René Clément( 18 March 1913 - 17 March 1996 )
René Clément was a French film director and screenwriter.
Clément studied architecture at the >École des Beaux-Arts where he developed an interest in filmmaking. In 1936, he directed his first film, a 20-minute short written by and featuring Jacques Tati. Clément spent the latter part of the 1930s making documentaries in parts of the Middle East and Africa. In 1937, he and archaeologist Jules Barthou were in Yemen making preparations to film a documentary, the first ever of that country and one that includes the only known film image of Imam Yahya.
Almost ten years passed before Clément directed a feature but his French Resistance film, La Bataille du rail , gained much critical and commercial success. From there Clément became one of his country's most successful and respected...