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Olivier Assayas

Highest Rated:   96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)
Lowest Rated:   30% Boarding Gate (2008)
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Birthplace:   Paris, France
In the '90s Olivier Assayas emerged as one of the key figures in the new generation of French filmmakers. As a former critic for Cahiers du Cinema and a die-hard cinephile, he makes his films both personal and referential to the works of directors that he adores. His father was a director/screenwriter in the 1940s who later worked mainly for TV. When it was increasingly difficult for him to work because of a health condition, Olivier started to help him, first merely as a secretary, and then ghostwriting a few screenplays for the Maigret TV series. In the late 1970s he joined the team of influential film magazine Cahiers du Cinema, that once launched the French New Wave. While working for Cahiers he wrote essays on his favorite European filmmakers, Robert Bresson, Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, and published extensive studies on American horror films and Hong Kong Cinema (the latter came out long before Hong Kong cinema became fashionable with Western filmgoers and critics). He collaborated on screenplays of two André Téchiné films, Rendez-Vous and Le Lieu du Crime, and directed a few shorts before making his feature debut in 1986 with Desordre. Though his films enjoyed considerable critical acclaim in France and at international film festivals, his name was virtually unknown in English-speaking countries until the release of his 1996 film Irma Vep, a loving tribute both to Louis Feuillade and Hong Kong cinema. Still faithful to his critical roots, he later directed a documentary on Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
79% Personal Shopper
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$1.3M 2017
96% Hitchcock/Truffaut
  • Actor
$0.4M 2015
89% Clouds of Sils Maria
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2015
No Score Yet Eldorado
  • Director
2014
82% Something in the Air
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet L'unique
  • Screenwriter
2013
94% Carlos
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$0.1M 2010
No Score Yet L'enfant de l'hiver (Winter's Child)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2010
93% L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours)
  • Screenwriter
$1.6M 2009
No Score Yet Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient
  • Actor
2008
30% Boarding Gate
  • Director
2008
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$4.9M 2007
No Score Yet Noise
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Carlos The Jackal
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2006
72% Clean
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2005
49% Demonlover
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$39.8k 2003
61% Les Destinees
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2002
82% Late August, Early September
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1999
No Score Yet HHH: Portrait Of Hsiao-hsien
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1997
91% Irma Vep
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet François Truffaut: Portraits volés (François Truffaut: Stolen Portraits)
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet L'eau froide (Cold Water)
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Paris s'éveille
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1991
No Score Yet Rendez-Vous
  • Screenwriter
1987
No Score Yet Désordre (Disorder)
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Le Lieu du crime (Scene of the Crime)
  • Screenwriter
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017

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