Alain Cavalier

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Alain Cavalier

Alain Cavalier (born September 14, 1931 as Alain Fraissé in Vendôme , Loir-et-Cher ) is a French screenwriter and director .


After completing a history degree, Cavalier came to the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques , where he received a cinematic training and was assistant to Louis Malle ( Elevator to the Scaffold , The Lovers ) .

He made his first attempts as an assistant director in 1958 with the short film Un Américain . He then ventured into political issues with the two films Le combât dans l'île and L'Insoumis ; however, the films were censored as they dealt with the war in Algeria. Although there was no shortage of big names like Romy Schneider , Jean-Louis Trintignant or Alain Delon in his films , they did not advance him financially, so that he turned to more traditional subjects. He then celebrated his first successes with the films Mise à sac and the drama La Chamade (based on the novel of the same name by Françoise Sagan ).

Cavalier received several awards for his work, including the 1987 French César Film Prize in the Best Film category and the César for Best Director for his film Thérèse . His film Pater premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and once again earned him César nominations in the categories of Best Film and Best Director.

Alain Cavalier was married to Irène Tunc , a French actress and Miss France from 1954; she was killed in a traffic accident in 1972.

Filmography (selection)

Assistant director
  • 1957: Les Alchimistes (short documentary)
  • 1957: Appelez le 17 (short documentary film)


  • Amanda Robles: Alain Cavalier, filmmaker . De l'incidence éditeur (biography). 2011, ISBN 978-2-918193-08-1 .

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Alain Cavalier on, accessed on February 22, 2013.