Photo of Louis Malle Louis Malle

Descended from nobility and wealth, director Louis Malle was born Oct. 30, 1932, in Thumeries, France. He broke into films as marine explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau's cameraman, earning his first directing credit for The Silent World (1956).

Malle's first solo effort was the 1957 thriller Frantic; his next movie, The Lovers (1958), contained graphic erotic content and established the director's reputation for courting controversy. Part of the French new wave movement, Malle tackled other taboo topics with A Very Private Affair (1962) and The Fire Within (1963).

His American film debut came in 1978 with Pretty Baby, followed in 1980 by the acclaimed Atlantic City, for which he received an Oscar nod as Best Director; his later works continued to push the envelope, including 1992's Damage. Married to actress Candice Bergen since 1980, Malle died Nov. 23, 1995, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Louis Malle in My Dinner with André

My Dinner with André

1981 NR

A bold experiment in film narrative that paid off in critical raves and cult status, Louis Malle's drama consists almost entirely of the dinner conversation of two real-life friends. More or less playing themselves, Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn wrote their own dialogue, which ranges in subject from the New York theater world to rain forests, and in tone from hilarious to heartbreaking.

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  • Louis Malle in Au Revoir Les Enfants Au Revoir Les Enfants
  • Louis Malle in The Lovers The Lovers
  • Louis Malle in Atlantic City Atlantic City
  • Louis Malle in Zazie dans le Métro Zazie dans le Métro
  • Louis Malle in Murmur of the Heart Murmur of the Heart
  • Louis Malle in Vanya on 42nd Street Vanya on 42nd Street
  • Louis Malle in Documentaries of Louis Malle: Vive Le Tour Documentaries of Louis Malle: Vive Le Tour
  • Louis Malle in The Fire Within The Fire Within
  • Louis Malle in Calcutta Calcutta
  • Louis Malle in Phantom India Phantom India
  • Louis Malle in Lacombe Lucien Lacombe Lucien
  • Louis Malle in Black Moon Black Moon
  • Louis Malle in God's Country God's Country
  • Louis Malle in ... And the Pursuit of Happiness ... And the Pursuit of Happiness