Biography of Claude Sautet (1924-2000)

Director of French cinema, born on February 23, 1924 in Montrouge and died in Paris on 22 July 2000.


Son of a bourgeois class, Sautet business man purchased, however, his cultural background at the school of decorative arts and as a music critic in Combat magazine. At the end of the Decade of the 1940s graduated from the Paris Institute of advanced studies film (IDHEC) and shortly after went on to produce and write for French television.

Although he/she did a first test with the camera with the short film called Nous n'irons plus au bois (1951), for a long time his name associated with the activity of screenwriter, facet in which collaborated with directors such as Jacques Deray, Maxl Max Ophüls and Jean-Paul Rappeneau. His first films were the faces of famous actors like Louis de Funès, Jean Paul Belmondo, Sylvia Koscina, Yves Montand and above all Romy Schneiderand his favorite actress. His first important title was the things of life (1969), based on the novel by Paul Guimard and history between two women, the version which starred in 1994 Richard Gere, Sharon Stone and Lolita Davidovich. His international recognition came soon after, when in 1979 when it was nominated for the Oscar for a simple histoire. In 1987 he/she got the George Beauregard Prize and the Grand Prize of the Festival in Florence by Quelques jours avec moi, another literary adaptation which counted with the participation of three famous French actors of the Decade: Sandrinne Bonnaire and Daniel Auteuil, Dominic Blanc.

His next film, a heart in winter, took to arrive. It was a quiet project, where he/she turned his love for music with the rhythm of Ravel, and it was a love story in the triangle, whose characters are so locked in its history that barely share your personality with the Viewer. But the portrait is already known in the Sautet film: a bourgeoisie settled in their own ingredients which, in addition, adds a dark premise: "there are people who are simply incapable of love". The film won the Grand Prize of the National Academy of cinema, the Méliès award, the FIPRESCI and the silver León at the Venice Festival, the latter two to the director.

Their next title was Nelly and Mr. Arnaud (1995), work which did not strengthen the intellectual and emotional relationship of Sautet with their characters. Emmanuelle Béart - one of his muses - played a young woman who is related to a sexagenarian. Once again showered Awards; Michel Serrault received the César for best actor, and Sautet for best director.

Although the director was based on the movements of camera to tell the story, he/she considered the dialogues as the really important of his works. In fact, he/she wrote his own screenplays, almost always on collaboration, to delve into the psychology of the characters, and use these to point to their own interests.



Short films:

1951: Nous n'irons plus au bois.

Feature films:

1955: Bonjour sourire. 1960: All risk. 1964: Weapons for the Caribbean (and screenplay). 1969: the things of life (and screenplay). 1971: Max and salvagers. 1972: She, I and... the other (and screenplay). 1974: three friends, their women... and others. 1976: Mado (and screenplay). 1978: A life of woman (and screenplay). 1980: A mauvais fils. 1983: Garcon. 1998: Quelques jours avec moi (and screenplay). 1992: A heart in winter (and screenplay). 1995: Nelly and Mr. Arnaud (and screenplay).


1958: The beast go loose. 1959: Eyes without a face (and Assistant). 1960: Classe tous risques. 1963: The scammer; Round of crimes. 1964: Maigret, terror of the underworld; Monsieur, all a Lord; Free Échappement; L' âge ingrat. 1965: Naive wife. 1966: The thief. 1967: The Empire of the scoundrels; Looting in the city. 1968: Love is a stranger. 1969: The Devil by the tail. 1970: Borsalino. 1971: Thanks and misfortunes of a married of year 2. 1994: Between two women.

Assistant of direction

1955: Le fils de Caroline Chéire; Bande it à papa. 1959: Les yeux sans visage.