Claude Berri

Birthday: Jul 1, 1934
Birthplace: Not Available
An actor turned director, producer, and screenwriter, Claude Berri is known in France and abroad for making films that offer both comedic and dramatic explorations of the prejudices and anxieties that plague most people, and their alternately deleterious and hilarious repercussions. His work tends to be intensely personal and has oftentimes been informed by his own background as the child of Jewish immigrant parents.Born as Claude Langmann in Paris on July 1, 1934, Berri grew up during the war years under the protection of his parents' gentile friends. As a young adult, he worked for a brief time as a furrier before becoming an actor. He made his screen debut in Claude Autant-Lara's Le Bon Dieu Sans Confession (1953). After playing a series of small roles in such films as Claude Chabrol's Les Bonnes Femmes (1960), Henri-Georges Cluzot's La Verité (1960), and Maurice Pialat's Janine (1962), Berri made his directorial debut with the 1965 short La Poulet. The film won an Oscar for Best Live Short and a prize at the Venice Film Festival, and Berri proceeded to release two more short films, Les Baisers and La Chance et L'Amour, the following year.Berri wrote and directed his first feature-length film, Le Vieil Homme et L'Enfant, in 1968. The story of a young Jewish boy (Alain Cohen, who would go on to portray Berri's alter-ego in a number of his films) who befriends an anti-Semitic old man (famed Swiss actor Michel Simon), the film was a deeply personal one for the director, and it earned international acclaim for its tender, unsentimental execution. After directing a comedy, La Pistonné, which starred Guy Bedos as a draft-dodger, Berri returned to more personal terrain with Le Cinema de Papa in 1970. Featuring Berri as himself (and Alain Cohen as his younger self), the film was the director's autobiographical exploration of his youth and teen years.Between 1972 and 1975 Berri directed four films, all of which were (often satirical) comedies revolving around the sexual desires and peccadillos of the average French male. One of these, La Première Fois (1976), covered the sexual awakening of Berri's alter ego (Cohen again) and also provided a glimpse of Jewish life in 1950s France. Berri subsequently tried his hand at straight romance with Je Vous Aime (1980), which starred Catherine Deneuve as a woman reflecting on the state of her love life and featured a cast that included Gérard Depardieu, Serge Gainsbourg, and Jean-Louis Trintignant. During the early '80s much of Berri's energies were focused on producing -- in 1979, he set up his own production company, Renn Films, and he later established AMLF, his own distribution firm. Among the many films he went on to produce were Roman Polanski's Tess (1979), Jean-Jacques Annaud's L'Ours (1988) and L'Amant (1992), Patrice Chéreau's La Reine Margot (1994), and Josiane Balasko's Gazon Maudit (1995).As a director, Berri had one of his greatest successes to date with Tchao Pantin (1983). A drama that starred the famed satirist Coluche as an alcoholic gas station attendant who befriends a troubled young drug dealer (Richard Anconina), the film was a huge critical success and won a number of Césars, including awards for Coluche and Anconina and a Best Director nomination for Berri. The director had further success with two more straight dramas, Jean de Florette and its sequel, Manon des Sources (both 1986). The films, which were adapted from Marcel Pagnol's story of greed, desire, and unrequited love in the early 20th century French countryside, both garnered large amounts of international praise, including (in the case of the former) a Best Film British Academy Award and (in the case of the latter), acting Césars for Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Béart.Berri did not direct another film until 1990, when he released Uranus. A political satire set in a post-war French village peopled by falsely patriotic hypocrites, the film

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No Score Yet Mazel Tov ou le mariage (Marry Me! Marry Me!) Director Actor Screenwriter Producer 2012
No Score Yet Tresor Director 2009
67% Welcome to the Sticks Producer 2008
93% La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) (Couscous) Producer 2007
100% Ensemble, c'est tout (Hunting and Gathering) Director Producer 2007
No Score Yet La Maison du Bonheur Producer 2006
57% Happily Ever After Producer Vincent's Father $0.2M 2005
No Score Yet L' Un Reste, l'Autre Part (One Stays, the Other Leaves) Director 2005
93% Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque Actor 2004
No Score Yet Les Clefs de bagnole (The Car Keys) Actor 2003
77% A Housekeeper (Une femme de ménage) Producer Director $0.3M 2003
67% Amen Producer 2003
No Score Yet Les Sentiments Producer 2003
No Score Yet Le Bison Producer 2003
66% My Wife Is an Actress Producer $0.8M 2002
86% Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre (Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra) Producer Cleopatra's Portraitist 2002
86% Va Savoir Librarian 2001
No Score Yet Tchao Pantin Director 2001
No Score Yet Astérix et Obélix contre César (Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar) Producer 1999
74% Lucie Aubrac Screenwriter Director Producer 1999
89% Der Unhold (The Ogre) Executive Producer 1999
91% La Separation Producer 1998
No Score Yet Le pari Producer 1997
No Score Yet Arlette Producer 1997
No Score Yet Didier Producer 1997
No Score Yet Les Trois Frères Le president du tribunal Producer 1995
55% French Twist (Gazon maudit) Producer Executive Producer 1995
81% Queen Margot (La Reine Margot) Producer 1994
82% Germinal Screenwriter Producer Director 1994
No Score Yet L'Univers de Jacques Demy (The Universe of Jacques Demy)(The World of Jacques Demy) Actor 1993
32% The Lover (L'amant) Producer 1992
89% Uranus Producer Director Screenwriter 1991
92% The Bear Executive Producer Producer 1989
67% La Petite Voleuse (The Little Thief) Producer 1988
No Score Yet Trois places pour le 26 (Three Places for the 26th) Producer 1988
81% Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources) Director Screenwriter 1987
100% Jean De Florette Director Screenwriter 1986
No Score Yet Tchao Pantin Screenwriter Director 1985
No Score Yet Les enfants (The Children) Producer 1985
No Score Yet Tchao pantin Director 1983
No Score Yet Garcon! (Waiter!) Producer 1983
No Score Yet L'homme blessé Producer 1983
No Score Yet Le Maître d'école Director 1981
No Score Yet Je vous aime (I Love You All) Producer Director Screenwriter 1980
83% Tess Producer 1979
No Score Yet One Wild Moment Director 1977
No Score Yet Je t'aime moi non plus (I Love You, I Don't) Producer 1976
No Score Yet Le Sex Shop Producer Screenwriter Director Claude 1972
No Score Yet Le Cinema de Papa Claude, 25 Claude 25 Director Screenwriter 1970
80% Naked Childhood (L'Enfance nue) Producer 1969
100% The Two of Us (Le vieil homme et l'enfant) Screenwriter Director 1967
88% Behold a Pale Horse Actor 1964
No Score Yet Please Not Now! Bernard 1961
No Score Yet The Truth Georges 1960
80% Les Bonnes Femmes (The Good Girls) Jane's Boyfriend 1960
No Score Yet J'irai cracher sur vos tombes (I Spit on Your Grave) Actor 1959
No Score Yet Le pistonné (The Man with Connections) Director
No Score Yet Le mâle du siècle (Male of the Century) Actor Director

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