Claude Autant-Lara

Director, Screenwriter, Artist
Left-leaning director who established himself in the 1940s with a string of impressive films including "Lettres d'amour" (1942), the wistful fantasy "Sylvie et la Fantome" (1945), and the superb first screen adaptation ... Read more »
Born: 08/05/1901 in France

Filmography

Director (13)

Gloria 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

A Woman in White 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Comte de Monte Cristo 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Green Mare 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Thou Shalt Not Kill 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

In Case of Emergency 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Four Bags Full 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Rouge et Noir 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gambler 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Marguerite de la Nuit 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Game of Love 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Bon Dieu sans Confession 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Auberge Rouge 1950 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

The Red Inn 2007 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "L'Auberge Rouge") (Source Material)

Gloria 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gloria 1976 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Thou Shalt Not Kill 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Game of Love 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The Green Mare 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Left-leaning director who established himself in the 1940s with a string of impressive films including "Lettres d'amour" (1942), the wistful fantasy "Sylvie et la Fantome" (1945), and the superb first screen adaptation of Raymond Radiguet's "Devil in the Flesh" (1947). Though some of Autant-Lara's later works appeared traditional and a bit dated alongside those of the New Wave, the criticism of his whole body of work by that generation of filmmakers seems in retrospect to be somewhat unjust. Autant-Lara's own career had in fact begun with a series of avant-garde shorts, including "Construire un feu" (1926), the first film to achieve a "widescreen" effect through the use of an anamorphic lens.

Relationships

Edouard Autant

Father

Ghislaine Autant-Lara

Wife
scripted several of husband's films predeceased him

Louise Lara

Mother
an outspoken pacifist, she had to leave France (for London) during WWI

EDUCATION

Ecole des Beaux Arts

Paris

Mill Hill School

attended after leaving France during WWI

Lycee Janson de Sailly

left during WWI for move to London

Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs

Paris

Milestones

1988

Courted controversy by supporting the right-wing politician Jean-Marie Le Pen

1977

Final film, "Gloria"

1973

Adapted Stendahl's "Lucien Leuwen" for French TV

1961

Directed "Tu ne tueras point/Thou Shalt Not Kill", about conscientious objectors during WWII; banned from shooting film in France and Italy because of subject matter; filmed in Yugoslavia

1956

Directed the comedy "Pig Across Paris/La Traversee de Paris", set during the 1942 German Occupation

1955

Helmed a featured adaptation of "Le Rouge et le noir/The Red and the Black"

1951

Directed the black comedy "L'Auberge rouge/The Red Inn"

1949

Enjoyed an international success with "Occupe-toi d'Amelie/Oh Amelia!"

1947

Made what is arguably his masterpiece "Le Diable au corps/The Devil in the Flesh"

1944

Teamed Joyeux and Jacques Tati in "Sylive et le fantome/Sylvie and the Phantom"

1942

Helmed "Douce/Love Story", starring Joyeux

1941

First film with Odette Joyeux, "Le Mariage de Chiffon"

1933

Feature film directing debut, "Ciboulette"

1930

Lived in Hollywood

1926

Directed first film to employ Chretien's anamorphic lens in creating a widescreen image, "Construire un feu" (a short based on the Jack London story "To Build a Fire")

1926

Created the costumes for "Nana", directed by Rene Clair

1923

First short film as director, "Fait divers"

1919

Entered films as set designer on "Le Carnaval des verites"

Seved as president of the Syndicat des Technicians du Cinema Francais; subsequently served as honorary president

Served as president of the Federation Nationale du Spectacle; subsequently solved as honorary president

Moved to London by his mother during WWI; returned to Paris after the war

Bonus Trivia

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He was named a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur.

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He was also named a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.

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