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French film director, screenwriter, and producerwd:Q55392
movement: French New Wave
country of citizenship: France
native language: French
language of expression: French
educated at: Institut des hautes études cinématographiques, La Fémis, Sciences Po
occupation: screenwriter, film producer, film director, camera operator, cinematographer, actor
award received: French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, Palme d'Or, Louis Delluc Prize, BAFTA Award for Best Film, United Nations Awards, Golden Lion, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director, BAFTA Award for Best Direction, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film, César Award for Best Director, David di Donatello per la migliore sceneggiatura straniera, César Award for Best Film, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Director, César Award for Best Writing, Academy Fellowship Award, European Film Award for Best Screenwriter, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, César Award
position held: President of the Jury at the Cannes Festival
influenced by: Miles Davis, society, Robert Bresson
Louis Marie Malle (French: [lwi mal]; 30 October 1932 – 23 November 1995) was a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. His film Le Monde du silence won the Palme d'Or in 1956 and the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1957, although he was not credited at the ceremony; the award was instead presented to the film's co-director Jacques Cousteau. Later in his career he was nominated multiple times for Academy Awards. Malle is also one of only four directors to have won the Golden Lion twice.
Malle worked in both French cinema and Hollywood, and he produced both French and English language films. His most famous films include the crime film Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958), the World War II drama Lacombe, Lucien (1974), the romantic crime film Atlantic City (1980), the comedy-drama My Dinner with Andre (1981), and the autobiographical film Au revoir les enfants (1987).
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