- 1924 Entr'acte (short) 1925 Paris qui dort (short) 1925 Le fantôme du Moulin-Rouge 1926 Le voyage imaginaire 1927 La proie du vent 1928 Un chapeau de paille d'Italie 1928 Les deux timides 1928 La tour (short documentary) 1930 Sous les toits de Paris 1931 Le million 1931 À nous la liberté 1933 Quatorze Juillet 1934 Le dernier milliardaire 1935 The Ghost Goes West 1938 Break the News 1941 The Flame of New Orleans 1942 I Married a Witch 1943 Forever and a Day (segment "1897") 1944 It Happend Tomorrow 1945 And Then There Were None 1947 Le silence est d'or 1950 La beauté du diable 1952 Les belles de nuit 1955 Hileli Aşk 1957 Porte des Lilas 1960 La française et l'amour (segment "Le Mariage") 1961 Tout l'or du monde 1962 Les quatre vérités (segment "Les deux pigeons") 1965 Les fêtes galantes
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Prominent film director and script writer René Clair was born as René-Lucien Chomette in 1898. After working for a while as a journalist, he soon discovered a passion for cinema whilst acting in some of Louis Feuillade’s films. He followed his apprenticeship under director Jacques de Barnocelli by making his first film in 1924, Paris Asleep (Paris qui dort), a comic satire with a science-fiction theme. In his subsequent films, Clair developed his penchant for satirical surrealism in films which were highly regarded at the time and which are now considered to be masterpieces. These include Entr'acte, Under the Roofs of Paris (Sous les toits de Paris) and Freedom for Us (À nous la liberté), the latter of which is reputed to have partly inspired Chaplin’s Modern Times. He made one film in Great Britain The Ghost Goes West before moving to the United States where he directed half a dozen more down to earth American films including The Flame of New Orleans and I Married a Witch. Clair returned to France after the war and resumed his film-making career there, but with noticeably less success. Whilst his first film Silence Is Golden (Le silence est d'or) was very popular, his subsequent films were increasingly less well received. Despite this decline in his career, René Clair is now universally regarded as one of the most significant figures in French cinema history. His wit, imagination and drive helped French cinema to maintain its pre-eminent position in the 1920s and ’30s. To acknowledge this fact, he was elected to the French Academy in 1962, the first film director to receive this great accolade.