Claude Lelouch

Claude Barruck Joseph Lelouch, born October 30, 1937, is a French film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and composer. He is best known for directing and writing the screenplay for the 1966 film “A Man and a Woman,” which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Lelouch has directed over 40 films and has received numerous awards and nominations, including the César Award for Best Director. Lelouch was briefly considered one of the most influential movie directors in Europe. Lelouch’s 1967 film, “La Bonne Année,” was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Award. We’ll help you celebrate his special day right here.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Claude Barruck Joseph Lelouc

Birth date:

October 30, 1937



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Net Worth:

$1.5 million

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Claude Lelouch is a household name in the French film industry, best known for directing, scripting, writing, producing, and acting in movies. He was born Claude Barruck Joseph Lelouch on October 30, 1937, in Paris, France. His Zodiac sign is Scorpio, while his nationality is French. He was raised and grew up in an Algerian Jewish family. Lelouch began his filming and producing career at a young age when his father bought him a camera. With the camera hidden under his coat, he filmed reports on the daily life of the Soviet Union. He also filmed sporting events such as the Tour de France. As a director, his first feature-length film was “Le Propre de L’homme,” but he was met with criticism. Lelouch’s critical acclaim was the 1966 “A Man and A Woman,” romantic melodrama.

In the 1960s, he became one of the most influential directors in Europe after winning Palme d’Or at Canne and a Grand Prix award for the film “A Man and A Woman.” Over the years, Lelouch’s films have dealt with sex, crime, and politics. Lelouch has directed over 40 films in his career, with fans having a divided opinion regarding his method and style of filming. His film “La Femme Spectacle” (1963) was censored for having misogynist tendencies. 1981, he directed the film “Les Uns et Les Autres” which is considered his masterpiece. Lelouch has collaborated several times with Francis Lai, music closer on several musicals.

Lelouch holds two Oscar awards for the film “A Man and Woman,” and a Palme d’Or for the same movie. He won the David di Donatello award for Best Foreign Directing in 1971. In 2005, Lelouch was awarded Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Lelouch has had different relationships over the years with Christene Barbelivine (1968) and Gunilla Friden (1975). He was married to Alessandra Martines (1993 to 2009), Marie-Sophie L. (1986 to 1992), and Éverylne Bouix (1980 to 1985). According to the available data, he has seven children, and he is currently single.

Career timeline

His Directorial Film Debut

Claude Lelouch starts his career as an assistant director on several films, but makes his directorial debut with the film “Le Propre de l’homme.”

Lelouch’s First Feature Film

Lelouch's first feature film, “A Man and a Woman,” is released and is a massive critical and commercial success.

He Releases a Musical Epic

Lelouch directs the musical epic “Les Uns et Les Autres,” which is considered his masterpiece.

A President of the Jury

Lelouch becomes the jury president at the 18th Moscow International Film Festival.

He Launches a “Remake”

Lelouch begins working on a remake of his 1976 film “C'était un Rendez-Vous” titled “Le Grand Rendez-Vous.”

Why We Love Claude Lelouch

  1. He is a great director

    Claude Lelouch has directed great films throughout his career. These include classics such as “Le Propre de L'homme” (1962), “A Man and Woman (1966), and “Best Years of Life” (2019).

  2. He is hardworking

    He started by making short films before becoming a producer, screenwriter, and director. He has won several awards, including two Oscars.

  3. He is a master of writing and directing crime stories

    He has created several films surrounding crime and sex. Notable examples include “Cat and Mouse,” which has established him as a master in writing and directing crime stories.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. He failed the baccalaureat

    Claude Lelouch’s father bought him a camera after he failed baccalaureat, the French national academic qualification students obtain after completing their secondary education.

  2. He has directed over 50 films

    Lelouch has directed over 50 films in his entire career, though his filming style has attracted a lot of criticism from his fans.

  3. He has been married three times

    He was married to Alessandra Martines (1993 to 2009), Marie-Sophie L. (1986 to 1992), and Everylne Bouix (1980 to 1985).

  4. His family is Algerian Jewish

    His father was an Algerian Jewish, while his mother converted to Judaism.

  5. He once was Europe’s most popular director

    Lelouch was briefly considered one of the most influential directors in Europe.

Claude Lelouch FAQs

What is the net worth of Claude Lelouch?

The net worth of Lelouch is $1.5 Million.

Who is Lelouch dating?

Lelouch is currently single.

How many children does Lelouch have?

Lelouch has seven children in total.

Claude Lelouch’s birthday dates

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