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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

Magali Noël Si Tu M'aimais Du Film and 2 more… Magali Noël - Magali Noël (N° 1) (EP) Philips France 1955 Sell This Version
N72.291 H Magali Noël Si Tu M'aimais (as R. Clair) Magali Noël - Si Tu M’aimais / J'aime Valser Dans Tes Bras (Shellac, 10") Philips N72.291 H France 1955 Sell This Version
N 76.055 R 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 1955 Sell This Version
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
QS 6082 Jula De Palma Si Tu M'Aimais Jula De Palma - Jula De Palma(LP) Columbia QS 6082 Italy 1956 Sell This Version
Charles Aznavour Charles Aznavour - Je T'Attends (EP) Barclay, Barclay Belgium 1963 Sell This Version
BL-428 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
Charles Aznavour Les Deux Pigeons (as R. Clair) Charles Aznavour - Qui ? (Album) Barclay, Barclay France 1963 Sell This Version
Yves Montand A Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg (as Clair) Yves Montand - Le Paris De... (Comp) Columbia US 1964 Sell This Version
FFLP 1150 Ⓢ Maurice Chevalier Pour Les Amants… C'Est Toujours Dimanche (as R. Clair) Maurice Chevalier - Les belles années du music-hall, vol.4(10", Comp) La Voix De Son Maître FFLP 1150 Ⓢ France 1965 Sell This Version
540.036 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. 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 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 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 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 Charles Aznavour Les Deux Pigeons (as R. Clair) Charles Aznavour - Les Plus Grands Succès (2)(LP) Barclay BLP 16.054 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
YZ-88-RC 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
none, 297 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
NTS 227, OC 058-72 415 Various A Paris, Dans Chaque Faubourg (From The Film and 2 more… Various - The Magic Of Paris(LP, Comp, Mono) Note (4), EMI NTS 227, OC 058-72 415 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Georges Brassens À Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg (as R. Clair) Georges Brassens - Chante Les Chansons De Sa Jeunesse (Album) Philips France 1982 Sell This Version
Christine Chartrand Et Claude Steben Les Deux Pigeons Christine Chartrand Et Claude Steben - Il Pleut Des Larmes (Album) Multi Musique Canada 1982 Sell This Version
Αλίκη Καγιαλόγλου , Διευθύνει: Μάνος Χατζιδάκις* A Paris, Dans Chaque Faubourg (as R. Clair) Αλίκη Καγιαλόγλου , Διευθύνει: Μάνος Χατζιδάκις* - Είδωλα (Album) Sirius (2), Sirius (2), Sirius (2), Sirius (2) Greece 1988 Sell This Version
MLGDK 192 Various À Paris, Dans Chaque Faubourg Various - Les Plus Belles Chansons De Paris(Cass, Comp, RE) OPE MLGDK 192 France 1989 Sell This Version
CD LLL 137 Various A Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg Various - Paris Musette(CD, Album) La Lichère CD LLL 137 France 1990 Sell This Version
509990974572 8 Maurice Chevalier Pour Les Amants C'Est Tous Les Jours Dimanche (as R. Clair) Maurice Chevalier - Fleur De Paris - Du Caf'Conc Au Music Hall (CD, Comp) EMI Music France 509990974572 8 France 1992 Sell This Version