Alexandre Astruc

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Alexandre Astruc
Alexandre Astruc 1965.jpg
Alexandre Astruc, c.1965
Born(1923-07-13)13 July 1923
Died19 May 2016(2016-05-19) (aged 92)
Genrefilm director
Notable awardsRené Clair Award

Alexandre Astruc (French:  [astʁyk] ; 13 July 1923 – 19 May 2016) was a French film critic and film director. [1]



Before becoming a film director he was a journalist, novelist and film critic. [2] His contribution to the auteur theory centers on his notion of the caméra-stylo or "camera-pen" and the idea that directors should wield their cameras like writers use their pens. [3] [4]

In 1994 he was awarded the René Clair Award for his whole body of film work.

Selected filmography

(s) indicates films also co-scripted by Astruc


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  1. Ronald Bergan. "Alexandre Astruc obituary". The Guardian.
  2. Martin, Marcel (1971) France. London: A. Zwemmer; p. 11
  3. Alexandre Astruc, "The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: La Caméra-Stylo," in The New Wave, ed. Peter Graham, pp. 17-23. Trans. from "Naissance d'une nouvelle avant-garde: la caméra-stylo," L'Écran Français 144, 30 March 1948.
  4. Astruc, Alexandre (1948). "The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: La Caméra-Stylo". New Wave Film. Retrieved 2 March 2018.