René Clair

1898 - 1981

René Clair

René Clair (11 November 1898 – 15 March 1981) born René-Lucien Chomette, was a French filmmaker and writer. He first established his reputation in the 1920s as a director of silent films in which comedy was often mingled with fantasy. He went on to make some of the most innovative early sound films in France, before going abroad to work in the UK and USA for more than a decade. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of René Clair has received more than 167,331 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 99th most popular film director.

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Among film directors, René Clair ranks 100 out of 1,305Before him are Fred Zinnemann, Alan Parker, Victor Fleming, Terrence Malick, Jules Dassin, and John Carpenter. After him are Wolfgang Petersen, Tony Scott, Kenji Mizoguchi, Louis Malle, Sam Peckinpah, and Andrzej Żuławski.

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Among people born in 1898, René Clair ranks 34Before him are Leo Szilard, Jeanne Hébuterne, Julius Evola, Rodion Malinovsky, Curzio Malaparte, and Aloysius Stepinac. After him are Kenji Mizoguchi, Ahmad Shah Qajar, Peng Dehuai, Georges Dumézil, Joseph Murphy, and Fritz Zwicky. Among people deceased in 1981, René Clair ranks 22Before him are Frederica of Hanover, Marcel Breuer, A. J. Cronin, William Holden, Omar Bradley, and William Saroyan. After him are Joe Louis, Samuel Barber, Bill Shankly, Georges Brassens, Joseph Murphy, and Karl Böhm.

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Among people born in France, René Clair ranks 758 out of 4,109Before him are Emmanuelle Riva (1927), Jules Grévy (1807), Léon Gambetta (1838), Georges Sorel (1847), Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (1974), and Frédéric Bastiat (1801). After him are François Darlan (1881), Charlotte of Savoy (1441), Jérôme Lalande (1732), Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans (1709), Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque (1902), and Jean Froissart (1337).


Among film directors born in France, René Clair ranks 14Before him are Alain Resnais (1922), William Wyler (1902), Éric Rohmer (1920), Luc Besson (1959), Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943), and Robert Bresson (1901). After him are Louis Malle (1932), Jean-Pierre Melville (1917), Jacques Rivette (1928), René Clément (1913), Claude Lelouch (1937), and Jean Vigo (1905).

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