Jean-Claude Carrière (1931–2021)

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Jean-Claude Carrière was born on September 17, 1931 in Colombières-sur-Orb, Hérault, France. He was a writer and actor, known for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and The Nail Clippers (1969). He was previously married to Augusta Bouy, Nicole Janin and Nahal Tajadod. He died on February 8, 2021... See full bio »


(age 89) in Paris, France

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 2022 The Innocent (one shot - uncredited)
 2021 The Crusade (scenario)
 2020 The Salt of Tears (scenario and dialogue)
 2018 A Faithful Man (scenario)
 2018 At Eternity's Gate (written by)
 2017 Lover for a Day (screenplay)
 2015 A Bigger Splash (adaptation by) / (dialogue by)
 2015 In the Shadow of Women (scenario - dialogue)
 2015 Isabella Rossellini's Green Porno Live (TV Movie documentary) (monologues written by - as Jean-Claude Carrier)
 2012 The Patience Stone (scenario)
 2011 Memories of My Melancholy Whores (screenplay)
 2011 Carrière, 250 metros (Documentary)
 2010 The 4th Wall (adapted from the play 'L'Aide Mémoire' by)
 2007 Ulzhan (scenario)
 2006 Marie-Antoinette (TV Movie)
 2006 Goya's Ghosts (written by)
 2006 Le rêve (TV Series documentary) (commentary)
 2005 Galilée ou L'amour de Dieu (TV Movie)
 2004 Old Goriot (TV Movie) (adaptation and dialogue)
 2004 Birth (written by)
 2003 Les Thibault (TV Mini Series) (writer)
 2003 Rien, voilà l'ordre (writer)
 2003 Terasa (TV Movie) (book)
 2002 Ruy Blas (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 2002 Lettre d'une inconnue (TV Movie) (written by)
 2002 La bataille d'Hernani (TV Movie) (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 2001 Diamond Earrings (TV Movie) (screenplay)
 2000 Bérénice (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 2000 Salsa
 1999 Broken Dolls (story - uncredited)
 1998 Clarissa (TV Movie) (written by)
 1998 War in the Highlands (writer)
 1998 Attaville, la véritable histoire des fourmis (Documentary) (commentary)
 1997 Chinese Box (screenplay) / (story)
 1997 Les paradoxes de Buñuel (Documentary)
 1996 Fragrance of the Past (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1996 The Associate (screenplay "L'Associé")
 1996 The Ogre
 1996 Golden Boy
 1996 Une femme explosive (TV Movie)
 1995 The Horseman on the Roof (written by)
 1995 La duchesse de Langeais (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1993 C'était la guerre (TV Movie)
 1993 Sommersby (film The Return of Martin Guerre)
 1992 La controverse de Valladolid (TV Movie)
 1991 At Play in the Fields of the Lord (screenplay by)
 1990 Bouvard et Pecuchet (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Part 2 (1990)
- Part 1 (1990)
 1990 Cyrano de Bergerac (adaptation)
 1990 L'héritage de la chouette (TV Mini Series documentary) (idea - 13 episodes)
- Cosmogonie ou L'usage du monde (1990) ... (idea)
 1990 May Fools (scenario)
  The Mahabharata (TV Mini Series) (adaptation - 3 episodes, 1990) (screenplay - 3 episodes, 1990)
- War (1990) ... (adaptation) / (screenplay)
- Game of Dice (1990) ... (adaptation) / (screenplay)
- Exile in the Forest (1990) ... (adaptation) / (screenplay)
 1989 J'écris dans l'espace (Documentary) (writer)
 1989 Entretiens du Louvre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1989 Valmont (writer)
 1989 Hard to Be a God (screenplay)
 1989 Une femme tranquille (TV Movie)
 1988 The Bengali Night (writer)
 1988 The Possessed (dialogue) / (scenario)
 1988 The Unbearable Lightness of Being (screenplay)
 1986 Oviri (scenario)
 1986 Max My Love (based on an idea by) / (scenario)
 1986 La dernière image (adaptation)
 1986 L'unique (dialogue)
 1986 La joven y la tentación (written by)
 1985 Auto défense (Short)
 1984 L'aide-mémoire (TV Movie)
 1984 Swann in Love
 1983 La tragédie de Carmen (adapted by - as Jean Claude Carriere)
 1983 Le jardinier récalcitrant (TV Movie)
 1983 Side Roads (scenario)
 1983 Credo (TV Movie)
 1983 Danton (scenario)
 1982 Antonieta (screenplay) / (story)
 1982 Les secrets de la princesse de Cadignan (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1982 Passion (uncredited)
 1982 Caméra une première (TV Series) (1 episode)
- L'accompagnateur (1982)
 1982 La cerisaie (TV Movie) (adaptation: French)
 1978-1982 Cinéma 16 (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- I Kill He (1982) ... (writer)
- Lundi (1980) ... (writer)
- Photo-souvenir (1978) ... (writer)
 1981 La double vie de Théophraste Longuet (TV Series) (adaptation - 3 episodes)
- Le Trésor (1981) ... (adaptation)
- Le Combat (1981) ... (adaptation)
- Le Mystère (1981) ... (adaptation)
 1981 Circle of Deceit (screenplay)
 1981 Black Mirror
 1981 Le bouffon (TV Movie)
 1980 Every Man for Himself (scenario)
 1979 Slachtvee (dialogue) / (screenplay)
 1979 Mesure pour mesure (TV Movie) (French adaptation)
 1979 L'associé (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1979 The Tin Drum (writer)
 1979 Return to the Beloved (writer)
 1979 Ils sont grands ces petits (adaptation)
 1979 L'homme en colère (writer)
 1978 Harold et Maud (TV Movie) (French adaptation)
 1978 Chaussette surprise (writer)
 1978 Un papillon sur l'épaule (scenario written by)
 1978 Le franc-tireur (TV Movie)
 1977 That Obscure Object of Desire (collaboration - as Jean-Claude Carriere)
 1977 Julie Gluepot
 1977 Podsjetnik (TV Movie)
 1977 Le gang
 1976 Jack the Ripper (screenplay - uncredited)
 1976 Scrambled Eggs (collaboration)
 1975 Timon d'Athènes (TV Movie)
 1975 Leonor
 1975 Weak Spot (scenario)
 1975 The Flesh of the Orchid (adaptation and dialogue by)
 1974 Ich suche Herrn Obolski (TV Movie) (comedy)
 1974 The Woman in Red Boots (screenplay and dialogue by - as Jean-Claude Carriere)
 1974 The Phantom of Liberty (collaboration)
 1974 Lifesize (adaptation)
 1974 France Inc. (collaboration)
 1974 Un amour de pluie (dialogue - uncredited)
 1974 Dorothea's Revenge (screenplay)
 1972 The Outside Man (screenplay) / (story)
 1972 The Monk (screenplay)
 1972 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (with the collaboration of)
 1972 Liza (screenplay)
 1971 A Few Hours of Sunlight (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1971 Taking Off (written by)
 1970 The Wedding Ring (novel) / (scenario and dialogue)
 1970 Borsalino
 1969 The Nail Clippers (Short) (written by)
 1969 Le Grand Amour (writer)
 1969 The Milky Way (writer)
 1969 La Piscine (adaptation and dialogue)
 1968 Pour un amour lointain (writer)
 1967 Belle de Jour (adaptation - as Jean-Claude Carriere) / (dialogue - as Jean-Claude Carriere)
 1967 The Thief of Paris (screenplay)
 1966 Hotel Paradiso (screenplay)
 1966 The Diabolical Dr. Z (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1966 Cartes sur table (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1966 As Long as You've Got Your Health (written by)
 1965 Viva Maria! (scenario and dialogue - as Jean-Claude Carriere)
 1965 The Lair of Love (Documentary)
 1965 Yoyo (scenario and adaptation)
 1964 La reine verte (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1964 Diary of a Chambermaid (adaptation and dialogue)
 1963 Insomnie (Short)
 1962 The Suitor
 1962 Happy Anniversary (Short) (as J.C. Carrière)
 1961 Rupture (Short)
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(2016 to 2017 season) Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne's stage adaptation of his play, "Battlefield (Mahabharata)," was performed in a Guthrie World Stage series presentation production at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater, McGuire Proscenium Stage, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Joseph Haj was artistic director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Jean-Claude Carrier | J.C. Carriere | Jean Claude Carriere | Jean-Claude Carriere | J.C. Carrière | Jean Claude Carrière


Augusta Bouy  (divorced)  (1 child) | See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Luis Buñuel] He said he worked with me because he understood my voice. Everything I said was nonsense, but at least he understood. See more »


He was friends with Delphine Seyrig. They got to know each other when he wrote the play "L'Aide-mémoire" for her. He later brought Luis Buñuel to see her acting on stage. This lead the director to cast the actress in The Milky Way (1969) and then in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972). See more »


Often collaborates with Volker Schlöndorff , Jacques Deray and Pierre Étaix See more »

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