The director Louis Malle first studied political science but changed
to the film academy in Paris.
His way from theory to practice of film making was unusual. When he
was inquired by the famous deep sea researcher Jean Cousteau for a two-years
lasting journey, Louis Malle accepted and learnt in this way the finesses
of filming on board of the Calypso.
One of the common productions was "Le monde du silence - Die Welt des
Schweigens" (56), where Malle was the director and cinematographer.
After his cooperation with Jacques Cousteau he worked among others for
Jacques Tati and Robert Bresson before he realisded his first own feature
movie as a director in 1957.
"Ascenseur pour l'échafaud - Fahrstuhl zum Schafott" (57) was
a big success at the first go and counts to the classic today.
In the next years came other stirring movies into being which were very
different and didn't show a real "Malle style".
To his well-known movies of those years belong "Les amants - Die Liebenden"
(58), "Zazie dans le métro" (60), "Vie privée - Privatleben"
(61), "Viva Maria!" (65) and "Le voleur - Der Dieb von Paris" (67).
But after that he turned his back on the film business and France and
went to India for a longer time to oppen his mind for something new. There
he shot the documentaries "Calcutta" (68) and "L'inde fantôme" (69).
When he realised again movies for the cinema at the beginning of the
70's there seemed to be a new Louis Malle at work.
Besides documentaries he also realised the productions "Le souffle
au coeur - Herzflimmern" (71), "Lucien Lacombe" (74), "Black Moon" (75)
and his first US movie "Pretty Baby" (78) with Brooke Shields.
Louis Malle concentrated on the work in the USA and he realised the
movies "Atlantic City" (80) with the still unknown Susan Sarandon, "Alamo
Bay" (85) and "God's Country" (86).
Finally followed one of his greatest successes and one of the most
personal movies with "Au revoi les enfants - Auf Wiedersehen, Kinder (87).
To his last movies belong "Milou en mai - Eine Komödie im Mai"
(90), "Fatale - Verhängnis" (92) and "Vanya on 42nd Street" (94).
A project about the actress Marlene Dietrich didn't come off unfortunately,
an illness forced him to interrupt the preparation, a few months later
Louis Malle was among others married with the actress Candice Bergen.
He was honoured with many awards during his long-standing career, among
them three Césars for the movie "Au revoir les enfants" (87) for
direction, script and best movie as well as drei Oscar nomination in the
years 1973, 1982 and 1988.
Other movies from Louis Malle:
Crazeologie (53) Station 307 (54) Vive le tour (62) Le
feu follet - Das Irrlicht (63) Bons baisers de Bangkok (64) Histoires extraordinaires:
William Wilson (68) Place de la république (74) Humain, trop humain
(74) Close Up (76) Dominique Sanda ou le rêve éveillé
(77) My Dinner with Andre - Mein Essen mit André (81) Crackers -
Fünf Gauner machen Bruch (84) And the Pursuit of Happiness - Und das
Streben nach Glück (86) God's Country (86)
Station 307 (54) Ascenseur pour l'échafaud - Fahrstuhl
zum Schafott (58) Les amants (58) Zazie dans le métro (60) Vie privée
(61) Vive le tour (62) Le feu follet (63) Viva Maria! (65) Le voleur (67)
Histoires extraordinaires: William Wilson (68) Calcutta (68) Le souffle
au coeur - Herzflimmern (71) Lacombe Lucien (74) Black Moon (75) Pretty
Baby (78) Au revoir les enfants - Auf Wiedersehen, Kinder (87) Milou en
Zazie dans le métro (60) Lacombe Lucien (74) Pretty
Baby (78) Alamo Bay (85) Au revoir les enfants - Auf Wiedersehen, Kinder
(87) Milou en mai (90) Fatale (92)
Station 307 (54) Vive le tour (62) And the Pursuit of
Happiness (86) God's Country (86)
Vie privée (61) La fiancée du pirate (69)
La vie de bohème (92)