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Also Known As: Robert Frank Swaim Jr. Died:
Born: November 2, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Evanston, Illinois, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, actor

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The American-born Bob Swaim first established himself in France with several short films in the early 1970s, including the award-winning "Le Journal de M. Bonnafous" (1970) and "L'Autoportrait d'un pornographe/Self-Portrait of a Pornographer" (1971). Abandoning his graduate studies in anthropology, he turned to filmmaking and his most successful films have effectively been American-style crime movies shot in Parisian locales. Swaim made his feature directing debut with "La Nuit de Saint-Germain des Pres" (1977) and scored both critically and at the box-office with the terse, uncompromising crime thriller "La Balance" (1981). "Half-Moon Street" (1986) was a muddled effort that had Sigourney Weaver cast as call girl while "Masquerade" (1988) was an above average thriller marred somewhat by a miscast Rob Lowe in the lead. More recently, Swaim turned to family fare with the well-crafted "The Climb" (1997), about a young boy determined to reach the top of a radio tower, and the coming-of-age period piece "Through the Heart" (1998).

The American-born Bob Swaim first established himself in France with several short films in the early 1970s, including the award-winning "Le Journal de M. Bonnafous" (1970) and "L'Autoportrait d'un pornographe/Self-Portrait of a Pornographer" (1971). Abandoning his graduate studies in anthropology, he turned to filmmaking and his most successful films have effectively been American-style crime movies shot in Parisian locales. Swaim made his feature directing debut with "La Nuit de Saint-Germain des Pres" (1977) and scored both critically and at the box-office with the terse, uncompromising crime thriller "La Balance" (1981). "Half-Moon Street" (1986) was a muddled effort that had Sigourney Weaver cast as call girl while "Masquerade" (1988) was an above average thriller marred somewhat by a miscast Rob Lowe in the lead. More recently, Swaim turned to family fare with the well-crafted "The Climb" (1997), about a young boy determined to reach the top of a radio tower, and the coming-of-age period piece "Through the Heart" (1998).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Climb, The (1997) Director
2.
  Target Of Suspicion (1994) Director
3.
  Atlantide (1992) Director
4.
  Masquerade (1988) Director
5.
  Half Moon Street (1986) Director
6.
  Balance, La (1982) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ole! (2005)
2.
3.
 Target Of Suspicion (1994) Photographer
4.
 Visioni Privati (1990)
5.
 Spies Like Us (1985) Special Forces Commander
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Milestones close milestones

1970:
Made first short film, "Le Journal de M. Bonnafous"
1978:
Directed and co-wrote first feature, "La Nuit de St. Germain"
1985:
First film appearance, "Spies Like Us"
1988:
Directed the noirish "Masquerade"
1990:
Appeared in the Italian spoof of film festivals "Visioni Privati"
1997:
Helmed the family film "The Climb"
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Education

California State University, Northridge: Northridge , California - 1965
Ecole Nationale de Photographie et Cinematographie: - 1969

Notes

"La Balance" received the 1983 Cesar as Best Film.

Presented with the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1985

Family close complete family listing

father:
Robert Frank Swaim Sr.
mother:
Eleanor Swaim.
son:
Benjamin Lee Swaim.
son:
Christopher Thomas Swaim.
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