Claude Lelouch

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Claude Lelouch (2014)

Claude Lelouch [ ˈklod ləˈluʃ ] (born October 30, 1937 in Paris ) is a French film director , cameraman , screenwriter , producer and actor . His trademark are emphatically aesthetic camera settings.


Lelouch is the son of a Jewish bespoke tailor who immigrated from Algeria and who returned to Algeria when the Second World War broke out. After the war he attended the Collège Sainte-Barbe , which he left without a degree. He described himself as a "cinema journalist" when he made his first short documentaries in the mid-1950s. At the end of the 1950s, he toured the USA and the USSR, cut several documentaries from the material and sold them to television.

In 1960 he founded the production company "Les Films 13", with which he made over 200 scopitones - short music films for use in jukeboxes . In the same year he shot the first of his numerous feature films, in which he mostly told stories of love, farewells and disappointments; Called old-fashioned romances by some , other critics saw subtextual meanings in his mostly simple, warm-hearted stories.

His first international success, for which he received the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1967 , was the film A Man and a Woman . He received a second nomination for best director and he won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966 . He received another Oscar nomination in the screenplay category in 1975 for the film A Lifetime .

Lelouch was married three times, most recently to the Italian film actress Alessandra Martines , from whom he separated in 2008. He has seven children.

Theft of bags with script

On January 13, 2018, the newspaper Le Parisien reported that several bags were stolen while unloading from the car on his return vacation. Not only were the notes that had been accumulated in “magical suitcases” lost for decades, but also the only copy of the script for the planned film “Oui et Non”. The director “waits for a miracle” and hopes for a return.


Awards (selection)

Bibliography (selection)

  • 2000: Claude Lelouch and Jean-Philippe Chatrier: Itinéraire d'un enfant très gâté, Robert Laffont, Coll. «Vécu».
  • 2008: Claude Lelouch, Claude Baignères and Sylvie Perez: Ces années-là, Fayard. Conversations with Claude Baignères and Sylvie Perez
  • 2005: Yves Alion, Jean Ollé-Laprune: Claude Lelouch: Mode d'emploi, Calmann-Lévy.

Web links

Commons : Claude Lelouch  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Time Encyclopedia, Volume 8, page 575, ISBN 3-411-17568-0
  2. Hans Michael Bock: Lexicon directors and cameramen from A – Z , rororo, Reinbek 1999, p. 283
  3. The only script for the new Lelouch film stolen, January 14, 2018, accessed January 14, 2018.