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René Clément (March 18, 1913, Bordeaux – March 17, 1996, Monte Carlo, Monaco) was a French film director and screenwriter. Clément studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he developed an interest in filmmaking. In 1936, he directed his first film, a 20 minute short written and featuring Jacques Tati. Clément spent the latter part of the 1930s making documentaries in parts of the Middle East and Africa. In 1937, he and archaeologist Jules Barthou were in Yemen making preparations to film a documentary, the first ever of that country and one that includes the only known film image of Imam Yahya. Almost ten years passed before Clément directed a feature but his French Resistance film, La Bataille du rail (1945), gained much critical and commercial success. From there René Clément became one of his country's most successful and respected directors, garnering numerous awards including two films that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the first in 1950 for The Walls of Malapaga (Au-delà des grilles) and the second time two years later for Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits). Clément had international success with several films but his star-studded 1966 epic Is Paris Burning?, written by Gore Vidal and Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Paul Graetz was a costly box office failure. Clément continued to make a few films until his retirement in 1975, including an international success with Rider On The Rain that starred Charles Bronson and Marlène Jobert. In 1984 the French motion picture industry honored his lifetime contribution to film with a special César Award. René Clément died in 1996 and was buried in the local cemetery in Menton on the French Riviera where he had spent his years in retirement.

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

René Clément (March 18, 1913, Bordeaux – March 17, 1996, Monte Carlo, Monaco) was a French film director and screenwriter. Clément studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he developed an interest in filmmaking. In 1936, he directed his first film, a 20 minute short written and featuring Jacques Tati. Clément spent the latter part of the 1930s making documentaries in parts of the Middle East and Africa. In 1937, he and archaeologist Jules Barthou were in Yemen making preparations to film a documentary, the first ever of that country and one that includes the only known film image of Imam Yahya. Almost ten years passed before Clément directed a feature but his French Resistance film, La Bataille du rail (1945), gained much critical and commercial success. From there René Clément became one of his country's most successful and respected directors, garnering numerous awards including two films that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the first in 1950 for The Walls of Malapaga (Au-delà des grilles) and the second time two years later for Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits). Clément had international success with several films but his star-studded 1966 epic Is Paris Burning?, written by Gore Vidal and Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Paul Graetz was a costly box office failure. Clément continued to make a few films until his retirement in 1975, including an international success with Rider On The Rain that starred Charles Bronson and Marlène Jobert. In 1984 the French motion picture industry honored his lifetime contribution to film with a special César Award. René Clément died in 1996 and was buried in the local cemetery in Menton on the French Riviera where he had spent his years in retirement.

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Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 22

Birthday 1913-03-18

Day of Death 1996-03-17

Place of Birth Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1975 The Baby Sitter Director
1972 And Hope to Die Director
1971 The Deadly Trap Director
1970 Rider on the Rain Director
1966 Is Paris Burning? Director
1964 Joy House Director
1963 The Day and the Hour Director
1961 The Joy of Living Director
1960 Purple Noon Director
1957 This Angry Age Director
1956 Gervaise Director
1954 Knave of Hearts Director
1952 Forbidden Games Director
1950 The Glass Castle Director
1949 The Walls of Malapaga Director
1947 The Damned Director
1946 Mr. Orchid Director
1946 The Battle of the Rails Director
1937 L'Arabie interdite Director
1936 Watch Your Left Director

Writing

1971 The Deadly Trap Adaptation
1964 Joy House Writer
1961 The Joy of Living Screenplay
1960 Purple Noon Screenplay
1957 This Angry Age Screenplay
1952 Forbidden Games Screenplay
1950 The Glass Castle Screenplay
1947 The Damned Adaptation
1946 The Battle of the Rails Screenplay

Acting

1964 Filmmaking on the Riviera as Himself
1960 Purple Noon as Le serveur maladroit (uncredited)
1956 Cinépanorama (52 episodes)

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