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 The Lovers

The Lovers

1958 NR

Bored with both her husband and her lover, housewife Jeanne Tournier (Jeanne Moreau) spends a passionate night with attractive archeologist Bernard Dubois-Lambert (Jean-Marc Bory), a tryst that leads her to rethink her life. Upon its 1958 release, Louis Malle's visually poetic erotic drama created international controversy, including the arrest of a Cleveland theater owner for obscenity in a case that eventually went to the Supreme Court.

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