Jean-Jacques Annaud

Jean-Jacques Annaud

Highest Rated: 100% Noirs et Blancs en Couleur (Black and White in Color) (1976)

Lowest Rated: 11% Day of the Falcon (2013)

Birthday: Oct 1, 1943

Birthplace: Draveil, Essonne, Île-de-France, France

French director Jean-Jacques Annaud received his training in the nuts-and-bolts aspects of filmmaking through his many army training films and TV commercials. Annaud's feature film debut, Black and White in Color (1976), an amusing but affectionate look at French national chauvinism which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Picture. Annaud's tastes have run to "long ago and far away" story material, though unlike his Hollywood contemporaries, he refuses to "pretty up" historical films with modern facial makeup and attractive clothing. We fully believe that his Quest for Fire (1981) took place 80,000 years ago amongst hirsute human beings just one step above primates; and we accept such big-name stars as Sean Connery and F. Murray Abraham as pasty-faced, gargoylish 14th century monks in Annaud's The Name of the Rose (1986). The director was honored with the French Cesar award for both of these productions, and would win a third Cesar for his outdoors adventure The Bear (1989). Annaud later stylishly explored sexual matters with The Lover, an adaptation of Marguerite Duras' bestselling novel. More recently, he turned to the Canadian-invented technology IMAX for his 40-minute 3-D feature Wings of Courage.

Highest Rated Movies



67% Wolf Totem Producer Screenwriter Director 2015
11% Day of the Falcon Screenwriter 2013
No Score Yet Der Bernd Actor 2012
No Score Yet Kashmir Director 2009
No Score Yet Sa Majesté Minor (His Majesty Minor) Director 2007
78% Two Brothers Producer $19M 2004
54% Enemy at the Gates Producer Director Screenwriter $50.6M 2001
27% Running Free Producer 2000
60% Seven Years in Tibet Producer Director Screenwriter 1997
No Score Yet Wings of Courage Director Producer Screenwriter 1995
32% The Lover (L'amant) Director Screenwriter 1992
93% The Bear Director 1989
74% The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose) Director 1986
86% Quest for Fire Director 1981
No Score Yet Coup de tête (Hothead) Director 1979
100% Noirs et Blancs en Couleur (Black and White in Color) Director 1976


No Score Yet The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Director Executive Producer 2018


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