Monday, August 6, 2007
Rene Clair (1898-1981)
Director of French film comedy. Clair studied filmmaking technique under director Jacques de Barnocelli. His first film was The Crazy Ray in 1924. Clair's subsequent films include The Italian Straw Hat (1927), the early talkie Under the Roofs of Paris (1930), Le Million (1931), A nous la liberte (1932), The Ghost Goes West (1935), and Break the News (1938).
His American films include The Flame of New Orleans (1941), I Married a Witch (1942), It Happened Tomorrow (1944), and And Then There Were None (1945). After the war Clair tackled more challenging subjects with less success: Man About Town (1947), Beauty and the Devil (1950), Beauties of the Night (1954), The Grand Maneuver (1956), and Love and the Frenchwoman (1961). His last film was Les Fates galantes (1965).
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