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Alexandre Astruc
Alexandre Astruc, c. 1965
Alexandre Astruc, c. 1965
Born (1923-07-13)13 July 1923
Died 19 May 2016(2016-05-19) (aged 92)
Nationality French
Genre film director
Notable awards René Clair Award

Alexandre Astruc (French: [astʁyk]; 13 July 1923 – 19 May 2016) was a French film critic and film director.


Before becoming a film director he was a journalist, novelist and film critic. His contribution to the auteur theory centers on his notion of the caméra-stylo or "camera-pen" and the idea that directors should wield their cameras like writers use their pens.

In 1994 he was awarded the René Clair Award for his whole body of film work.

Selected filmography

(s) indicates films also co-scripted by Astruc

  • 1949: Ulysse ou Les mauvaises rencontres also known as Aller et retour, a short film; Astruc also wrote the scenario
  • 1952: The Crimson Curtain (s) (Le rideau cramoisi)
  • 1952: La Putain respectueuse
  • 1955: Les Mauvaises rencontres (s)
  • 1957: Amour de poche
  • 1958: Une vie (s)
  • 1960: La proie pour l'ombre (s)
  • 1962: L'Éducation sentimentale [fr]
  • 1964: The Pit and the Pendulum (Le Puits et le Pendule)
  • 1966: La Longue Marche [fr] (s)
  • 1968: Flammes sur l'Adriatique [fr] (s)

See also

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