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René Clément

Highest Rated:   100% Purple Noon (Plein soleil) (1961)
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Birthplace:   Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France
While an architecture student at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Rene Clement painstakingly assembled the animated film Cesar les Galous. He made his live-action directorial debut in collaboration with Jacques Tati with the 1936 short Soigne ton Gauche. Clement spent the latter half of the 1930s filming documentaries in the French territories of Africa and Arabia. In 1937, he and archaeologist Jules Barthou were in Yemen preparing for the documentary short L'Arabie Interdite when they were captured, jailed and given death sentences. The two were freed and Clement returned to France with the film. In 1946, Clement acted as technical consultant on Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast (1946); this enabled him to finally direct a feature film on his own, the highly regarded "French resistance" melodrama La Bataille du rail, which blended the verisimilitude of Clement's documentaries with the story-telling skills he'd gleaned from Cocteau. Though he'd begun his career with a cartoon and gained his postwar reputation by toiling on a Cocteau fantasy, Clement emerged as one of the postwar era's staunchest advocates of Neo-Realism. He also became fascinated with the challenge of filming under near-impossible conditions; witness his Les Maudits, a submarine drama lensed within a genuine (and none too spacious) sub. Rene Clement's masterpiece was Forbidden Games, a haunting tale of war's carnage told from a child's point of view. The film was honored with multiple industry awards, including the American Oscar. Almost as unforgettable was Gervaise (1956), an ultra-realistic Emile Zola adaptation starring Monica Vitti. Clement was known as a superb craftsman and often took his sweet time making films, but despite the time and effort expended, his subsequent output was of decidedly uneven quality. With the exception of Plein Soleil/Purple Noon (1960), the film that made Alain Delon an international star, and Le Passager de la Pluie/Rider on the Rain (1970), one of the few films to show the gentler side of Charles Bronson, Clement's films were generally poorly received at international box-offices. One of his more famous failures was the big-budgeted Is Paris Burning?, an international co-production featuring a script by Coppola and an all-star cast that fell far short of its concept. Clement made his final film, Le Baby-Sitter in 1975. Within a decade, Clement was nearly forgotten. Nearly, but not quite, for in 1984, he was awarded a special Cesar to honor a lifetime of achievement.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Le château de verre (The Glass Castle)
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Le père tranquille (Mr. Orchid)
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet La baby sitter (Scar Tissue)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Monsieur Ripois (Lovers, Happy Lovers!)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2011
No Score Yet Riders On The Rain
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Wanted - Babysitter
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet And Hope to Die
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet La maison sous les arbres (The Deadly Trap)
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Rider on the Rain
  • Director
1970
80% Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?)
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet Les Felins
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Joy House (Les Félins)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet The Day and the Hour
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1963
100% Purple Noon (Plein soleil)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1961
No Score Yet Che Gioia Vivere
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1961
No Score Yet Quelle Joie De Vivre
  • Director
1961
No Score Yet Gervaise
  • Director
1956
100% Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet La Bataille du Rail (The Battle of the Rails)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Le Mura di Malapaga (The Walls of Malapaga) (Beyond the Gates)
  • Director
1949
100% The Damned (Les maudits)
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Bataille Du Rail
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Soigne ton gauche (Watch Your Left)
  • Director
1936

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