Maurice Pialat

Lowest Rated: 67% Van Gogh (1992)
Birthday: Aug 31, 1925
Birthplace: Not Available
Once described as the true heir to Jean Renoir's legacy, French filmmaker Maurice Pialat is noted for his brutal, insightful portraits of the less savory aspects of family life and French society, as well as for his ability to evoke unusually powerful and realistic performances from his actors regardless of their professional status. Pialat, who is known as one of his country's more "difficult" directors due to both his subject matter and on-set clashes, was born in Puy-de-Dôme but raised in Paris after the age of three. He started out as a painter and jack-of-all-trades and did sporadic work as an actor. In the late '50s, Pialat became fascinated with cinema, and he got his start making short films, notably L'Amour Existe (1961), which won a prize at the Venice Festival.After spending much of the '60s working in French television, Pialat made his feature-film debut in 1968 with L'Enfance Nue (Naked Childhood), a cinema verité-style drama utilizing nonprofessional actors. A study in New Wave realism that was relentless in its focus on the unglamorous realities of life, the film won Pialat international acclaim. His subsequent work continued in the realist vein, with very rare excursions into the genre realm (Police [1985], Sous le Soleil du Satan [1987]). Some of Pialat's more notable films include Loulou (1980), a study of middle-class ennui and the liberating benefits of hooliganism; À Nos Amours (1983), which focused on the emotionally problematic life of a promiscuous teenager (Sandrine Bonnaire); Under the Sun of Satan (1987), a religious moral drama that won the Palme d'Or at Cannes; and Van Gogh (1991), a nearly three-hour look at the last year of the painter's life. A frequent collaborator with actors Gerard Depardieu and Sandrine Bonnaire, Pialat also worked as an actor in both his films and those of other directors.

Highest Rated Movies



93% Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Mouth Agape (La gueule ouverte) Director 2003
No Score Yet Le Garcu Screenwriter Director 1995
67% Van Gogh Director 1992
100% Under the Sun of Satan (Sous le soleil de Satan) (Under Satan's Sun) Menou-Segrais Screenwriter Director 1987
No Score Yet Police Director Screenwriter 1985
88% À nos amours (To Our Loves) (Suzanne) Director Actor 1983
100% Loulou Director 1980
No Score Yet Graduate First (Passe ton bac d'abord) Screenwriter Director 1978
80% My Little Loves (Mes Petites Amoureuses) Client 1974
100% Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (We Won't Grow Old Together) Director 1972
No Score Yet La Maison Des Bois Director 1971
88% This Man Must Die (Que la bête meure) Police Inspector 1970
No Score Yet L'amour existe Director 1960


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