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Alain Resnais

1922 - 2014

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Alain Resnais (French: [alɛ̃ ʁɛnɛ]; 3 June 1922 – 1 March 2014) was a French film director and screenwriter whose career extended over more than six decades. After training as a film editor in the mid-1940s, he went on to direct a number of short films which included Night and Fog (1956), an influential documentary about the Nazi concentration camps.Resnais began making feature films in the late 1950s and consolidated his early reputation with Hiroshima mon amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and Muriel (1963), all of which adopted unconventional narrative techniques to deal with themes of troubled memory and the imagined past. These films were contemporary with, and associated with, the French New Wave (la nouvelle vague), though Resnais did not regard himself as being fully part of that movement. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alain Resnais has received more than 602,831 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Alain Resnais is the 84th most popular film director (down from 68th in 2019), the 639th most popular biography from France (down from 553rd in 2019) and the 13th most popular French Film Director.

Alain Resnais is most famous for his film "Hiroshima Mon Amour."

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Among film directors, Alain Resnais ranks 84 out of 1,581Before him are Ernst Lubitsch, Dario Argento, Alan Parker, David Lean, Sergei Parajanov, and Carl Theodor Dreyer. After him are Zhang Yimou, Carlos Saura, Satyajit Ray, René Clair, Christopher Nolan, and Fred Zinnemann.

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Among people born in 1922, Alain Resnais ranks 29Before him are Iannis Xenakis, Betty White, Hans Georg Dehmelt, Otto Carius, Vittorio Gassman, and Doris Day. After him are Alain Robbe-Grillet, Telly Savalas, Philip Larkin, Renata Tebaldi, Stanley Cohen, and Nándor Hidegkuti. Among people deceased in 2014, Alain Resnais ranks 25Before him are Paco de Lucía, Lauren Bacall, Nadine Gordimer, Richard Kiel, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, and Gary Becker. After him are Virna Lisi, Louis Zamperini, H. R. Giger, Adolfo Suárez, Martin Lewis Perl, and Jack Brabham.

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Among people born in France, Alain Resnais ranks 639 out of 6,011Before him are Marie-Antoine Carême (1784), Suzanne Valadon (1865), Élisabeth of France (1764), Jean Parisot de Valette (1494), Albert Fert (1938), and Alfred Jarry (1873). After him are Daniel Auber (1782), Paul Broca (1824), Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), Éliphas Lévi (1810), Jean Jaurès (1859), and Clotilde (475).


Among film directors born in France, Alain Resnais ranks 13Before him are William Wyler (1902), Roger Vadim (1928), Claude Chabrol (1930), Luc Besson (1959), Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943), and Robert Bresson (1901). After him are René Clair (1898), Jean-Pierre Melville (1917), Louis Malle (1932), Marcel Carné (1906), René Clément (1913), and Claude Lelouch (1937).