René Clair

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René Clair
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(11 November 1898 – 15 March 1981) born René-Lucien Chomette, was a French filmmaker.
He was born in Paris and grew up in the Les Halles quarter. He attended the Lycée Montaigne and the Lycée Louis-le-Grand. During World War I, he served as an ambulance driver. After the war, he started a career as a journalist under the pseudonym René Desprès. He also made his debut as an actor and, after an introduction from his brother Henri Chomette, he became an assistant to Jacques de Baroncelli.

In 1924, he produced his first films, Entr'acte and Paris qui dort, which were followed by a quick succession of notable films. During World War II, he went to Hollywood and was stripped of his French citizenship by the Vichy government.

He was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Cambridge and received the Grand Prix du Cinéma Français in 1953. In 1960, he was elected to the Académie Française. He came to personify French film, and the prize for film awarded by the Académie Française bears his name.

Clair started making films before the advent of sound, and therefore had very conflicting views of its uses; he was forced to use sound in his films for financial success. However, in lieu of creating films from theater plays like other French directors, Clair used sound to take the audience out of the narrative and into a different reality.

Clair's films And Then There Were None and Le Silence est d'or both won best picture at the Locarno International Film Festival making him as of 2009 one of only two directors to do so.

One of his notable films, À nous la liberté led to a controversy involving Modern Times .
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René Clair Discography Tracks

Writing & Arrangement

René Clair - Je Vais Sur Mon Chemin / Pour Les Amants... album art Maurice Chevalier Pour Les Amants... (C'est Tout Le Jours Dimanche) Maurice Chevalier - Je Vais Sur Mon Chemin / Pour Les Amants... Disque Gramophone France 1948 Sell This Version
René Clair - Si Tu M’aimais / J'aime Valser Dans Tes Bras  album art Magali Noël Si Tu M'aimais (as R. Clair) Magali Noël - Si Tu M’aimais / J'aime Valser Dans Tes Bras (EP) Philips France 1955 Sell This Version
René Clair - Magali Noël (N° 1) album art Magali Noël Si Tu M'aimais (as R. Clair) Magali Noël - Magali Noël (N° 1) (EP) Philips France 1955 Sell This Version
René Clair - Bonjour Paris album art Michel Legrand Et Sa Grande Formation A Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg Michel Legrand Et Sa Grande Formation - Bonjour Paris (Album) Philips France 1956 Sell This Version
432060 PE René Clair - 4 album art Mouloudji Si Tu M'aimais (as Clair) Mouloudji - 4(7", EP, Sol) Philips 432060 PE Italy 1956 Sell This Version
N 76.055 R René Clair - Chansons Et Complaintes album art Mouloudji Si Tu M'aimais (Du Film ''Les Grandes Manoeuvres'') (as R. Clair) Mouloudji - Chansons Et Complaintes(10", Album) Philips N 76.055 R France 1956 Sell This Version
QS 6082 René Clair - Jula De Palma album art Jula De Palma Si Tu M'Aimais Jula De Palma - Jula De Palma(10") Columbia QS 6082 Italy 1956 Sell This Version
311019 René Clair - Mademoiselle de Paris album art Paule Desjardins Avec Raymond Lefèvre Et Son Orchestre* A Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg Paule Desjardins Avec Raymond Lefèvre Et Son Orchestre* - Mademoiselle de Paris(LP, Album) Bel Air 311019 France 1961 Sell This Version
René Clair - Chansons D'Hier album art Denise Lebrun A Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg Denise Lebrun - Chansons D'Hier (EP) PBM France 1962 Sell This Version
René Clair - Qui ? album art Charles Aznavour Les Deux Pigeons (as R. Clair) Charles Aznavour - Qui ? (Album) Barclay, Barclay France 1963 Sell This Version
BL-428 René Clair - La Mamma album art Charles Aznavour Les Deux Pigeons (as R. Clair) Charles Aznavour - La Mamma(LP, Album, Mono) Vene Vox, Barclay BL-428 Venezuela 1963 Sell This Version
René Clair - Je T'Attends album art Charles Aznavour Charles Aznavour - Je T'Attends (EP) Barclay, Barclay Belgium 1963 Sell This Version
René Clair - Yves Montand's Paris album art Yves Montand A Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg (as Clair) Yves Montand - Yves Montand's Paris (Comp) Columbia US 1964 Sell This Version
MH-166 René Clair - Charles Aznavour album art Charles Aznavour Accompagné Par Paul Mauriat Et Son Orchestre* Charles Aznavour Accompagné Par Paul Mauriat Et Son Orchestre* - Charles Aznavour(LP, Comp) Seven Seas MH-166 Japan 1964 Sell This Version
René Clair - Les belles années du music-hall, vol.4 album art Maurice Chevalier Pour Les Amants… C'Est Toujours Dimanche (as R. Clair) Maurice Chevalier - Les belles années du music-hall, vol.4 (Comp) La Voix De Son Maître France 1965 Sell This Version
540.036 René Clair - Chevalier Chante Paris album art Maurice Chevalier A Paris, Dans Chaque Faubourg (as R. Clair) Maurice Chevalier - Chevalier Chante Paris(LP, Album, RE) RCA Victor 540.036 France 1968 Sell This Version
LPV 5768 Pol. René Clair - Romantic Waltzes Around The World album art Henry Loges And His Orchestra* Under A Roof In Paris (as R. Chomette) Henry Loges And His Orchestra* - Romantic Waltzes Around The World(LP, Album) PGP RTB, Polydor LPV 5768 Pol. Yugoslavia 1970 Sell This Version
LP 1913 René Clair - Paris Est Une Fête album art Mouloudji A Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg (as R. Clair) Mouloudji - Paris Est Une Fête(LP, Album) Disques Mouloudji LP 1913 France 1973 Sell This Version
CPB-13 René Clair - Valentine / Pour Les Amants album art Maurice Chevalier Pour Les Amants (as R.Clair) Maurice Chevalier - Valentine / Pour Les Amants(7") Fratelli Fabbri Editori CPB-13 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
923 SM 01, 923 SM 02, 923 SM 03, 923 SM 04, 923 SM 05, 923 SM 06, 923 SM 07, 923 SM 08, 923 SM 09 René Clair - 50 Ans De Chansons Françaises album art Various À Paris, Dans Chaque Faubourg (as R. Clair) Various - 50 Ans De Chansons Françaises(9xLP, Comp + Box) Sélection Du Reader's Digest, Sélection Du Reader's Digest, Sélection Du Reader's Digest, Sélection Du Reader's Digest, Sélection Du Reader's Digest, Sélection Du Reader's Digest, Sélection Du Reader's Digest, Sélection Du Reader's Digest, Sélection Du Reader's Digest, Pathé Marconi EMI, Pathé Marconi EMI, Pathé Marconi EMI, Pathé Marconi EMI, Pathé Marconi EMI, Pathé Marconi EMI, Pathé Marconi EMI, Pathé Marconi EMI, Pathé Marconi EMI 923 SM 01, 923 SM 02, 923 SM 03, 923 SM 04, 923 SM 05, 923 SM 06, 923 SM 07, 923 SM 08, 923 SM 09 France 1974 Sell This Version
BLP 16.054 René Clair - Les Plus Grands Succès (2) album art Charles Aznavour Les Deux Pigeons (as R. Clair) Charles Aznavour - Les Plus Grands Succès (2)(LP, Comp) Barclay BLP 16.054 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
YZ-88-RC René Clair - Le Film Français album art Various A Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg (as R. Clair) and 1 more… Various - Le Film Français(LP, Comp, Mono) Rococo (2) YZ-88-RC Japan 1976 Sell This Version
René Clair - Chansons De Films album art Jack Lantier A Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg - Du Film and 1 more… Jack Lantier - Chansons De Films Vogue France 1977 Sell This Version
92073/75 René Clair - 1980...Charles Aznavour Est A L'Olympia album art Charles Aznavour Les Deux Pigeons Charles Aznavour - 1980...Charles Aznavour Est A L'Olympia(3xLP, Album) Barclay 92073/75 France 1980 Sell This Version
none, 297 René Clair - Les Cinglés Du Music-hall de Jean-Christophe Averty album art Various A Paris, Dans Chaque Faubourg (as R. Clair) Various - Les Cinglés Du Music-hall de Jean-Christophe Averty(10xLP, Comp, RE + Box, RE) France Inter, Sélection Du Reader's Digest none, 297 France 1981 Sell This Version