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 482,518 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Alain Resnais is the 68th most popular film director (down from 60th in 2019), the 554th most popular biography from France (down from 541st in 2019) and the 10th 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 68 out of 1,580Before him are Elia Kazan, Paul Verhoeven, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Abbas Kiarostami, Frank Capra, and Robert Zemeckis. After him are F. W. Murnau, Luc Besson, Terrence Malick, George A. Romero, Ernst Lubitsch, and Howard Hawks.

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Among people born in 1922, Alain Resnais ranks 25Before him are Aage Bohr, Doris Day, Kurt Vonnegut, Christiaan Barnard, Stanley Cohen, and Imre Lakatos. After him are Iannis Xenakis, Philip Larkin, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Otto Carius, Telly Savalas, and Agostinho Neto. Among people deceased in 2014, Alain Resnais ranks 20Before him are Hiroo Onoda, Richard Kiel, Jacques Le Goff, Lauren Bacall, Maximilian Schell, and Louis Zamperini. After him are Paco de Lucía, Richard Attenborough, Alexander Grothendieck, Mickey Rooney, Jack Brabham, and Queen Fabiola of Belgium.

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Among people born in France, Alain Resnais ranks 554 out of 5,234Before him are Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Charles II of Navarre (1332), Boris Vian (1920), William IX, Duke of Aquitaine (1071), Suger (1080), and Carloman I (751). After him are Karl Brandt (1904), Luc Besson (1959), Maurice Jarre (1924), Paul Dukas (1865), Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725), and Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans (1676).


Among film directors born in France, Alain Resnais ranks 10Before him are François Truffaut (1932), Jacques Tati (1907), Éric Rohmer (1920), Roger Vadim (1928), William Wyler (1902), and Claude Chabrol (1930). After him are Luc Besson (1959), Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943), Louis Malle (1932), Robert Bresson (1901), René Clair (1898), and Claude Lelouch (1937).