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Claude Sautet (February 23, 1924 - July 22, 2000) was a French author and film director.

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Biography

Born in Montrouge, Hauts-de-Seine, France, Claude Sautet first studied painting and sculpture before attending a film university in Paris where he began his career and later became a television producer.

He filmed his first movie Bonjour Sourire in 1955.

He earned international attention with Les Choses de la Vie (1969), which he wrote and directed, like the rest of his later films. It was shown in competition at the 1970 Cannes Festival, where it received enthusiastic reception. The film also revived Romy Schneider's career, who played in many of Sautet's later films such as Max et les Férrailleurs (1971) in which she played a prostitute while in César et Rosalie (1972) she portrayed a married woman whose former lover returns into her life.

Vincent, Paul, François, et les Autres (1974), is one of Sautet's most acclaimed films. Four middle-class men meet in the country every weekend mainly to discuss their lives. The film featured a cast of major stars of French cinema such as Michel Piccoli, Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, and Stéphane Audran.

He achieved even further critical success with Mado (1976).

His film A Simple Story (Une Histoire simple) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film featured Schneider again, this time as a dissatisfied working woman in her 40s. She won the César Award for Best Actress for her performance.

In the 1980s he made only two films Garçon! (1983), a drama starring Yves Montand as a middle-aged waiter, and the comedy Quelques Jours Avec Moi (1988).

In 1993, Claude Sautet won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the César Award for Best Director for his film Un cœur en hiver and again three years later he won the César for Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud. Both films starred Emmanuelle Béart.

Apart from his own directions he also wrote screenplays for other directors.

Claude Sautet died of cancer in Paris in 2000 and was interred there in the Cimetière du Montparnasse.

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