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Also Known As: Claude Barruck Joseph Lelouch Died:
Born: October 30, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: director, screenwriter, producer

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This French director emerged in the 1960s, scoring a popular international success with the romantic melodrama, "A Man and a Woman" (1966). Despite an early reputation as an "outsider" who combined social criticism with a flashy visual technique, Lelouch rapidly became assimilated into the mainstream of commercial French cinema, remaining prolific throughout three decades and often producing the films of other directors.Lelouch had spent the earliest years of his childhood hiding from the Nazis alongside his mother. They were captured and sent to the Dachau concentration camp three months before the end of World War II. Both mother and son were liberated and returned to Paris, where they were reunited with Lelouch's father. Lelouch was an indifferent student and he failed his entrance exams into higher education. He father agreed to finance his cinematic dreams as long as the result showed promise. Traveling with his father, Lelouch made several amateur documentaries, leading to "Le Mal du siecle" (1954), a parody of war as seen through the games at a fair, that won the amateur film division of the Cannes Film Festival.After making short films while serving in the military, Lelouch established Les...

This French director emerged in the 1960s, scoring a popular international success with the romantic melodrama, "A Man and a Woman" (1966). Despite an early reputation as an "outsider" who combined social criticism with a flashy visual technique, Lelouch rapidly became assimilated into the mainstream of commercial French cinema, remaining prolific throughout three decades and often producing the films of other directors.

Lelouch had spent the earliest years of his childhood hiding from the Nazis alongside his mother. They were captured and sent to the Dachau concentration camp three months before the end of World War II. Both mother and son were liberated and returned to Paris, where they were reunited with Lelouch's father. Lelouch was an indifferent student and he failed his entrance exams into higher education. He father agreed to finance his cinematic dreams as long as the result showed promise. Traveling with his father, Lelouch made several amateur documentaries, leading to "Le Mal du siecle" (1954), a parody of war as seen through the games at a fair, that won the amateur film division of the Cannes Film Festival.

After making short films while serving in the military, Lelouch established Les Films 13, a production company, and produced, co-wrote, directed and appeared in his first feature "Le Propre de l'homme" (1960). It was a disastrous debut and he spent the next two years making backdrop short films for juke boxes (to run while music was playing) in order to pay off his debts. By 1963, Lelouch was back making films, and in 1966, he won international acclaim with "Un Homme et une femme/A Man and a Woman", which starred Anouk Aimee and Jean-Paul Belmondo as recently widowed people who find each other and love, only to have it all slip away when the woman cannot fully bury her deceased husband. Lelouch won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his work (almost unheard of for a foreign-language film) and landed a ten picture distribution deal with United Artists as well. His subsequent work has never again achieved the international notice of "Un Homme et une femme", but he has been applauded for the spontaneity of his work and the freedom of movement of his style. Lelouch has often operated the camera himself and pioneered the use of compact, light equipment. His films have run the gamut from the well-received "La Bonne annee" (1973), in which a jewel thief and an antique dealer romance, to the disastrous "Another Man, Another Chance" (1977), which starred James Caan and Genevieve Bujold in a story of the romance of an American and a French widow in the Old West. Lelouch reunited Aimee and Belmondo in 1986 in "Un Homme et une femme: Vingt ans deja/A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later", in which the star-crossed lovers, she now a producer, he now a director, meet again. In 1995, Warner Bros. distributed Lelouch's "Les Miserables", which moved the setting of the Victor Hugo classic to World War II, and starred Belmondo. While it failed to spark at the box office, it received favorable critical notice and earned a Golden Globe Award as Best Foreign Film.

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  Une pour toutes (2000) Director
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  Hasards ou coincidences (1998) Director

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 Words In Progress (2004) Himself
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 Happy New Year (1987)
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 Confidences pour confidences (1978) Metteur En Scene
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1954:
Short film, "Mal du siecle" won first prize in the amateur division of the Cannes Film Festival
1957:
Spent army service making short films
1960:
Directed first feature (also produced, wrote and starred in), "Le Propre de l'homme"
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Made more than 100 short films to be shown as a backdrop in juke boxes
1963:
Revived company, Les Films 13
1966:
Scored international success with "An Homme et une femme/A Man and a Woman"
1967:
Entered into 10-film distribution deal with United Artists (UA)
1973:
Achieved solid international success with "Le Bonne annee"
1977:
Made the disastrous English-language "Another Man, Another Chance"
1986:
Reprised characters in "Un Homme et une femme vingt ans deja/A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later"
1995:
Directed "Les Miserables"
1998:
Wrote and directed, "Une pour toutes"
2002:
Helmed "And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen..." starring Jeremy Irons
2008:
Directed "Roman de gare" starring Dominique Pinon
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Education

College Sainte-Barbe: - 1953

Notes

Lelouch on Lelouch: "I'm a man of the left living in a capitalist context. [My life] is a series of improvisations day to day. I've arrived at a position where I stand in awe neither of criticism nor the critics. Everything had been said about me. Good and bad. So now I can say anything I want ... I don't make a film in order to be loved, but so that people will come and see it."

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wife:
Janine Magnan. Actor.
wife:
Christine Cochet. Model; actor. Married 1968-72; appeared in Lelouch's "Le voyou".
companion:
Evelyne Bouix. Had daughter, Salome, together.
wife:
Sophie-Marie Pochet. Married 1986.
wife:
Alessandra Martines. Actor; former ballet dancer. Italian; married October 30, 1995.
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father:
Simon Lelouch. Textile manufacturer.
mother:
Eugenie Abeilard Lelouch.

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