Suzanne Schiffman


Director, Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
Paris, FR
Born
September 27, 1929
Died
June 06, 2001
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Former continuity supervisor for Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut who eventually became the latter's assistant director and co-scenarist. (1987). The Nathalie Baye character in Truffaut's "Day for Night" (1973)--which earned Schiffman an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay--is a recognizable fictional version of herself. Schiffman has also contributed to the screenplays of...

Family & Companions

Philip Schiffman
Husband
Painter. Died c. 1999.

Biography

Former continuity supervisor for Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut who eventually became the latter's assistant director and co-scenarist. (1987). The Nathalie Baye character in Truffaut's "Day for Night" (1973)--which earned Schiffman an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay--is a recognizable fictional version of herself. Schiffman has also contributed to the screenplays of several films directed by Jacques Rivette and made her own directorial debut with the coolly assured medieval saga, "Sorceress" (1987).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Femme de papier (1989)
Director
Le Moine et la sorciere (1987)
Director
Out 1: Noli Me Tangere (1971)
Director
The Wild Child (1970)
Assistant Director

Assistant Direction (Feature Film)

Beyond the Clouds (1995)
1st Assistant Director
Love on the Ground (1984)
Assistant Director
Confidentially Yours (1983)
Assistant Director
The Woman Next Door (1981)
Assistant Director
The Last Metro (1980)
Assistant Director
Love on the Run (1979)
Assistant Director
The Green Room (1978)
Assistant Director
The Man Who Loved Women (1977)
Assistant Director
The Story of Adele H (1975)
Assistant Director
Day for Night (1973)
Assistant Director
Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me (1972)
Assistant Director
Two English Girls (1971)
Assistant Director
Bed & Board (1970)
Assistant Director

Writer (Feature Film)

When the Stars Meet The Sea (1996)
Screenwriter
Corps Perdus (1989)
Screenwriter
Femme de papier (1989)
Screenplay
Le Moine et la sorciere (1987)
Dialogue
Le Moine et la sorciere (1987)
Adaptation
Le Moine et la sorciere (1987)
Screenwriter
Hurlevent (1985)
Screenplay
Rouge Gorge (1985)
Screenwriter
Love on the Ground (1984)
Screenwriter
Confidentially Yours (1983)
Screenplay
Merry Go Round (1983)
Screenwriter
The Woman Next Door (1981)
Screenplay
Le Pont du Nord (1981)
Screenplay
The Last Metro (1980)
Writer (Dialogue)
The Last Metro (1980)
Screenplay
Love on the Run (1979)
Screenplay
The Man Who Loved Women (1977)
Screenplay
Small Change (1976)
Screenplay
The Story of Adele H (1975)
Screenplay
Pleure pas la bouche pleine (1973)
Screenwriter
Day for Night (1973)
Screenplay
Out 1: Noli Me Tangere (1971)
Screenplay

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Mississippi Mermaid (1970)
Screenplay girl
Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1970)
Screenplay girl
Stolen Kisses (1969)
Screenplay girl
Les Gauloises Bleues (1969)
Screenplay girl
Le petit soldat (1967)
Screenplay girl
The Sailor From Gibraltar (1967)
Cont
The Married Woman (1965)
Screenplay girl
The Soft Skin (1964)
Screenplay girl
Contempt (1964)
Screenplay girl
A Woman Is a Woman (1964)
Screenplay girl
My Life To Live (1963)
Screenplay girl
Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
Screenplay girl

Life Events

1960

"Script girl" for Jean-Luc Godard

1960

Began association with Francois Truffaut (as "script girl") on "Shoot the Piano Player"

1969

Directorial assistant (to Truffaut) "The Wild Child"

1973

Co-writer on Truffaut's "Day for Night"

1987

Directorial debut with "Sorceress"

Videos

Movie Clip

Last Metro, The (1980) - You Were My First Choice Actor Bernard (Gerard Depardieu) first eavesdropping then with manager Pottins (Jean Poiret) then theater owner Marion (Catherine Deneuve), seeking work in occupied Paris, in Francois Truffaut's The Last Metro, 1980.
Last Metro, The (1980) - My Brother In Law Is A Jew Actor and resistance supporter Bernard (Gerard Depardieu) watches as his boss Marion (Catherine Deneuve) slips away, visiting her Jewish husband Lucas (Heinz Bennent), hiding out in Nazi-occupied Paris, in Francois Truffaut's The Last Metro, 1980.
Last Metro, The (1980) - Paris, September 1942 Opening sequence narrated by the director, and first scene introducing Gerard Depardieu as actor "Bernard Granger," from Francois Truffaut's international hit The Last Metro, 1980, also starring Catherine Deneuve.
Day For Night (1973) - Meet Pamela A famous Francois Truffaut opening, with Truffaut playing the director of the movie which is the basis for the story, Jean-Pierre Aumont and Jean-Pierre Lead his male leads, playing father and son, young Nathalie Baye and Dani on the crew, Jean Champion the producer, in Day For Night, 1973.
Day For Night (1973) - She Must Be Fine Now Nathalie Baye and Dani as crew members Joelle and Odile, Walter Bal the cameraman, director Francois Truffaut playing director Ferrand, Jacqueline Bisset as actress Julie, dominating without appearing, Bernard Menez the prop man, and Jean-Pierre Leaud as actor Alphonse, in Day For Night, 1973.
Day For Night (1973) - The Way I Do With Fellini Valentina Cortese, in an Academy Award-nominated performance as tipsy French actress Severine, struggles in her first scene with director Francois Truffaut, playing movie director Ferrand, Jean-Pierre Aumont as actor Alexandre, her one-time lover, playing her husband in Day For Night, 1973.
Day For Night (1973) - Why Can't The Secretary Be Pregnant? Francois Truffaut directs himself as director Ferrand, dealing with a casting crisis with his producer (Jean Bertrand), a contribution from composer Georges Delerue, a cavalcade of tributes to Truffaut’s idols and friends, and Jacqueline Bisset arriving as Julie, the star, in Day For Night, 1973.
Confidentially Yours (1983) - Don't Be So Nasty The opening of Francois Truffaut's final feature, Jean-Louis Tringtignant in a duck blind, and Fanny Ardant, Truffaut's companion at the time, as his secretary, headed to work in a generic French city, from Confidentially Yours, 1983.
Confidentially Yours (1983) - I Know All About Jealousy Realtor Vercel (Jean-Louis Trintignant) has just told the cops he knows nothing of a shooting we saw him commit, when he takes a call, then we join Barbara (Fanny Ardant), the secretary he just fired, rehearsing Victor Hugo's "King Fun," in Francois Truffaut's Confidentially Yours, 1983.
Confidentially Yours (1983) - She's Already Dead Vercel (Jean-Louis Trintignant), already suspected of one killing, grabs Barbara (Fanny Ardant), the secretary he just fired, at her rehearsal, panicked because of what he found in a scene director Francois Truffaut now re-plays, this time adding another murder, in Confidentially Yours, 1983.
Such A Gorgeous Kid Like Me (1972) - That Kleeno Dame In his second interview session with convict Camille (Bernadette LaFont), sociologist Previn (Andre Dussollier) learns of her history with mother-in-law Isobel (Gilberte Geniat) and husband Clovis (Philippe Leotard), in Such A Gorgeous Kid Like Me, 1972, from a novel by Henry Farrell.
Love On The Run (1979) - Like An Old Maid After credits over a tasteful bedroom romp, Jean-Pierre Leaud as Antoine Doinel, waking with his latest girl Sabine (Dorothee, a well-known French TV hostess), in the final film in Francois Truffaut's series based on the character from The Four Hundred Blows, Love On The Run, 1979.

Family

Matthieu Schiffman
Son
Cinematographer.
Guillaume Schiffman
Son
Assistant director.

Companions

Philip Schiffman
Husband
Painter. Died c. 1999.

Bibliography