1901 - 2000
Claude Autant-Lara belongs to the great filmmakers of the film history. At the beginning of his career, which already started in the 20's, he was an assistent of pioneers of the French film like Marcel l'Herbier, René Clair and Jean Renoir.
At the beginning of the 30's he directed several movies among them with the silent movie star Buster Keaton - „Buster se marie“ (31) and „Le plombier amoureux“ (32).
The great time of Claude Autant-Lara began with the movie „Fric-Frac“ (39), in the next years he realised many popular movies which found height in the 50's.
His first masterpiece was „Le diable au corps - Teufel im Leib“ (1946) with the legendary Gérard Philipe.
With „La traversée de Paris - Zwei Mann, ein Schwein und die Nacht von Paris“ (1956) he not only succeeded an artistic success but also realised a box-office hit. His next movie „La jument verte - Die grüne Stute“ marked his international breakthrough.
Although „Le comte de Monte Cristo - Der Graf von Monte Christo“ (1961) was another great success it became quietly around Claude Autant-Lara, he went lost in the awarness of the public at large.
Claude Autant-Lara reacted to this development with bitterness and turned towards the policitc. He became a member of the Parliament for Le Pen's extreme right-wing Front Nationale and became unpopular because of his racist statements.
He only appeared rarely in the cinemas in the following years, for example with „Le meurtrier - Der Mörder“ (1963), „Le Magot de Josefa“ (1964), „Le plus vieux métier du monde: Aujourd'hui“ (1967), "Le rouge et le blanc" (72) and "Gloria" (77).
Claude Autant-Lara was regarded as a dictator in the film studio - he
was dreaded and esteemed. He even dared to give a slape in the face of
the great Jean Gabin during a shooting in 1956. Gérard Philipe who
acted in three of his movies admired him.
Other movies from Claude Autant-Lara (Director):