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Claude Berri

Lowest Rated:   20% The Lover (L'amant) (1992)
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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

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Mazel Tov ou le mariage (Marry Me! Marry Me!)
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Tresor
  • Director
2009
71% Welcome to the Sticks
  • Producer
2008
92% La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) (Couscous)
  • Producer
2007
100% Ensemble, c'est tout (Hunting and Gathering)
  • Producer
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet La Maison du Bonheur
  • Producer
2006
57% Happily Ever After
  • Producer
  • Vincent's Father
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% Une femme de ménage
  • Producer
  • Director
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
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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • 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
80% Queen Margot (La Reine Margot)
  • Producer
1994
90% 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
20% 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
80% 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
85% 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
No Score Yet Naked Childhood (L'Enfance nue)
  • Producer
1969
100% The Two of Us (Le vieil homme et l'enfant)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1967
86% Behold a Pale Horse
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Please Not Now!
  • Bernard
1961
No Score Yet The Truth
  • Georges
1960
No Score Yet 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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