror's advocate" about terrorism in the last 50 years seen trough the eyes of a lawyer, Jacques Vergès, and his clients; earned a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

2002

Directed "Murder by Numbers", about two high school students who commit a murder and are tracked by an FBI profiler

2000

Garnered praise and accolades for helming "Our Lady of the Assassins/La Virgen de los Sicarios"

1998

Helmed the thriller "Desperate Measures"

1996

Portrayed the president of France in "Mars Attacks!"

1996

Teamed Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep in the family drama "Before and After"

1995

Helmed "Kiss of Death"

1994

Acted in Patrice Chereau's "La Reine Margot/Queen Margot"

1992

Directed the "roommate-from-hell" thriller "Single White Female"

1990

Directed Jeremy Irons in "Reversal of Fortune"; based on Claus von Bulow's trial for the attempted murder of his socialite wife; nominated for a Best Director Academy Award

1987

Directed and produced "Barfly," based on Bukowski's life

1981

Was producer of Rivette's film "Le Pont du Nord"

1978

Acted in "Roberte"; Schroeder has claimed this is favorite performing job

1978

Produced Rohmer's "Perceval le Gallois/Perceval"

1976

Directed and co-wrote "Maitresse"

1974

Wrote and directed the fascinating documentary "General Idi Amin Dada"

1974

Served as producer of Jacques Rivette's "Celine and Julie Go Boating"; also acted in film

1972

With Gegauff, co-wrote "La Vallee/The Valley"; also directed

1972

Reteamed with Rohmer as producer of "Chloe in the Afternoon"

1968

Feature directing and co-writing (with Paul Gegauff) debut, "More"

1968

Produced Rohmer's acclaimed "Ma Nuit Chez Maud/My Night at Maud's"

1965

First feature as producer, "Paris vu par.../Six in Paris", an omnibus film with segments by Douchet, Rouch, Pollet, Rohmer, Godard and Chabrol; acted in Rouch's sequence "Gare du Nord"

1963

Was production assistant to Jean-Luc Godard on "Les Carabiniers"; acted in one scene in the film

1962

First short film as producer, Rohmer's "La Boulangere de Monceau"

1962

Formed production company, Les Films du Losange, with Eric Rohmer

Contributed articles to Cahiers du Cinema and L'Air de Paris

Worked as an assistant jazz tour operator in Europe

Made 52 short films "The Charles Bukowski Tapes"

Raised in Colombia (from ages six to 11) and in France (from age 11 on)

Born in Iran

Traveled to India to work on a project for director Fritz Lang; arrived to learn that film had been cancelled; remained in India traveling the countryside for six months working as an assistant photographer

Bonus Trivia

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"If Schroeder's films can be said to share a common impulse, it is toward examining the moral and philosophical consequences of extreme forms of extra-social, if not anti-social, freedom." - Gavin Smith writing in Film Comment, March-April 1995

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"My dream is to be like John Ford, who filmed only exactly what he needed. I can't really achieve this ideal because it would be detrimental to the actors. An actor has to play the whole scene, so if you need a closeup for a phrase, you end up playing everything that comes before it. Ford [did it his way] because he came from silent film." - Barbet Schroeder to Film Comment, March-April 1995.

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