Louis Malle

30.10.1932, Thumeries, France - 24.11.1995, Los Angeles, SAD


Louis Malle was a descendent of a rich industrial family and studied Political
Science at Sorbonne. After some time he transferred to the Film Institute. He
was an assistant and sub-marine cameraman to Jacques Cousteau in the
Oscar-winning documentary Silent World; he also assisted Robert Bresson
on the movie Un condamné ŕ mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle oů il veut
(1956). His works belong to the period of French New Wave. His movies often
arouse controversy (from the movie Lust he had to cut out some lovemaking
scenes because of the American distribution); his films had treated various
issues that contributed in a way to their broad viewing audience. He often
filmed in The United States and, thanks to him, Brooke Shields entered the world
of filmmaking and Susan Sarandon had one of her first big roles in Atlantic


Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
Damage (1993)
Milou en mai (1989)
Au revoir les enfants (1987)
Alamo Bay (1985)
Crackers (1984)
My Dinner with André (1981)
Atlantic City (1980)
Pretty Baby (1978)
Close Up (1976)
Luna Nera (1975)
Humain, trop humain (1974)
Place de la république (1974)
Lacombe Lucien (1974)
Le Souffle au coeur (1971)
Calcutta (1968)
Tre passi nel delirio (1968; priča iz omnibusa)
Le Voleur (1967)
Viva Maria! (1965)
Le Feu follet (1963)
Vive le tour (1962; dokumentarni)
Vie privée (1961)
Zazie dans le métro (1959)
Les Amants (1958)
Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958)
Le Monde du silence (1956)

Films by this director

Elevator to the Gallows

(Ascenseur pour l'échafaud, France, 1958)

Directed by: Louis Malle

Florence and her husband have come up with a perfect plan of how to get rid of her husband, a successful and very rich businessman: they will use his own gun and make it look like a suicide. Things, though, do not go as planned. As soon as Julian thinks he has committed the perfect crime, he finds out that he has left behind the hook he used to climb onto the balcony. He returns to get it but things take a course of their own… Film has both English and Croatian subtitles!

b/w, 91'

Goodbye, Children

(Au revoir les enfants, 1987)

Directed by: Louis Malle

During WWII, in a Catholic boarding school in the French countryside, two boys become friends. One is a French boy, Julien Quintin, and the other is a Jewish boy, Jean Bonnet, who is being hidden from the Nazis by the friars who run the school. Louis Malle directed this film based on events that actually happened while he was at a boarding school during the war. Most important awards: 1988 European Film Academy - best screenplay; 1988 British Academy - best director; 1987 Venice - Golden...

35 mm, color, 104 minute

A Time to Live and a Time to Die

(Le feu follet, 1963)

Directed by: Louis Malle
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ghislain Cloquet

The film shows the last twenty four hours of a suicide victim. Alain Leroy is a writer who unsuccessfully tries to cure his depression and pain with alcohol. A private clinic and the assigned psychiatrist cannot help him. After having been proclaimed “cured” and released back into the world he tries to find help from his old friends.

35 mm, b/w, 108 min

Atlantic City


Directed by: Louis Malle
PHOTOGRAPHY: Richard Ciupka

Sally se doseljava u Atlantic City u potrazi za boljim životom. Radi kao konobarica, sanja da postane krupije i uči taj posao od šefa kasina. Lou je Sallyn susjed, ostarjeli kriminalac kome će, iako poprilično mlađa od njega, Sally „zapeti za oko“. Kada se u gradu pojavi njezin bivši muž Dave s paketom droge koju je ukrao od mafije, Lou odlučuje pomoći Sally. Nakon što Dave osvane mrtav, a mafija krene za Sally, Lou dobiva priliku oživjeti "stare dane"... Film je bio nominiran za pet nagrada O...

35 mm, color, 104 min



Directed by: Louis Malle

Dr. Stephen Fleming is a British minister, a husband and a father of two children. While younger Sally lives with him and her mother Ingrid, the elder son Martyn has grown up and lives alone. He is a successful journalist in a relationship with a young and attractive Anna Barton. At a party, Stephen meets Anna and they instantly feel mutual attraction. Unable to suppress it, they start having sexual encounters, risking the happiness of their loved ones.

color, 111 min
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