Alain Resnais

Alain Resnais

Highest Rated: 100% Nuit et brouillard (1955)

Lowest Rated: 64% Far From Vietnam (1967)

Birthday: Jun 3, 1922

Birthplace: Vannes, France

Arguably the single most important director to emerge from the French New Wave, Alain Resnais fed his early imagination a varied diet of popular movies, pulp fiction, Proust, Katherine Mansfield and comic books, retaining throughout his career the ability to bridge the gap between high and low culture in his films. He began making 16mm documentary "art" shorts in the late 1940s, visiting the works of Hans Hartnung, Felix Labisse, Henri Goetz and Max Ernst, among others, but it was his more ambitious "Van Gogh" (1948) which finally succeeded in truly drawing the observer into the artist's world. The film impressed producer Pierre Braunberger sufficiently that he requested Resnais film a 35mm version which earned the 1949 Best Short Subject Oscar. With "Guernica" (1950), a short directed in collaboration with Robert Hessen, the former editor took his filmmaking one step farther, employing the montage techniques he had gradually been mastering to create a passionate protest against war that is at the same time an affirmation of faith in humanity and the possibility of love. The director's subsequent move into feature films was equally acclaimed, resulting in some of the most powerful and emotionally resonant films of their time. Considered an auteur despite his reliance on collaborating screenwriters, Resnais consistently adhered to strategies of fragmented point-of-view and multiple temporality and has significantly advanced film's ability to express the vagaries of the human mind.




76% 42% Life of Riley Director,
- 2014
86% 58% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet Director,
$18.5K 2012
68% 37% Wild Grass Director $403.6K 2009
77% 53% Private Fears in Public Places Director,
$134.2K 2006
75% 52% Not on the Lips Director - 2003
71% 81% Same Old Song Director $32.4K 1997
No Score Yet 100% Smoking/No Smoking Director - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Smoking Director - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Smoking Director - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grands soirs et petits matins Himsel (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Against Oblivion Director - 1992
No Score Yet 39% I Want to Go Home Director - 1989
83% 62% Melo Director - 1986
No Score Yet 59% Love Unto Death Director - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet L'amoura'mort Director - 1984
78% 42% Life is a Bed of Roses Director - 1983
86% 86% Mon Oncle d'Amerique Director - 1980
80% 87% Providence Director - 1977
92% 58% Stavisky Director $12.0K 1974
No Score Yet 76% The Year 01 Director - 1973
89% 81% I Love You, I Love You Director,
$59.0K 1968
64% 91% Far From Vietnam Director - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The War Is Over Director - 1966
87% 78% La Guerre Est Finie Director - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Muriel, or The Time of Return Director - 1963
85% 79% Muriel Director - 1963
95% 85% Last Year at Marienbad Director,
$60.1K 1961
98% 89% Hiroshima My Love Director $88.3K 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Song of Styrene Director,
Film Editing
- 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Broadway by Light Film Editing - 1958
No Score Yet 71% La Pointe Courte Film Editing - 1956
No Score Yet 72% All the World's Memories Director - 1956
100% 95% Nuit et brouillard Director,
Film Editing
- 1955
No Score Yet 100% Night and Fog Director - 1955