Famous French Screenwriters

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Luc Besson
(Film Director, Screenwriter, and Producer Known for Making Highly Visual Thriller and Action Films)
Luc Besson
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Birthdate: March 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

Luc Besson is a French film director, producer, and screenwriter. He started working in the film industry as an assistant to famous directors and learned the nuances of direction. He then moved on to direct films and launched his own production company. He is considered a key figure in the Cinéma du look movement. 

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Alejandro Jodorowsky
(Chilean-Born French Film Director and Screenwriter)
Alejandro Jodorowsky
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Birthdate: February 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tocopilla, Chile

Chilean-French filmmaker and artist, Alejandro Jodorowsky, is best known for his avant-garde films. A multifaceted personality, he is also a novelist, poet, musician, composer, and spiritual guru. His films are filled with surreal images and mysticism. A much-revered figure in international cinema, he is the recipient of the Jack Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF).

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Jean-Luc Godard
(Film Director and a Pioneer of the 1960s 'French New Wave' Film Movement)
Jean-Luc Godard
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Birthdate: December 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 13, 2022

The Paris-born French-Swiss director and screenwriter had the reputation of adding new dimensions to filmmaking with his experimentation, a trend which came to be known as the French New Wave. The director of acclaimed films like Breathless, My Life to Live and Pierrot le Fou, Jean-Luc Godard was married to actress Anna Karina. He is regarded as an all-time great director.

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 4 
Guillaume Canet
(French Actor & Director Known for His Films 'Joyeux Noël', 'The Beach' and 'Tell No One')
Guillaume Canet
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Birthdate: April 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Born into a family of horse breeders, actor, director and screenwriter Guillaume Canet aspired to become a show jumper. However, a fall at the age of eighteen steered his destiny towards acting and very soon he was staring in films like Joyeux Noël and The Beach.  Eventually he also started directing; winning several awards for his 2006 production, Tell No One.  

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François Truffaut
(One of the Founders of the 'French New Wave' Art Movement & An Icon of the French Film Industry)
François Truffaut
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Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 21, 1984

François Truffaut was a French film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. He is credited to be one of the founders of the French New Wave. Beginning his career in the mid-1950s, he was active in the entertainment industry for close to three decades. His film The 400 Blows is considered a defining film of the French New Wave movement. 

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Jeanne Moreau
(Actress)
Jeanne Moreau
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Birthdate: January 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 31, 2017
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Henri Charrière
(French Memoirist, Convicted As a Murderer, Known for His Autobiographical Books ‘Papillon’ and ‘Banco’)
Henri Charrière
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Birthdate: November 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Étienne-de-Lugdarès, France
Died: July 29, 1973
 8 
Frank Darabont
(Director and Screenwriter Known for His Films 'The Green Mile’ and 'The Shawshank Redemption')
Frank Darabont
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Birthdate: January 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montbéliard, France

A lifelong fan of horror books and movies, especially of Stephen King, three-time Oscar nominated film director and screenwriter Frank Darabont decided to take up film making as his profession after seeing THX 1138. Beginning his career with screenwriting, he debuted as director with Buried Alive, eventually making such magnificent films like Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist.

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Agnes Varda
(Filmmaker and Pioneer of French New Wave Film Movement of the 1950s and 1960s)
Agnes Varda
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Birthdate: May 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
Died: March 29, 2019

Agnes Varda was a Belgian-born French film director, screenwriter, and artist. She was a key figure in the development of the French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s. She often made films addressing women’s issues and other social justice problems. She was honored with an Academy Honorary Award. She was married to director Jacques Demy. 

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Roger Vadim
(Director and Screenwriter Best Known for His Films: 'And God Created Woman', 'Blood and Roses' and 'Barbarella')
Roger Vadim
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Birthdate: January 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 11, 2000

Roger Vadim was a French film director, producer, screenwriter, and artist. He is remembered for his visually aesthetic movies with erotic qualities. He was also popular for his relationships with beautiful actresses like Catherine Deneuve, Cindy Pickett, and Margaret Markov. Also an author, Vadim wrote several books, including his autobiography, From One Star to the Next.

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Anna Karina
(Danish-French Actress Best Known for Her Work With 'French New-Wave' Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard)
Anna Karina
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Birthdate: September 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Solbjerg, Denmark
Died: December 14, 2019

Anna Karina was a Danish-French film actress, singer, and director. She often collaborated with French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard and appeared in many of his films, including My Life to Live and Bande à part. She set up her own production company in 1972 and made her directorial debut with Vivre ensemble. She was also a published author. 

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Saïd Taghmaoui
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Birthdate: July 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Villepinte, France
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Maiwenn
(Known for Her Screenwriting and Directorial Work on Polisse (2011), Pardonnez-Moi (2006))
Maiwenn
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Birthdate: April 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Les Lilas, France

Pressured by her mother, actress-cum-filmmaker Maiwenn began her acting career at a very tender age, making her mark with the role of Elle, as a child, in One Deadly Summer. Continuing to perform, she took a hiatus after her marriage, eventually returning to acting, starring in movies like High Tension before venturing into film-direction; she quickly achieved international recognition with Polisse

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Jean Renoir
(French Film Director & Screenwriter Known for His Films 'La Grande Illusion' and 'The Rules of the Game')
Jean Renoir
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Birthdate: September 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montmartre, Paris, France
Died: February 12, 1979

Jean Renoir was a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. The son of the prominent painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jean was one of the first filmmakers to be known as an auteur. He started working during the silent film era and made more than 40 silent films. In 1975, he received a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award.

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Mathieu Kassovitz
(French Actor, Film Producer, Director, and Screenwriter)
Mathieu Kassovitz
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Birthdate: August 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France

Mathieu Kassovitz is a French actor, film producer, director, and screenwriter. He has won the prestigious César Award on three occasions so far. He has also received nominations for Lumières Awards and Palme d'Or. Mathieu Kassovitz is credited with founding the film production company, MNP Entreprise.

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Robert Bresson
(Director)
Robert Bresson
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Birthdate: September 25, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bromont-Lamothe, France
Died: December 18, 1999
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Jean-Pierre Jeunet
(French Film Producer, Director, and Screenwriter)
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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Birthdate: September 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Le Coteau, France

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a French film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for combining elements like fantasy, science fiction, and realism into his films to create idealized realities. He achieved international fame in 2001, when his film Amélie received widespread acclaim. Jean-Pierre Jeunet is counted among the most important and influential directors in modern French cinema.

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Olivier Assayas
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film critic)
Olivier Assayas
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Birthdate: January 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Jamel Debbouze
(French-Moroccan Comedian, Actor, Film Producer, Director, and Screenwriter)
Jamel Debbouze
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Birthdate: June 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

Jamel Debbouze is a French-Moroccan comedian, actor, film producer, director, and screenwriter. Renowned for his stand-up comedy sketches, Debbouze is also known for his collaboration with notable French humourists like Fred Testot, Florence Foresti, and Gad Elmaleh. Jamel Debbouze is credited with creating the popular television show Jamel Comedy Club.

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Yvan Attal
(French Actor, Scriptwriter and Director)
Yvan Attal
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Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Yvan Attal is an Israeli-French actor, director, and screenwriter best known for his work in the film My Wife Is an Actress, for which he received a Cesar Award nomination. He acted in one segment of the film New York, I Love You, and directed another. He also dubs and has dubbed for Tom Cruise’s character in many films.    

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Julia Ducournau
(Director)
Julia Ducournau
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Birthdate: November 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Judith Godrèche
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Birthdate: March 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Céline Sciamma
(Filmmaker)
Céline Sciamma
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Birthdate: November 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pontoise, France
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Dany Boon
(French Actor, Film Producer, Director, and Screenwriter)
Dany Boon
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Birthdate: June 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Armentières, France

Dany Boon is a French actor, film producer, director, and screenwriter. He started his career as a comedian in the 1990s and found success in 2008, when he directed and starred in a comedy film titled Welcome to the Sticks. Dany Boon has also acted in several one-man shows, such as Les Zacros de la télé and Tout entier.

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François Ozon
(Film director, Screenwriter)
François Ozon
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Birthdate: November 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Alain Resnais
(Film director)
Alain Resnais
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Birthdate: June 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vannes, France
Died: March 1, 2014
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Jean-Jacques Annaud
(French Film Producer, Director, and Screenwriter)
Jean-Jacques Annaud
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Birthdate: October 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Île-de-France, France

Jean-Jacques Annaud is a French film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for directing critically acclaimed films like Quest for Fire, The Name of the Rose, The Bear, and The Lover. Over the course of his career, Jean-Jacques Annaud has won several prestigious awards, such as César Awards and National Academy of Cinema Award.

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Françoise Sagan
(Playwright)
Françoise Sagan
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Birthdate: June 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cajarc, France
Died: September 24, 2004
 29 
Christian Clavier
(French Actor, Film Director, Producer, and Screenwriter)
Christian Clavier
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Birthdate: May 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

Christian Clavier is a French actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He achieved popularity after playing important roles in Les Bronzés and Les Visiteurs. In addition to acting, Christian Clavier also operates a production company called Ouille Production.

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Jean-Marc Barr
(Actor and Film Director)
Jean-Marc Barr
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Birthdate: September 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bitburg, Germany

Jean-Marc Barr is a French American actor and film director. He came into prominence in 1988, when he portrayed Jacques Mayol in the French film The Big Blue, which earned several nominations at the César Awards. Jean-Marc Barr went on to play prominent roles in critically acclaimed films like Europa, The Favourite Son, and Breaking the Waves.

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Catherine Breillat
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Birthdate: July 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bressuire,France
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Michael Sinterniklaas
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Birthdate: August 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nice, France
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Abdellatif Kechiche
(Actor, Screenwriter, Film director)
Abdellatif Kechiche
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Birthdate: December 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tunis, Tunisia
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Leos Carax
(Film director)
Leos Carax
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Birthdate: November 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suresnes, France
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Maïmouna Doucouré
(Film director)
Maïmouna Doucouré
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Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Michel Hazanavicius
(French Film Producer, Director, Editor, and Screenwriter)
Michel Hazanavicius
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Birthdate: March 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

Michel Hazanavicius is a French film producer, director, editor, and screenwriter. He is best known for writing and directing the 2011 comedy-drama film The Artist, which won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director at the 84th Academy Awards. The film also earned him several other awards, including BAFTA Award, César Award, and New York Film Critics Circle Award.

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Max Ophüls
(Film Director)
Max Ophüls
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Birthdate: May 6, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saarbrücken, Germany
Died: March 26, 1957
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Alain Chabat
(French Actor, Director, Producer, Comedian, Screenwriter, and Television Presenter)
Alain Chabat
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Birthdate: November 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

Alain Chabat is a French actor, director, producer, comedian, screenwriter, and television presenter. He came into prominence in 1987, when he formed the comedy group, Les Nuls. Alain Chabat's popularity increased in 1997, when he wrote and directed a comedy film titled Didier in which he played the title role. The film won him the César Award for Best Debut.

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Reda Kateb
(Actor)
Reda Kateb
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Birthdate: July 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ivry-sur-Seine, France
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Jacques Audiard
(French Film Producer, Director, and Screenwriter)
Jacques Audiard
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Birthdate: April 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

Jacques Audiard is a French film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for directing critically acclaimed movies, such as See How They Fall, A Self-Made Hero, Read My Lips, A Prophet, and Rust and Bone. Over the years, Jacques Audiard has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as César Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Lumières Awards.

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Vincent Lindon
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Birthdate: July 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
 42 
Pierre Richard
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Birthdate: August 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Valenciennes, France
 43 
Marcel Pagnol
(Novelist)
Marcel Pagnol
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Birthdate: February 28, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aubagne, France
Died: April 18, 1974
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Niels Arestrup
(Actor, film director, screenwriter who has won three César Awards)
Niels Arestrup
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Birthdate: February 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Henri-Georges Clouzot
(French Film Director, Producer, and Screenwriter)
Henri-Georges Clouzot
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Birthdate: November 20, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Niort, France
Died: January 12, 1977

Henri-Georges Clouzot was a French film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best remembered for making thriller films, such as Les Diaboliques and The Wages of Fear, which are counted among the greatest movies of the 1950s. Henri-Georges Clouzot is also remembered for directing documentaries like The Mystery of Picasso, which was adjudged a national treasure by the French government.

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Jean Anouilh
(Dramatist)
Jean Anouilh
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Birthdate: June 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: October 3, 1987
 47 
Gilles Lellouche
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Birthdate: July 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Savigny-sur-Orge, France
 48 
Pascal Laugier
(Screenwriter, Film director)
Pascal Laugier
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Birthdate: October 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: French
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Philippe Garrel
(French Film Director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Producer, and Editor)
Philippe Garrel
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Birthdate: April 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Philippe Garrel is a French film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, and editor. He is best known for his association with the French New Wave. Philippe Garrel is also known for making critically acclaimed movies that have earned him awards at Venice Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.

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Jacques Prévert
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Birthdate: February 4, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: April 11, 1977