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Olivier Assayas

Highest Rated:   95% 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 YEAR
65% Personal Shopper
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2017
95% Hitchcock/Truffaut
  • Actor
2015
89% Clouds of Sils Maria
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2015
No Score Yet Eldorado
  • Director
2014
82% Something in the Air
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet L'unique
  • Screenwriter
2013
94% Carlos
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2010
No Score Yet L'enfant de l'hiver (Winter's Child)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2010
93% L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours)
  • Screenwriter
2009
No Score Yet Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient
  • Actor
2008
30% Boarding Gate
  • Director
2008
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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
2003
No Score Yet Sentimental Destinies (les Destinees)
  • Screenwriter
2002
61% Les Destinees
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2002
82% Late August, Early September
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1999
No Score Yet HHH: Portrait Of Hsiao-hsien
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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

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