Maurice Pialat( 31 August 1925 - 11 January 2003 )
Maurice Pialat was a French film director, screenwriter and actor noted for the rigorous and unsentimental style of his films. His work is often described as being "realist", though many film critics acknowledge that it does not fit the traditional definition of realism.
Pialat originally intended to become a painter, but met with little success. Having acquired a camera at age 16, he tried his hand at documentary films before making his first notable short, L'Amour existe, in 1960.
Pialat came to filmmaking late. He directed his feature-length debut, 1969's L'Enfance Nue at the age of 44. The film, which was co-produced by French New Wave director >François Truffaut, won the Prix Jean Vigo.
During his 35-year career, Pialat completed only ten major features, many of which—most...