THE LOUIS MALLE COLLECTION

Louis Malle is one of the greatest French directors. Never recognised officially as a member of the French New Wave, Louis Malle’s feature career began at the same time and with a similar level of exuberance. After co-directing the Oscar-winning documentary 'The Silent World' with Jacques Cousteau, Louis Malle made his debut with the Miles Davis-scored 'Lift to the Scaffold'. An electric jolt of a thriller, it made a star of Jeanne Moreau, who also appeared in the director’s second film 'The Lovers' which caused major controversy because of the film's sexual nature. Malle caught the craziness of the 1960s with the delightful 'Zazie dans le Metro' and made one of his most intense films of that decade with 'The Fire Within'. Over the next 30 years, he produced an eclectic body of work that spanned youth angst and the rise of the feminist movement in the 1970s ('Black Moon'), social drama ('Milou en Mai') and a frequently hilarious deconstruction of the art of drama ('My Dinner with Andre'). Above all, Malle is likely to be best remembered for two of the most powerful films about occupied France. 'Lacombe, Lucien' was shocking in its time for the way it challenged assumptions about the role of the Resistance during the Second World War. While the semi-autobiographical 'Au Revoir les Enfants' is a moving tale of two boys’ – one Jewish, the other gentile – experiences under Nazi rule. This collection is the perfect place to begin a journey into this extraordinary director’s work.

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