André Cayatte

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André Cayatte
Born Marcel Truc
(1909-02-03)3 February 1909
Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Died 6 February 1989(1989-02-06) (aged 80)
Paris, France
Awards Golden Lion
1950 Justice est faite
1960 Le Passage du Rhin

André Cayatte (3 February 1909, Carcassonne – 6 February 1989, Paris) was a French New Wave filmmaker and lawyer, who became known for his films centering on themes of crime, justice, and moral responsibility, themes which Cayatte persisted in affirming regardless of changing contemporary attitudes.

He began his directoral career at the German-controlled Continental Films during the French occupation. Some of Cayatte's earlier films that addressed his characteristic themes include Justice est faite (Justice is Done, 1950), Nous sommes tous des assassins (We Are All Murderers, 1952), and Le passage du Rhin (Tomorrow Is My Turn) (1960).

In 1963, André Cayatte undertook a bold experiment in film narrative with a set of two films entitled Jean-Marc ou La vie conjugale (Anatomy of a Marriage: My Days with Jean-Marc), and Françoise ou La vie conjugale (Anatomy of a Marriage: My Days with Françoise). Anatomy of a Marriage tells the same story from two different points of view, forming a cinematic pairing that anticipated later works like Alain ResnaisSmoking/No Smoking (1993).

His 1973 film Il n'y a pas de fumée sans feu won the Silver Bear Special Jury Prize at the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

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  1. ^ "Berlinale 1973: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-06-28. 

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