Claude Autant-Lara

Claude Autant-Lara ( Luzarches , Val-d’Oise , 5 of August of 1901 – Antibes , Alpes-Maritimes , 5 of February of 2000 ) was a film director French and later deputy to the European Parliament .

The son of an architect, Édouard Autant, and Louise Lara, an actress of the Comédie Française , Claude Autant-Lara was educated at the Lycée Janson de Sailly and Mill Hill School in London during his mother’s exile as a pacifist. Soon he discovered the cinema, a revelation, and began his career early working as art director and costume designer; His most well known work in this regard was possibly Nana (1926), silent film directed by Jean Renoir . Autant-Lara also acted in the film.

As a director, he filmed a lot of provocative films, coming to affirm that ” if a film does not have poison, it is not worth anything “. In the 1960s, he turned his back on the French New Wave movement , and he was unsuccessful ever since.

On June 18, 1989, he jumped once again into controversial public light, when he was elected to the European Parliament as a member of the National Front and oldest member of the assembly. In his inaugural speech in July, he produced a scandal in expressing his ” concern for the cultural threat of America, ” which prompted a strike by most of the deputies.

Following an interview with Globe magazine in September 1989, in which he referred to the Nazi gas chambers as a ” string of lies “, then Justice Minister Pierre Arpaillange had him prosecuted for ” racial slurs, racial slurs And incitement to racial hatred “. Autant-Lara was acquitted, but the magnitude of the scandal provoked by his comments led him to resign his position as deputy. On the other hand, members of the Academy of Fine Arts , of which he was one of the lifetime vice-presidents, voted in favor of prohibiting him from taking his seat thereafter.

His memoirs, Rage in the Heart ( La rage dans le cœur ), appeared in 1984.

Filmography (director)

  • 1922: Faits divers (short)
  • 1925: Construire un feu (short film)
  • 1926: Vittel (short film)
  • 1928: Boul se met au verre ( Soluble dans l’eau ) (short film)
  • 1931: Buster se marie (French version of Parlor, Bedroom and Bath by Edward Sedgwick )
  • 1931: Le Plombier amoureux (French version of The Passionate Plumber by Edward Sedgwick)
  • 1932: L’Athlète incomplet (French version of Love Is a Racket by William A. Wellman )
  • 1932: The Dame d’en face (short film)
  • 1932: Le gendarme est sans pitié (medium- length film)
  • 1932: Invite Monsieur à dîner (medium-length film)
  • 1932: Monsieur le duc (medium-length film)
  • 1932: La Peur des coups (medium length film)
  • 1932: A client sérieux (short film)
  • 1933: Ciboulette
  • 1936: My partner Master Davis or The Mysterious Mr Davis
  • 1937: L’Affaire du courrier de Lyon (co-directed with Maurice Lehmann )
  • 1939: Fric-Frac (co-directed with Maurice Lehmann)
  • 1942: Le Mariage de Chiffon
  • 1942: Lettres d’amour
  • 1943: Douce
  • 1945: Sylvie et le fantôme
  • 1947: Le Diable au corps
  • 1949: Occupe-toi d’Amélie
  • 1951: L’Auberge rouge [also writer]
  • 1951: Les 7 péchés capitaux
  • 1953: Le Blé en herbe
  • 1953: Le Bon Dieu sans confession [also consultant]
  • 1954: Red and black ( Le Rouge et le Noir , adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stendhal ). 1
  • 1955: Marguerite de la nuit
  • 1956: The Traversée of Paris
  • 1958: Le Joueur (adaptation of the homonymous account of Fyodor Dostoyevski )
  • 1959: En cas de malheur
  • 1959: La Jument verte
  • 1959: Les Régates de San Francisco
  • 1960: Le Bois des amants
  • 1961: Tu ne twins point
  • 1961: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (adaptation of the homonymous novel of Alexander Dumas )
  • 1961: Lives Henri IV, vive l’amour
  • 1963: Le Meurtrier
  • 1963: Le Magot de Josefa
  • 1965: Humor noir (episode «La Bestiole»)
  • 1965: Journal d’une femme en blanc
  • 1966: Le Nouveau Journal d’une femme en blanc ( Une femme en blanc se révolte )
  • 1967: Le Plus Vieux Métier du monde
  • 1967: Le Franciscain de Bourges
  • 1969: Les Patates
  • 1972: Le Rouge et le Blanc (short film)
  • 1973: Lucien Leuwen (television adaptation in 4 episodes of the homonymous novel of Stendhal )
  • 1977: Gloria


This article is based on the equivalent articles of Wikipedias in English and French (accessed September 15, 2009).