Biography

Alain Resnais (3 June 1922 – 1 March 2014) was a French film director and screenwriter whose career extended over more than six decades. After training as a film editor in the mid-1940s, he went on to direct a number of short films which included Night and Fog (1955), an influential documentary about the Nazi concentration camps.

Resnais began making feature films in the late 1950s and consolidated his early reputation with Hiroshima mon amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and Muriel (1963), all of which adopted unconventional narrative techniques to deal with themes of troubled memory and the imagined past. These films were contemporary with, and associated with, the French New Wave (la nouvelle vague), though Resnais did not regard himself as being fully part of that movement. He had closer links to the "Left Bank" group of authors and filmmakers who shared a commitment to modernism and an interest in left-wing politics. He also established a regular practice of working on his films in collaboration with writers previously unconnected with the cinema such as Jean Cayrol, Marguerite Duras, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jorge Semprún and Jacques Sternberg.

In later films, Resnais moved away from the overtly political topics of some previous works and developed his interests in an interaction between cinema and other cultural forms, including theatre, music, and comic books. This led to imaginative adaptations of plays by Alan Ayckbourn, Henri Bernstein and Jean Anouilh, as well as films featuring various kinds of popular song.

His films frequently explore the relationship between consciousness, memory, and the imagination, and he was noted for devising innovative formal structures for his narratives. Throughout his career, he won many awards from international film festivals and academies.

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Alain Resnais (3 June 1922 – 1 March 2014) was a French film director and screenwriter whose career extended over more than six decades. After training as a film editor in the mid-1940s, he went on to direct a number of short films which included Night and Fog (1955), an influential documentary about the Nazi concentration camps.

Resnais began making feature films in the late 1950s and consolidated his early reputation with Hiroshima mon amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and Muriel (1963), all of which adopted unconventional narrative techniques to deal with themes of troubled memory and the imagined past. These films were contemporary with, and associated with, the French New Wave (la nouvelle vague), though Resnais did not regard himself as being fully part of that movement. He had closer links to the "Left Bank" group of authors and filmmakers who shared a commitment to modernism and an interest in left-wing politics. He also established a regular practice of working on his films in collaboration with writers previously unconnected with the cinema such as Jean Cayrol, Marguerite Duras, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jorge Semprún and Jacques Sternberg.

In later films, Resnais moved away from the overtly political topics of some previous works and developed his interests in an interaction between cinema and other cultural forms, including theatre, music, and comic books. This led to imaginative adaptations of plays by Alan Ayckbourn, Henri Bernstein and Jean Anouilh, as well as films featuring various kinds of popular song.

His films frequently explore the relationship between consciousness, memory, and the imagination, and he was noted for devising innovative formal structures for his narratives. Throughout his career, he won many awards from international film festivals and academies.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Alain Resnais, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 37

Birthday 1922-06-03

Day of Death 2014-03-01

Place of Birth Vannes, Morbihan, Bretagne, France

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2014 Life of RileyDirector
2012 You Ain't Seen Nothin' YetDirector
2009 Wild GrassDirector
2006 Private Fears in Public PlacesDirector
2003 Not on the LipsDirector
1997 Same Old SongDirector
1993 Smoking / No SmokingDirector
1991 Lest We ForgetDirector
1989 I Want to Go HomeDirector
1986 MéloDirector
1984 Love Unto DeathDirector
1983 Life Is a Bed of RosesDirector
1980 My American UncleDirector
1977 ProvidenceDirector
1974 Stavisky...Director
1973 The Year 01Director
1968 Je T’aime, Je T’aimeDirector
1968 CinétractsDirector
1966 The War Is OverDirector
1963 Muriel, or the Time of ReturnDirector
1961 Last Year at MarienbadDirector
1959 Le chant du styrèneDirector
1959 Hiroshima Mon AmourDirector
1957 The Mystery of Workshop 15Director
1956 All the World's MemoryDirector
1955 Night and FogDirector
1953 Statues Also DieDirector
1951 PicturaDirector
1951 GuernicaDirector
1950 GauguinDirector
1948 Paris 1900Assistant Director
1948 Van GoghDirector
1947 Portrait de Christine BoumeesterDirector
1947 Visite à Oscar DominguezDirector

Editing

1959 Le chant du styrèneEditor
1958 Broadway by LightEditor
1956 All the World's MemoryEditor
1955 La Pointe-CourteEditor
1955 Night and FogEditor
1948 Paris 1900Editor

Writing

2012 You Ain't Seen Nothin' YetScreenplay
2009 Wild GrassWriter
2009 Wild GrassAdaptation
1986 MéloWriter
1947 Visite à Oscar DominguezWriter

Acting

1978 Grands Soirs et Petits Matins

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