Born in Paris, on October 30, 1937 French film director. Full name Barruck Claude Lelouch.
Son of an Algerian Jew, served as his first profession as a reporter before shooting some documentaries in the mid-1950s. Until a decade later not was introduced fully in the film. In 1960 he founded Les Films 13, a producer where he dedicated himself to create the so-called "scopiotones", musical shorts that paid True homage to musicals that had taken place in Hollywood over the decades of the 1940s and 1950s.
His first film, Le propre de l'homme (1960), was entirely a work of author: he produced, directed, wrote the screenplay and acted, and his work earned him already from the outset the international recognition. Some of the favourite themes of his following films had to do with the crime, sex and politics, and little by little, his films were becoming repetitive. The risks of love (1962), delves into the crime, subject matter that is going to accompany him on several titles, with a dramatic tension that has components of road-movie". Rifles (1964) girl pays a small homage to "gangsters" American films, but this time comedy is more present.
The end of the 1960's was very prolific for Lelouch. Live to live (1967) earned him a nomination to the Oscar as best foreign film in the same category won the Golden Globe. Two documentaries, both made in 1968, Loin du Vietnam and 13 jours en France, focus respectively on a complaint to the U.S. involvement in the war in Viet Nam, and in the presentation of the winter of that year Olympics. In 1969 made also doublet, juxtaposing the romance in Un homme qui me plaît and reflections of a convict sentenced to death in La vie, L'Amour, the mort.
But without a doubt, the most important film of this period, and by extension, of the career of the director, was a man and a woman (1966), a simple but smart love story starring Anouk Aimée and Jean Louis Trintignant, which meet the most shocking scenes almost without dialogue. The film was awarded two Oscar: best foreign film and best screenplay; Anouk Aimée and Claude Lelouch were also proposed to the Oscar. The impact of this story in the cinema of the time and the director's own career was such that, from then on, Lelouch was unable to end the film. Quelqu'un qui me plait or another man, another woman (1977) did more to pave the way for a man and a woman: second part (1986), which recovered the story, without much fortune, twenty years later.
After a man and a woman Lelouch returned to win the Oscar for best foreign film with Vivre pour vivre (1967), involving also the love and adultery in the argument. Criminal life returned with the rabble (1970), also starring by Jean Louis Trintignant, one of the fetish of the principal actors. Parodying the same environment directed L 'aventure c' est l'aventure (1972), whose cast appeared Jacques Brel precisely supporting an activist argument. Robberies, murders and blackmail were protagonists in several of his later titles: A Lady and a Knave (1973); Mouse, cat, love and fear (1975); Le bon et les méchants (1976) or À nous deux (1979).
During the first decade of the eighties, Lelouch tried his luck with different themes. One and others (1981), over half a century, the story focuses on several generations of lovers of music, from different cultures and nationalities. While the pace falters, the soundtrack of Francis Lai will saving the history. That irregularity in the interest was repeating in titles such as Edith and Marcel (1983), a musical drama that chronicles the love between Edith Piaf and Marcel Cardan Middleweight Champion; Long live the vie! (1984), a history a so surreal with including extraterrestrials and splitting, revenir (1985), a melodrama set during the French occupation in the second world war.
After disinterest irremediable from the second part of a man and a woman, just three or four titles escape stories already narrated by himself. Route d' an enfant gate (1988), co-produced by Jean Paul Belmondo (with who went back to work on a version of three hours of Les miserables, 1995, of Victor Hugo) proposes the adventure of a wealthy business man who one day decides to evade all their responsibilities by fleeing to Tanzania. One of their latest titles: Hommes, femmes, mode d'emploi (1996), nominated for the Oro León at the Venice Film Festival, seems to take your own romantic film with some irony.
As film director:(Lelouch is scriptwriter of all his films) 1960: Le propre de l'homme (also producer and actor). 1962: the risks of love (also photography and installation). 1963: La femme spectacle. 1964: The girl of the rifles. 1965: Les grands moments. 1966: A man and a woman (also Assembly, photography and production). 1967: live to live (also mount and photography). 1968: Loin du Vietnam (an episode); 13 Jours en France. 1969: love and infidelity; The vie, L'Amour, the mort (and photography). 1970: the canalla (and photography). 1971: Smic, smac, smoc (and photography). 1972: adventure is adventure (and camera operator). 1973: A Lady and a Knave (also production and photography); Visions of Eight (episode: "The Losers"). 1974: a lifetime; Mariage.1975: Mouse, cat, love and fear (and production); Le bon et les mechants.1976: if started again (and production). 1977: another man, another woman; Rendez vous; Türkiye. 1978: Robert et Robert (and production). 1979: À nous deux. 1981: the ones and the others (and production). 1983: Édith and Michel (and production). 1984: long live the vie! (y producción). 1985: splitting, Revenir (and production). 1986: A man and a woman: second part (and production). 1987: Attention, bandits! (and production). 1988: Itinéraire d' an enfant gate. 1990: Il and de jours... et des Monday. 1992: La belle histoire. 1993: All this... for this? (and production). 1995: Lumière and company; Les miserables (also production and photography). 1996: Hommes, femmes, mode d'emploi (and production). 1998: Hasards ou coincidences (and production)
As an actor: 1973: Far West. 1987: Happy New Year.
As a producer: 1968: Les Gauloises Bleues. 1971: Ca n 'Arrivé qu' aux autres. 1994: Le voleur et the menteuse.