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Albert Lamorisse Biography

  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer
  • Born: Jan 13, 1922
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse is best remembered for making the exquisite short [[Feature~V40656~The Red Balloon~theredballoon]](1956) a whimsical fantasy in which a French boy is befriended by a magical red balloon. The short earned him both a grand prize at Cannes and an American Oscar. Lamorisse started out as a photographer and began making short films in the late 1940s. The poetic simplicity of his short- and medium-length films gained him an international reputation. His 1952 short, [[Feature~V54316~White Mane,~crinblanc]] an account of how a young boy gentles an untamable wild white stallion, also took top prizes at Cannes and the American Oscars. He unsuccessfully tried his hand at feature-length films in the early '60s and then returned to making short documentaries. Tragically, while making The Lover's Wind (1970) in Teheran, Lamorrise was killed in a helicopter crash. Using his production notes, the film was edited and released in 1978 and earned him a posthumous Oscar for "Best Feature Documentary." ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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