Claude Miller


Director, Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
Claude Miler
Birth Place
Paris, FR
Born
February 20, 1942
Died
April 04, 2012
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Claude Miller began his film career supporting the leading lights of the "Nouvelle Vague" (New Wave). He also acted in the Jean-Luc Godard classic "Two or Three Things I Know About Her" (1967), served as the assistant director on "Weekend" (1967), and in the late 1960s and early 1970s, worked as production manager on a string of Francois Truffaut-directed works, starting with "Stolen Kis...

Family & Companions

Annie Miller
Wife
Screenwriter.

Biography

Claude Miller began his film career supporting the leading lights of the "Nouvelle Vague" (New Wave). He also acted in the Jean-Luc Godard classic "Two or Three Things I Know About Her" (1967), served as the assistant director on "Weekend" (1967), and in the late 1960s and early 1970s, worked as production manager on a string of Francois Truffaut-directed works, starting with "Stolen Kisses" (1968) and including "La Nuit Americaine" ("Day for Night") (1973) and "L'Historie d'Adele H." ("The Story of Adele H.") (1975). In the meantime, Miller was directing his first full-length fiction film "La Meilleure facon de marcher" ("The Best Way to Walk") (1975). In the years following, Miller scripted several films - two directed by Luc Berand - and continued to write and direct his own dialogue-driven works. These included "Dites-lui que je l'aime" (1977), about a man who builds a dream house for a married woman he cannot have while being pursued by a woman he does not want; "Garde a vue" ("The Inquisitor") (1981), a nuanced thriller adapted from an English mystery novel; and "L'Effrontee" ("An Impudent Girl") (1985), a plumbing of the irascibility and jealousies of adolescence. The film featured music, the pangs of pre-adulthood, and a very young Charlotte Gainsbourg, an actress he would direct again in "La Petite voleuse" ("The Little Thief") (1988). Both films were impacted by Francois Truffaut in their fascination with erupting youth and the constant use of close-ups, underlining formally the importance of dialogue and individual performance in Miller's work. "The Little Thief" stemmed from an unfulfilled Truffaut project, and like 1992's "The Accompanist," circulated around the theme of thwarted youth yet again. In "The Accompanist," Romane Bohringer was cast as a meek pianist whose initial ecstasy at playing for a famous singer ends up exploding into an intense envy. Miller also co-wrote and directed "The Smile" (1993) and was among the directors contributing to "Les Enfants de lumiere" ("The Children of Light") (1995) and "Lumiere & Company" (1995) before writing and directing "La classe de neige" ("The School Trip"), which shared the 1998 Cannes Jury Prize. The director passed away after a long illness on April 4, 2012 at age 70.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Thérèse Desqueyroux (2013)
Director
I'm Glad that My Mother is Alive (2009)
Director
Marching Band (2009)
Director
A Secret (2007)
Director
Le Petite Lili (2004)
Director
Alias Betty (2001)
Director
La Chambre des magiciennes (2000)
Director
Class Trip (1998)
Director
Lumiere Et Compagnie (1996)
Director
Les Enfants de Lumiere (1995)
Director
The Smile (1994)
Director
The Accompanist (1993)
Director
The Little Thief (1989)
Director
L' Effrontee (1986)
Director
Mortelle Randonnee (1982)
Director
Garde a Vue (1981)
Director
The Best Way (1980)
Director
Tell Him I Love Him (1977)
Director
La Meilleure facon de marcher (1975)
Director
Camille ou la comedie catastrophique (1971)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits (1993)
Himself
Notes pour Debussy (1988)
La Tortue sur le dos (1978)
Pierre

Writer (Feature Film)

Thérèse Desqueyroux (2013)
Screenplay
I'm Glad that My Mother is Alive (2009)
Screenplay
A Secret (2007)
Screenplay
Le Petite Lili (2004)
Screenplay
Alias Betty (2001)
Screenplay
Under Suspicion (2000)
From Story
La Chambre des magiciennes (2000)
Screenwriter
Class Trip (1998)
Screenplay
The Smile (1994)
Screenplay
The Accompanist (1993)
Screenplay
The Little Thief (1989)
Screenplay
Vent de panique (1987)
Screenwriter
L' Effrontee (1986)
Writer (Dialogue)
L' Effrontee (1986)
Screenplay
Plein Sud (1984)
Screenwriter
Garde a Vue (1981)
Screenplay
The Best Way (1980)
Screenwriter
The Best Way (1980)
From Story
La Tortue sur le dos (1978)
Screenwriter
La Tortue sur le dos (1978)
Dialogue
Tell Him I Love Him (1977)
Writer (Dialogue)
Tell Him I Love Him (1977)
Screenplay
La Meilleure facon de marcher (1975)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

The Smile (1994)
Co-Executive Producer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

The Story of Adele H (1975)
Production Manager
Day for Night (1973)
Production Manager
Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me (1972)
Production Manager
Two English Girls (1971)
Production Manager
Bed & Board (1970)
Production Manager

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits (1993)
Other

Life Events

1967

Feature acting debut, "Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'elle/Two or Three things I know about her"

1967

Debut as assistant director, "Weekend"

1968

First time as feature production manager, "Stolen Kisses"

1971

Directed short film, "Camille ou la comedie catastrophique"

1974

Directed six-part documentary for French TV called "Traits de Memoire"

1975

Feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "La Meilleure Facon de Marcher/The Best Way to Walk"

1981

Helmed what is considered one of his best features, the thriller "Garde a vue/The Inquisitor"

1988

Took over and completed "La Petite Voleuse" on death of Francois Truffaut

1992

Directed and co-wrote "The Accompanist"

1993

Helmed "The Smile/La Sourire"

1998

Directed and scripted "The School Trip/La Class de neige"

1999

Wrote and directed "La Chambre des magiciennes/Of Women and Magic"

2001

Made "L'Histoire de Betty Fisher"

2003

Directed Ludivine Sagnier in "La Petite Lili"

Companions

Annie Miller
Wife
Screenwriter.

Bibliography