Louis Malle

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
One of the most consistently innovative and risk-taking filmmakers of his generation, Louis Malle directed a number of critically acclaimed films both in his native France and the United States, but rarely received the ... Read more »
Born: 10/30/1932 in France

Filmography

Director (28)

Elevator to the Gallows 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

... And the Pursuit of Happiness 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Vanya on 42nd Street 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Damage 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

May Fools 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Au revoir, les enfants 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Vie Privee 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

God's Country 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

Alamo Bay 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Crackers 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Atlantic City 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

My Dinner With Andre 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Pretty Baby 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Moon 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Lacombe, Lucien 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Humain, trop humain 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Murmur of the Heart 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Calcutta 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Toby Dammit 1969 (Movie)

("Willliam Wilson") (Director)

Phantom India 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Thief of Paris 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Viva Maria 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fire Within 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Vive le Tour! 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Zazie 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lovers 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The House on the Waterfront 1955 (Movie)

(underwater scenes) (Director)

The Silent World 1955 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (23)

Elevator to the Gallows 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Elevator to the Gallows 2005 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

... And the Pursuit of Happiness 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

May Fools 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

May Fools 1990 (Movie)

(From Story)

Au revoir, les enfants 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Au revoir, les enfants 1988 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Au revoir, les enfants 1988 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Vie Privee 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pretty Baby 1978 (Movie)

(From Story)

Black Moon 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lacombe, Lucien 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Murmur of the Heart 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Calcutta 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Toby Dammit 1969 (Movie)

("William Wilson") (Screenplay)

The Thief of Paris 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Viva Maria 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Viva Maria 1964 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

The Fire Within 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Vive le Tour! 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zazie 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lovers 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Silent World 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (12)

Murphy Brown 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Who Is Henry Jaglom? 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

La Vie de Boheme 1993 (Movie)

Gentleman (Actor)

Au revoir, les enfants 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Vie Privee 1988 (Movie)

Journalist (Actor)

And the Pursuit of Happiness 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

De Weg Naar Bresson 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema Of Edwin S. Porter 1981 (Movie)

("Melies Catalogue") (Voice)

Calcutta 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Milky Way 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Fiancee du pirate 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vive le Tour! 1961 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)
Producer (9)

Damage 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Au revoir, les enfants 1988 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Alamo Bay 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pretty Baby 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lacombe, Lucien 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Humain, trop humain 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Thief of Paris 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Viva Maria 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Zazie 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (7)

... And the Pursuit of Happiness 1996 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Jacques Yves-Cousteau: My First 85 Years 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Photography

Mort d'un Guide 1974 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Humain, trop humain 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Calcutta 1969 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Phantom India 1968 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Vive le Tour! 1961 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)
Art Department (2)

Young Torless 1965 (Movie)

art direction supervision (Art Director)

Le Combat dans l'ile 1961 (Movie)

art direction supervision (Art Director)
Production Management (1)

"Calypso" cap au sud 1953 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Music (1)

Viva Maria 1964 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)
Other (2)

Calcutta 1969 (Movie)

English narration (Other)

A Man Escaped 1955 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

One of the most consistently innovative and risk-taking filmmakers of his generation, Louis Malle directed a number of critically acclaimed films both in his native France and the United States, but rarely received the attention that his work commanded. Malle first made a splash for his award-winning documentary with Jacques Cousteau, "Le Monde du silence" (1955), and made an effective transition to narrative filmmaking with "Elevator to the Gallows" (1957) and the controversial drama "The Lovers" (1958). He went on to helm the masterful character drama "The Fire Within" (1963) and had a major international success with the one-of-a-kind documentary series "Phantom India" (1969). After oscillating between French-made documentaries and features throughout the 1970s, Malle made his American debut with the highly charged, but ultimately mundane "Pretty Baby" (1978), before faring much better with the atmospheric crime drama "Atlantic City" (1980), which earned him his only Best Director nomination at the Academy Awards. From there, he directed his most creatively daring film, "My Dinner with Andre" (1984), returned to France for the explicitly autobiographical "Au Revoir les enfants" (1987), and ended his career - which was cut short by cancer - with the clever "Vanya on 42nd Street" (1994). From undersea documentaries to romantic thrillers; from exposés on poverty to extended dinner conversations, Malle's work could hardly have been more diverse, challenging and worthy of the highest praise.

Relationships

Maxime de la Falaise

Companion
born in 1922 had relationship in the mid-1950s for approximately three years

Brother
has two older survived him

Sister
has three older survived him

Candice Bergen Actor

Wife
Married Sept. 27, 1980 until his death from cancer Nov. 23, 1995

Anne-Marie Deschodt

Wife
married in 1965 divorced in 1967

Pierre Malle

Father

Francoise Malle

Mother

Chloe Malle

Daughter
born 1985 mother, Candice Bergen survived him

Justine Malle

Daughter
born c. 1974 mother, actor Alexandra Stewart was not married to Malle survived him

Cuathemoc Malle

Son
born c. 1971 mother, German actor Gila von Weitershausen survived him

Vincent Malle

Brother
older married to actor Dorothy Lyman survived him

Jeanne Moreau Actor

Companion
were romantically involved during shooting of "Elevator to the Gallows" (1957) and "The Lovers" (1958)

Susan Sarandon Actor

Companion
Had two-year relationship in the late 1970s Malle directed Sarandon in "Pretty Baby" (1978) and "Atlantic City" (1980)

Alexandra Stewart

Companion
mother ot Justine Malle

Gila Weitershausen

Companion
German mother of Malle's son

EDUCATION

Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris

Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques

Paris 1950 - 1953

Jesuit College at Fontainebleau

was the locale for his 1987 auto-biopic, "Goodbye, Children"

College des Carmes

Milestones

1995

Diagnosed with an invasive lymphoma that broke down his immune system and attacked his brain

1978

US feature film debut, "Pretty Baby"

1958

Directed and scripted breakthrough film, "The Lovers"

1957

Feature film directing debut and screenplay adaptation, "Elevator to the Gallows"

1954

Began working with Jacques Cousteau as assistant director, "Calypso cap au sud"

1954

Directorial debut doing underwater sequences, "The House on the Waterfront"

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