1898 - 1981
The director René Clair was born as René-Lucien Chomette in Paris. At the age of 7 he already wrote first "plays" for his own puppet theater.
During World War I he served as an ambulance at the front.
During his work for the newspaper „L‘Intransigeant“ he met famous people like Louis Feuillade, who offered him small roles in „Orpheline“ (21) and „Parisette“ (21).
René Clair began from 1923 to write and direct his own movies,
among them „Paris qui dort - Paris schläft“ (24).
His movies were normally located in Paris and with the rise of the talkies he was able to compose a story of pictures with „Sous les toits de Paris - Unter den Dächern von Paris“ (30), in which the sound was used very thrifty, like Charles Chaplin did.
René Clair shot the most original and most admired works of the early French sound film in the next few years, among them „Le million - Die Million“ (31) and „Quatorze Juillet - Der vierzehnte Juli“ (33).
After that he left France for ten years and realised movies in England and in the USA. Although he was soon disillusioned from the new world he passed over the impediments and realised masterpieces like „The Ghost Goes West“ (35), „I Married a Witch - Meine Frau, die Hexe“ (42) and „It Happened Tomorrow - Es geschah morgen“ (44).
After that he returned to France and impressed the film industry of the 50's. „La Beauté du diable“ (50), „Les belles de nuit - Die Schönen der Nacht“ (52), „Les grandes manoeuvres - Das grosse Manöver“ (55) and „Porte des Lilas - Die Mausefalle“ (56) belong to the best of his movies.
René Clair went down in history as a director and writer with
poetic created comedies which narrated small but fascinating stories.
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