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Born: December 6, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Switzerland Profession: director, screenwriter, cargo ship clerk

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Alain Tanner, with his portraits of life among Geneva's marginal and harmless rebels, can easily be considered the director who introduced American audiences to the fact that it is not only bankers and diplomats who live in Geneva. Influenced by his involvement with the British Free Cinema movement in London in the early 1960s and with the French New Wave during his Paris years, Tanner's films, often co-scripted with the English art critic John Berger, combine a cinema-verite documentary style and with fable-like story telling. A gentle, idiosyncratic anarchy, tinged with irony, suffuses both "La Salamandre" (1971) and "Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000" (1976). His later films, however, have been darker, and in the case of "No Man's Land" (1985), the whimsical optimism of the late 70s has been totally reversed.

Alain Tanner, with his portraits of life among Geneva's marginal and harmless rebels, can easily be considered the director who introduced American audiences to the fact that it is not only bankers and diplomats who live in Geneva. Influenced by his involvement with the British Free Cinema movement in London in the early 1960s and with the French New Wave during his Paris years, Tanner's films, often co-scripted with the English art critic John Berger, combine a cinema-verite documentary style and with fable-like story telling. A gentle, idiosyncratic anarchy, tinged with irony, suffuses both "La Salamandre" (1971) and "Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000" (1976). His later films, however, have been darker, and in the case of "No Man's Land" (1985), the whimsical optimism of the late 70s has been totally reversed.

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  Requiem (1998) Director
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  Les Hommes du Port (1996) Director
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  Fourbi (1996) Director
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  Messidor (1996) Director
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  Diary of Lady M, The (1993) Director
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  Femme de Rose Hill, La (1989) Director
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  Vallee fantome, La (1987) Director

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 Les Hommes du Port (1996) Narration
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1951:
Formed university cine club, Geneva
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Worked for shipping company in Geneva one year
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Worked on cargo ship as clerk
1955:
Moved to London with Claude Goretta; both worked in department store; both found jobs with British Film Institute (Tanner in information department)
1957:
Co-directed first short, "Nice Time" (with Goretta)
1957:
Worked as assistant producer with BBC's television service for which he made 6 documentaries
1958:
Left London, moved to Paris (date approximate)
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Returned to Switzerland and joined SSR, national TV service where he made 40 documentaries
1968:
Formed Groupe Cinq, Swiss filmmakers' collective (with John Berger, Claude Goretta, Michel Soutter and Jean-Louis Roy)
1969:
Directed first feature film, "Charles Dead or Alive/Charles mort ou vif"
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Education

Calvin College: -

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