Biography

Claude Autant-Lara was a French film director and later Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

Born at Luzarches in Val-d'Oise, Autant-Lara was educated in France and at London's Mill Hill School during his mother's exile as a pacifist. Early in his career, he worked as an art director and costume designer, his best-known work in this vein was possibly for Nana (1926), a silent film directed by Jean Renoir. Autant-Lara also acted in the film.

As a director, he frequently created provocative movies, saying "if a film does not have venom, it is worthless". In the 1960s, he turned his back on the New Wave movement, and from then on he had no popular successes.

On 18 June 1989, he came to public notice again, controversially, when he was elected to the European Parliament as a member of the National Front and the oldest member of the assembly. In his maiden speech, in July 1989, he caused a scandal by expressing his "concerns about the American cultural threat", provoking a walkout by the majority of the deputies.

In an interview granted to the monthly magazine Globe in September 1989, he accused ex-President of the European Parliament and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil of playing "ethnic politics" to try and "infiltrate and dominate", saying that "If they try to speak to me about genocide, I say they missed mother Veil!" He also described Nazi gas chambers as a "string of lies". The resulting scandal led to his resignation as European deputy. Moreover, the members of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, of which he was a vice-president for life, voted to prohibit him from taking his seat thenceforth.

His memoir, The Rage in the Heart, appeared in 1984. He died at Antibes in Alpes-Maritimes in 2000.

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Claude Autant-Lara was a French film director and later Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

Born at Luzarches in Val-d'Oise, Autant-Lara was educated in France and at London's Mill Hill School during his mother's exile as a pacifist. Early in his career, he worked as an art director and costume designer, his best-known work in this vein was possibly for Nana (1926), a silent film directed by Jean Renoir. Autant-Lara also acted in the film.

As a director, he frequently created provocative movies, saying "if a film does not have venom, it is worthless". In the 1960s, he turned his back on the New Wave movement, and from then on he had no popular successes.

On 18 June 1989, he came to public notice again, controversially, when he was elected to the European Parliament as a member of the National Front and the oldest member of the assembly. In his maiden speech, in July 1989, he caused a scandal by expressing his "concerns about the American cultural threat", provoking a walkout by the majority of the deputies.

In an interview granted to the monthly magazine Globe in September 1989, he accused ex-President of the European Parliament and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil of playing "ethnic politics" to try and "infiltrate and dominate", saying that "If they try to speak to me about genocide, I say they missed mother Veil!" He also described Nazi gas chambers as a "string of lies". The resulting scandal led to his resignation as European deputy. Moreover, the members of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, of which he was a vice-president for life, voted to prohibit him from taking his seat thenceforth.

His memoir, The Rage in the Heart, appeared in 1984. He died at Antibes in Alpes-Maritimes in 2000.

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Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 47

Birthday 1901-08-05

Day of Death 2000-02-05

Place of Birth Luzarches, Val-d'Oise, France

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1977 Gloria Director
1969 Les Patates Director
1968 Le Franciscain de Bourges Director
1967 The Oldest Profession Director
1966 Une femme en blanc se révolte Director
1965 A Woman in White Director
1965 Black Humor Director
1963 Le magot de Josefa Director
1963 Enough Rope Director
1961 The Count of Monte Cristo Director
1961 Thou Shall Not Kill Director
1961 Le comte de Monte-Cristo (1ère époque) : La Trahison Director
1961 Le comte de Monte-Cristo (2ème époque) : La Vengeance Director
1961 Vive Henri IV... vive l'amour! Director
1960 Le bois des amants Director
1960 The Regattas of San Francisco Director
1959 The Green Mare Director
1958 Le Joueur Director
1958 Love Is My Profession Director
1956 Four Bags Full Director
1955 Marguerite of the Night Director
1954 Le Rouge et le Noir Director
1954 The Game of Love Director
1953 Le bon Dieu sans confession Director
1952 The Seven Deadly Sins Director
1951 The Red Inn Director
1949 Keep an Eye on Amelia Director
1947 Devil in the Flesh Director
1946 Sylvia and the Ghost Director
1943 Douce Director
1942 Love Letters Director
1942 The Marriage of Chiffon Director
1939 The Mysterious Mr. Davis Director
1939 Fric-Frac Director
1938 The Stream Director
1937 L'affaire du courrier de Lyon Director
1933 Ciboulette Director
1932 Le plombier amoureux Director
1932 L'athlète incomplet Director
1929 Boul se met au vert Director
1928 To Build a Fire Director
1924 At 3:25 Assistant Director
1923 News Item Director

Acting

1980 My Name Is Anna Magnani
1956 Cinépanorama (52 episodes)
1926 Nana as Fauchery (as Claude Moore)
1920 The Man of the Sea

Writing

1969 Les Patates Writer
1967 The Oldest Profession Writer
1954 Le Rouge et le Noir Writer
1951 The Red Inn Screenplay

Costume & Make-Up

1943 Douce Costume Design
1942 The Marriage of Chiffon Costume Design
1926 Nana Costume Design

Production

1939 The Mysterious Mr. Davis Producer

Art

1926 Nana Art Direction

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