Claude Miller

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Claude Miller began his film career supporting the leading lights of the "Nouvelle Vague" (New Wave). He also acted in the Jean-Luc Godard classic "Two or Three Things I Know About Her" (1967), served as the assistant ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1942 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Writer (24)

Thérèse 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I'm Glad that My Mother is Alive 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Voyez comme ils dansent 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Secret 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Le Petite Lili 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alias Betty 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Chambre des magiciennes 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Under Suspicion 2000 (Movie)

from screenplay("Garde A Vue") (From Story)

Class Trip 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Smile 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Accompanist 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Little Thief 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Vent de panique 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Effrontee 1985 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

L' Effrontee 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Plein Sud 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Garde a Vue 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Best Way 1979 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Best Way 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Tortue sur le dos 1977 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

La Tortue sur le dos 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tell Him I Love Him 1976 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Tell Him I Love Him 1976 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation (Screenplay)

La Meilleure facon de marcher 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (21)

Thérèse 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

I'm Glad that My Mother is Alive 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Voyez comme ils dansent 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Marching Band 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

A Secret 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Petite Lili 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Alias Betty 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

La Chambre des magiciennes 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Class Trip 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

Les Enfants de Lumiere 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Smile 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Accompanist 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Little Thief 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Effrontee 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Mortelle Randonnee 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Garde a Vue 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Best Way 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Tell Him I Love Him 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

La Meilleure facon de marcher 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Camille ou la comedie catastrophique 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Production Management (8)

The Wild Child 2008 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

The Story of Adele H. 1974 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

Day For Night 1973 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me 1971 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

Bed and Board 1970 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

Mississippi Mermaid 1970 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

Two English Girls 1970 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

Stolen Kisses 1969 (Movie)

(Production Manager)
Actor (4)

Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Notes pour Debussy 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Tortue sur le dos 1977 (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

Two or Three Things I Know About Her 1967 (Movie)

Bouvard (Actor)
Producer (1)

The Smile 1994 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Biography

Claude Miller began his film career supporting the leading lights of the "Nouvelle Vague" (New Wave). He also acted in the Jean-Luc Godard classic "Two or Three Things I Know About Her" (1967), served as the assistant director on "Weekend" (1967), and in the late 1960s and early 1970s, worked as production manager on a string of Francois Truffaut-directed works, starting with "Stolen Kisses" (1968) and including "La Nuit Americaine" ("Day for Night") (1973) and "L'Historie d'Adele H." ("The Story of Adele H.") (1975). In the meantime, Miller was directing his first full-length fiction film "La Meilleure facon de marcher" ("The Best Way to Walk") (1975). In the years following, Miller scripted several films - two directed by Luc Berand - and continued to write and direct his own dialogue-driven works. These included "Dites-lui que je l'aime" (1977), about a man who builds a dream house for a married woman he cannot have while being pursued by a woman he does not want; "Garde a vue" ("The Inquisitor") (1981), a nuanced thriller adapted from an English mystery novel; and "L'Effrontee" ("An Impudent Girl") (1985), a plumbing of the irascibility and jealousies of adolescence. The film featured music, the pangs of pre-adulthood, and a very young Charlotte Gainsbourg, an actress he would direct again in "La Petite voleuse" ("The Little Thief") (1988). Both films were impacted by Francois Truffaut in their fascination with erupting youth and the constant use of close-ups, underlining formally the importance of dialogue and individual performance in Miller's work. "The Little Thief" stemmed from an unfulfilled Truffaut project, and like 1992's "The Accompanist," circulated around the theme of thwarted youth yet again. In "The Accompanist", Romane Bohringer was cast as a meek pianist whose initial ecstasy at playing for a famous singer ends up exploding into an intense envy. Miller also co-wrote and directed "The Smile" (1993) and was among the directors contributing to "Les Enfants de lumiere" ("The Children of Light") (1995) and "Lumiere & Company" (1995) before writing and directing "La classe de neige" ("The School Trip"), which shared the 1998 Cannes Jury Prize. The director passed away after a long illness on April 4, 2012 at age 70.

Relationships

Annie Miller

Wife

EDUCATION

Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques

Paris 1965

Milestones

2003

Directed Ludivine Sagnier in "La Petite Lili"

2001

Made "L'Histoire de Betty Fisher"

1999

Wrote and directed "La Chambre des magiciennes/Of Women and Magic"

1998

Directed and scripted "The School Trip/La Class de neige"

1993

Helmed "The Smile/La Sourire"

1992

Directed and co-wrote "The Accompanist"

1988

Took over and completed "La Petite Voleuse" on death of Francois Truffaut

1981

Helmed what is considered one of his best features, the thriller "Garde a vue/The Inquisitor"

1975

Feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "La Meilleure Facon de Marcher/The Best Way to Walk"

1974

Directed six-part documentary for French TV called "Traits de Memoire"

1970

Directed short film, "Camille ou la comedie catastrophique"

1968

First time as feature production manager, "Stolen Kisses"

1967

Feature acting debut, "Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'elle/Two or Three things I know about her"

1967

Debut as assistant director, "Weekend"

Bonus Trivia

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"...I do like to put people in extreme situations, situations where they can't retreat to what they've learned in the past. I think the upheavals in our lives are just that, when we don't have references for dealing with what confronts us"- Miller LA Times October 3, 2000

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