Jean-Claude Carriere

Screenwriter, Playwright, Novelist
A prolific, highly accomplished French playwright and screenwriter, Jean-Claude Carriere is perhaps best recalled for his two decade association with Luis Bunuel during which he contributed to the screenplays of such ... Read more »
Born: 08/30/1931 in France

Filmography

Writer (91)

El Artista y la Modelo 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Artist and the Model 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Patience Stone 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Carrière 250 meters 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The White Ribbon 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Goya's Ghosts 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ulzhan 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Birth 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

That Obscure Object of Desire 2001 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

That Obscure Object of Desire 2001 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

That Obscure Object of Desire 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bunuel, King Solomon 2000 (Movie)

screenplay collaboration (Screenplay)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Guerre dans le Haut-Pays 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chinese Box 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Chinese Box 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ogre 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Horseman on the Roof 1996 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation (Screenplay)

The Tin Drum 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sommersby 1993 (Movie)

from original film screenplay("Le Retour de Martin Guerre") (From Story)

The Night & the Moment 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Otage de l'Europe 1992 (Movie)

French adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Retour de Casanova 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cyrano de Bergerac 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cyrano de Bergerac 1990 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

May Fools 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mahabharata 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mahabharata 1990 (Movie)

stage adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Hard to Be a God 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

J'ecris dans l'espace 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Valmont 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bengali Nights 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jeniec Europy 1988 (Movie)

(translations) (Screenplay)

Les Possedes 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wolf at the Door 1987 (Movie)

(From Story)

Les Exploits d'un jeune Don Juan 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Max mon amour 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Unique 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Un Amour de Swann 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Jeune fille et l'enfer 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Circle of Deceit 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Danton 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Tragedie de Carmen 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le General de l'Armee Morte 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Antonieta 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Itineraire Bis 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Indiscretion 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Return of Martin Guerre 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Every Man For Himself 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ils sont grands ces petits 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Associe 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Homme en colere 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Retour a la Bien-Aimee 1978 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Retour a la Bien-Aimee 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chaussette Surprise 1977 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Chaussette Surprise 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Un Papillon sur l'Epaule 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Julie pot de colle 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Diable dans la boite 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Gang 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Photo Souvenir 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Leonor 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Faille 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Oeufs Brouilles 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Serieux comme le plaisir 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

France Societe Anonyme 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Chair de l'orchidee 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Fantome de la Liberte 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Un Amour de pluie 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dorothea's Rache 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Moine 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Un Homme Est Mort 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taking Off 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Borsalino 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Cagna 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Swimming Pool 1970 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

The Swimming Pool 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Un Peu de soleil dans l'eau froide 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Alliance 1969 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

L' Alliance 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Milky Way 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le grand amour 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Belle de Jour 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Yoyo 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Thief of Paris 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hotel Paradiso 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Diary of a Chambermaid 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Viva Maria 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Suitor 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (15)

Certified Copy 2011 (Movie)

the Man at the Square (Actor)

Carrière 250 meters 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Avida 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bunuel, King Solomon 2000 (Movie)

David Goldman (Actor)

Regarding Bunuel 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jaya Ganga 1996 (Movie)

Professor (Actor)

The Night & the Moment 1993 (Movie)

Gouverneur (Actor)

Milos Forman: Portrait 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Ils sont grands ces petits 1978 (Movie)

Psychiatre (Actor)

Photo Souvenir 1976 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Le Jardin des Supplices 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Serieux comme le plaisir 1974 (Movie)

Chief (Actor)

L' Alliance 1969 (Movie)

Hughes (Actor)

The Milky Way 1969 (Movie)

Priscillian (Actor)

Diary of a Chambermaid 1964 (Movie)

The Cure (Actor)
Director (2)

L' Unique 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

La Pince a ongles 1967 (Movie)

(Director)
Art Department (1)

The Suitor 1962 (Movie)

(Artistic Advisor)
Other (1)

Max mon amour 1986 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Biography

A prolific, highly accomplished French playwright and screenwriter, Jean-Claude Carriere is perhaps best recalled for his two decade association with Luis Bunuel during which he contributed to the screenplays of such classics as "The Diary of a Chambermaid" (1964), "Belle du Jour" (1968), "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972) and "That Obscure Object of Desire" (1976). In addition, the writer has enjoyed profitable associations with such top talent as Jacques Deray, Milos Forman, Louis Malle, Volker Schlondorff, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Andrzej Wajda and Peter Brook, often adapting plays and novels. Adept at a variety of genres, he excels at producing screenplays that demonstrate an acerbic but amused point of view.

Relationships

Alice Carriere

Mother

Iris Carriere

Daughter

Nicole Carriere

Wife

Felix Carriere

Father

Hanna Schygulla Actor

Companion

EDUCATION

educated at a religious college before moving to Paris in 1945 to attend university

Milestones

2007

Reunited with Forman to script "Goya's Ghosts"

1999

Stage play "La Terrasse" opened Off-Broadway

1998

Wrote screenplay for "Chinese Box", directed by Wayne Wang

1996

Wrote screenplay for "Le Roi des aulnes/The Ogre", directed by Schlondorff

1995

Adapted "Le Hussard sur le toit/The Horseman on the Roof" for Rappeneau; Depardieu had small role in film

1991

Contributed to the screenplay of "At Play in the Fields of the Lord", directed by Hector Babenco

1990

Worked with Jean-Paul Rappeneau on the definitive "Cyrano de Bergerac", starring Depardieu

1989

Reunited with Forman to adapt "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" as "Valmont"

1989

With Peter Brook, adapted Brook's acclaimed staging of "The Mahabharta" as a miniseries for British television; eventually aired in the USA

1988

Collaborated with director Philip Kaufman on the screen version of Milan Kundera's novel "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"; shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination

1987

Second collaboration with Wajda, "The Possessed/Les Possedes"

1985

With Olivier Assayas, co-directed feature film "L'Unique"; also worked on screenplay

1984

Reunited with Schlondorff to adapt Proust's "Swann in Love/Un Amour de Swann"; Peter Brook also was one of the credited scenarists

1982

Made contributions to the script of Andrzej Wajda's historical drama "Danton", starring Depardieu

1982

Co-wrote "Le Retour de Martin Guerre/The Return of Martin Guerre", starring Gerard Depardieu

1982

Wrote the stage play "The Conference of Birds" in collaboration with Peter Brook

1981

Earned widespread praise for his collaboration with Peter Brook on the stage play "La Tragedie de Carmen/The Tragedy of Carmen"; filmed in 1983

1979

Collaborated with Jean-Luc Godard on "Sauve qui peut la vie/Every Man for Himself"

1979

Co-wrote the award-winning adaptation of "The Tin Drum", directed by Volker Schlondorff

1979

Contributed to the script for the popular French comedy "L'Associe/The Associate"

1977

Shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay for "That Obscure Object of Desire/Cet obscure objet du desir"; final film with Luis Bunuel

1975

Penned screenplay of "Leonor", directed by Jean-Luis Bunuel

1974

Reteamed with Bunuel for "La Fantome de la liberte/The Phantom of Liberty"

1972

With Bunuel, co-wrote "Le Charm discret de la bourgeiosie/The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie"; nominated for Best Original Screenplay

1970

Wrote "A Little Sun in Cold Water/Un Peu de soleil dans l'eau froide", featuring Gerard Depardieu

1970

Collaborated with Milos Forman on "Taking Off"

1969

Contributed to the script of Deray's gangster drama "Borsalino"

1968

Initial collaboration with director Jacques Deray, "The Swimming Pool/Basseinut/La Piscine"

1968

Wrote play "L'Aide-Memoire"; produced on Broadway as "The Little Black Book" in 1972

1967

Scripted "Belle du Jour", directed by Bunuel

1967

First English language screenwriting credit, "Hotel Paradiso"

1967

Reunited with Malle for "Le Voleur/The Thief of Paris"

1965

First collaboration with Louis Malle, "Viva Maria!"

1964

First collaboration with Luis Bunuel, "Le Journal d'une femme de chambre/Diary of a Chambermaid"; also made screen acting debut in film

1962

Feature film screenwriting debut, "Le Soupirant/The Suitor", directed by Etaix

1962

Co-produced (with Etaix) the Oscar-winning short "Heureux Anniversaire/Happy Anniversary"

1961

Made directorial debut as co-helmer (with Etaix) of the short film "Rupture"

1957

Began collaboration with Pierre Etaix

1944

Arrived in Paris to study literature and history just before the end of WWII

Bonus Trivia

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Carriere was head of the film school FEMIS from 1986, and has frequently conducted writing and directing workshops.

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Luis Bunuel was once quoted about his collaboration with Carriere as saying, "I give my ideas and we discuss them and then he writes for me."

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In his memoirs "Threads of Time", Peter Brook wrote that Carriere "was never satisfied, always open to criticism, untiring, never short of ideas, writing all the time."

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"The problem of an adaptation is not whether one is being faithful or unfaithful, it is a stupid quarrel, in which both terms are bad. Taking a book in order to be unfaithful to it is stupid. Why not leave it then? Taking a book solely to be faithful to it, why not just stay with the book? The problem is making a movie. People don't come to the movie house with a book on their knees to compare each word point by point. They come to see a movie, that's all." --Jean-Claude Carriere

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Comparing his two most frequent collaborators: "Peter is a brook, like clear water going from one graound to another one, bringing fertility. Bunuel was a block of Spanish stone. You have to dig inside to find if there is some corner of the stone which has not been explored yet." --Carriere quoted in The New York Times, June 8, 1999

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"A screenwriter has to know this: If he considers that a script is a finished work, he's not a real screenwriter. It is ephemeral and transitory. The cinema has its own language, and the one who uses that is the director. He writes with his camera and his [editing machine]." --Carriere quoted in The Holywood Reporter, February 28, 2000

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