Claude Pinoteau

Claude Pinoteau

French screenwriter, film director, producer.
Date of Birth: 25.05.1925
Country: France

  1. Biography of Claude Pinoteau
  2. Early Career
  3. Breakthrough and Success
  4. Later Career and Legacy

Biography of Claude Pinoteau

Claude Pinoteau was a French screenwriter, film director, and producer. He was born on May 25, 1925, in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Pinoteau was the son of director Lucien Pinoteau and the brother of another film director, Jacques Pinoteau. He was also related to the renowned comedian and singer Arlette Merry, who was his sister.

Claude Pinoteau

Early Career

Pinoteau began his career in the film industry as a costume designer and assistant director. He worked as an assistant to Henri Verneuil during the filming of "Monkey in Winter" and Claude Lelouch on the set of "Adventure is Adventure." He also collaborated on the screenplay of Lelouch's films "Love Is a Funny Thing" (1969) and "The Crook" (1970). Pinoteau directed several short films before making his feature film debut in 1973 with "Le Silencieux" (The Silent One), starring Lino Ventura.

Breakthrough and Success

In 1974, Pinoteau directed his second film, "La Gifle" (The Slap), which starred Lino Ventura, Annie Girardot, and Isabelle Adjani. The film brought Adjani widespread recognition and earned her the Italian David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Newcomer Actress. Pinoteau also received the Louis Delluc Prize for the film. His biggest successes came with the films "La Boum" (1980) and its sequel "La Boum 2" (1982), which launched the career of actress Sophie Marceau.

Later Career and Legacy

In 1988, Pinoteau directed "L'Étudiante" (The Student), starring Sophie Marceau. Although not officially a sequel to "La Boum," the film featured Marceau and had moderate success. In 2005, Pinoteau ventured into documentary filmmaking with "Un abbé nommé Pierre, une vie pour les autres" (Abbe Pierre: A Life for Others), which became his final film. He passed away on October 5, 2012, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, after a long illness, rumored to be cancer.

Claude Pinoteau left a significant impact on French cinema through his diverse filmography, collaborations with talented actors, and his ability to capture the essence of youth and relationships in his works. He will be remembered as a talented filmmaker and storyteller.