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Barbet Schroeder (1941 - )

Related: French cinema - director - More (1968) - Maîtresse (1976)


Barbet Schroeder (born August 26, 1941 in Teheran to a Swiss diplomat father) is a movie director and producer who started his career in French cinema in the 1960s, working together with directors such as Jean-Luc Godard. Schroeder's production company "Les Films du Losange", founded by him at age 23, produced some of the best-known films of the Nouvelle vague. His directorial debut, More (1969), about heroin addiction, became a hit in Europe.

He later went on to direct more mainstream Hollywood fare, such as Barfly (1987) starring Mickey Rourke, Single White Female (1992), and Reversal of Fortune (1990), for which Jeremy Irons as Claus von Bülow received an Academy Award.

Despite his many commercially successful films, Schroeder continues to be interested in making smaller films with a more limited audience, such as the adaption of Colombian writer Fernando Vallejo's controversial novel La virgen de los sicarios (2000) or the documentary on Idi Amin Idi Amin Dada (1974). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbet_Schroeder [Aug 2004]

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