Jean-Claude Carrière

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Jean-Claude Carrière
Jean-Claude Carrière à la BNF.jpg
Jean-Claude Carrière in 2008
Born (1931-09-17) 17 September 1931 (age 89)
OccupationNovelist, screenwriter, actor, director
Years active1957–present

Jean-Claude Carrière (French: [ka.ʁjɛʁ]; born 17 September 1931) is a French novelist, screenwriter, actor, and Academy Award honoree.[1] He was an alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud and was president of La Fémis, the French state film school. Carrière was a frequent collaborator with Luis Buñuel on the screenplays of Buñuel's late French films.

Life and career[edit]

Carrière was born in Colombières-sur-Orb, France, the son of Alice and Felix Carrière, a farmer.[2] He published his first novel, Lézard, in 1957. He was introduced to Jacques Tati, who had him write short novels based on his films. Through Tati, he met Pierre Étaix, with whom Carrière wrote and directed several films, including Heureux Anniversaire, which won them the Academy Award for Best Short Subject. His nineteen-year collaboration with Buñuel began with the film Diary of a Chambermaid (1964); he co-wrote the screenplay with Buñuel and also played the part of a village priest. Carrière and the director would collaborate on the scripts of nearly all Buñuel's later films, including Belle de Jour (1967), The Milky Way (1969), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), The Phantom of Liberty (1974) and That Obscure Object of Desire (1977).

He also wrote screenplays for The Tin Drum (1979), Danton (1983), The Return of Martin Guerre (1982), La dernière image (1986), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Valmont (1989), Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), Birth (2004), and Goya's Ghosts, and co-wrote Max, Mon Amour (1986) with director Nagisa Oshima. He also collaborated with Peter Brook on a nine-hour stage version of the ancient Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata, and a five-hour film version. In 1998 he provided the libretto for Hans Gefors fifth opera Clara, which was premiered at the Opéra-Comique in Paris.[3]

His work in television includes the series Les aventures de Robinson Crusoë (1964), a French-West German production much seen overseas.

In 2012, Carrière and Umberto Eco published a book of conversations on the future of information carriers.[4]





  • The Suitor (1962) - Le présentateur TV (uncredited)
  • Diary of a Chambermaid (1964) - Le curé
  • The Milky Way (1969) - Priscillian
  • Alliance (1969) - Hugues
  • Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide (1971) - François, le mari de Nathalie
  • Serious as Pleasure (1975) - Le chef d'étage (uncredited)
  • Le jeu du solitaire (1976) - Luc
  • Le jardin des supplices (1976) - Le commandant du navire
  • Julie pot de colle (1977) - Le conseiller marocain
  • Surprise Sock (1978) - Fournier
  • Ils sont grands, ces petits (1979) - Le psychiatre (uncredited)
  • The Associate (1979) - Un homme à la lecture du testament (uncredited)
  • L'amour nu (1981) - Le professeur
  • Vive les femmes! (1984) - Le sourd-muet
  • The Night and the Moment (1994) - The Governor
  • Jaya Ganga (1996) - Professor
  • Buñuel y la mesa del rey Salomón (2001) - David Goldman
  • Avida (2006) - Le riche paranoîaque
  • Tajnata kniga (2006) - Pierre Reymond
  • Certified Copy (2010) - L'homme de la place
  • La fameuse invasion des ours en Sicile (2019) - Vieil Ours (voice)


  1. ^ Sinha-Roy, Piya (28 August 2014). "Belafonte, Miyazaki to receive Academy's Governors Awards". Reuters. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Jean-Claude Carriere Biography (1931-)".
  3. ^ Mälhammar, Åsa. Report from Stockholm, Sweden. Opera, October 2001, Vol 52 No.10, p1247.
  4. ^ Clee, Nicholas (27 May 2012). "This is Not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco and Jean-Claude Carrière – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards 2015". Press Information Bureau. Archived from the original on 26 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.

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