14 Facts About Louis Malle


Louis Marie Malle was a French film director, screenwriter, and producer who worked in both French cinema and Hollywood.


Louis Malle co-directed the landmark underwater documentary The Silent World with Jacques Cousteau, which won the 1956 and the 1957 Academy Award for Best Documentary.


Louis Malle is one of only four directors to have won the Golden Lion twice.


Louis Malle was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1991.


Louis Malle was born into a wealthy industrialist family in Thumeries, Nord, France, the son of Francoise and Pierre Louis Malle.


Louis Malle depicted these events in his autobiographical film Au revoir les enfants.


Louis Malle worked as co-director and cameraman with Jacques Cousteau on the documentary The Silent World, which won an Oscar and the at the 1956 Academy Awards and Cannes Film Festival, respectively.

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Louis Malle assisted Robert Bresson on A Man Escaped before making his first feature, Ascenseur pour l'echafaud in 1957.


Louis Malle is sometimes associated with the nouvelle vague, but his work does not directly fit in with or correspond to the auteurist theories that apply to the work of Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer and others, and he had nothing to do with Cahiers du cinema.


Louis Malle visited India in 1968, and made the seven-part documentary series L'Inde fantome: Reflexions sur un voyage and the documentary film Calcutta, which was released in cinemas.


Louis Malle later said his documentary on India was his favorite film.


Louis Malle later moved to the United States and continued to direct there.


Louis Malle was married to actress Anne-Marie Deschodt from 1965 to 1967.


Louis Malle died of lymphoma, aged 63, at their home in Beverly Hills, California, on November 23,1995.