Born in Rouen on the 1st of March 1928. He began working for the “Gazette du Cinéma” in the same year, moving to “Cahiers du Cinéma” in 1952, where he was editor-in-chief. He made his first short film in 1956. The theatre, conspiracy, secrets and Balzac are all recurring themes in his often unusually long films. He took part in Competition at the Berlinale in 1989 with The Gang of Four. In 1991 he received the jury award in Cannes for La belle noiseuse.
The story revolves around the hand-picked acting class of a famed director who works only with women. The four members of the class are assigned to study the text of the Marivaux play Double Infidelities. Now, it just so happens that the four actresses share an apartment and as they begin allowing the Marivaux play to influence their offstage lives, they share a lot more than room and board.
Won – Berlin International Film Festival (1989) FIPRESCI Prize (Competition), Nominated – Locarno International Film Festival (1989) Toronto International Film Festival (1989)