C. S. Leigh

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C. S. Leigh
Christian Leigh

1964 (age 54–55)

C. S. Leigh (born 1964, died 2016[1]) was a British-American film director based in London and Paris, who previously worked as a curator under the name Christian Leigh[2]. From 1987 to 1993 he was a well known figure in the New York art world until he abruptly "disappeared". An exhibition about his career as a curator and the mystery of his disappearance took place in 2012.[3] In 1998 he premiered his directing debut Sentimental Education under his own name Christian Leigh. His 2001 film Far from China starred singer and actress Marianne Faithfull and featured original music by Suede.[4] His 2005 film See You at Regis Debray is about Andreas Baader.[5] His last release was A Quiet American: Ralph Rucci & Paris, a documentary about fashion designer Ralph Rucci. Projection, starring Lars Eidinger and Yekaterina Golubeva, is currently in post-production.

Leigh's films are characterised by long takes (Giorgos Arvanitis is a frequent collaborator), minimal dialogue, 'extreme' content and references to art of all varieties. Welsh musician John Cale has composed music for two of his films: Process (2004) and American Widow (2009). Japanese sound artist Ryoji Ikeda composed music for his film See You at Regis Debray (2005).


  • Sentimental Education (1998)
  • Far from China (2001)
  • Nude, Descending... (2002)
  • Process (2004)
  • See You at Regis Debray (2005)
  • American Widow (2009)
  • A Quiet American: Ralph Rucci & Paris (2012)
  • Projection (in postproduction)


  1. ^ C. S. Leigh: A Life (1964-2016)
  2. ^ "The Trouble with Christian: Whatever Happened to Christian Leigh". www.alexiworth.com. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  3. ^ "Notorious (Christian Leigh)". frieze.com. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  4. ^ That First Camera No Longer Exists: C.S. Leigh
  5. ^ "Sneak Preview of a New Film by CS Leigh". Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2013-08-27.

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