Written by Jean-Claude Carrière

Written by Jean-Claude Carrière

13 Episodes

Few screenwriters have left such an indelible mark on art-house cinema as Jean-Claude Carrière (1931–2021). In an extraordinarily prolific career spanning six decades, Carrière left his formally inventive, thematically subversive signature on many of the most philosophically piquant films to emerge from Europe. Getting his start in close collaboration with the French comedian and filmmaker Pierre Etaix, Carrière soon found another steadfast artistic partner in Luis Buñuel (“I did a calculation once and worked out that the two of us had eaten together more than two thousand times,” Carrière once observed, “which is more than many couples have done”). He went on to become an in-demand writer for auteurs such as Jean-Luc Godard, Volker Schlöndorff, Andrzej Wajda, and Louis Malle, often drawing on his experience as a literary author to bring ambitious adaptations to the screen. From the brilliant satire of LE GRAND AMOUR to the dream logic of THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY and the visionary surrealism of THE TIN DRUM, Carrière’s unmistakable sensibility and dazzling intelligence illuminate his extraordinary body of work.

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Written by Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Rupture

    Episode 1

    Directed by Pierre Etaix and Jean-Claude Carrière • 1961 • France

    A man receives a breakup letter from his sweetheart. The pained lover decides to reply, yet his writing utensils conspire to thwart him.

  • Happy Anniversary

    Episode 2

    Directed by Pierre Etaix and Jean-Claude Carrière • 1962 • France

    A young woman waits and waits for her delayed husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

  • The Suitor

    Episode 3

    Directed by Pierre Etaix • 1963 • France

    Pierre Etaix’s first feature introduces the droll humor and oddball charm of its unique writer-director-star. As a tribute to Buster Keaton, Etaix fashioned this lovable story of a privileged yet sheltered young man (played by Etaix himself, in a nearly s...

  • Yoyo

    Episode 4

    Directed by Pierre Etaix • 1965 • France

    This elaborately conceived and brilliantly mounted comedy is Pierre Etaix’s most beloved movie, as well as his personal favorite. Beginning as a clever homage to silent film, complete with intertitles, YOYO blossoms into a poignant family saga (in which E...

  • As Long as You’ve Got Your Health

    Episode 5

    Directed by Pierre Etaix • 1966 • France

    In this endlessly diverting compendium of four short films, Pierre Etaix regards the 1960s from his askew but astute perspective. Each part is as technically impressive as it is riotous: a man attempts to read a novel about vampires beside his sleeping wi...

  • Belle de jour

    Episode 6

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1967 • France
    Starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli

    Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her after­noon hours working in a b...

  • Le grand amour

    Episode 7

    Directed by Pierre Etaix • 1969 • France

    Despite having a loving and patient wife at home, a good-natured suit-and-tie man, played by writer-director Pierre Etaix, finds himself hopelessly attracted to his gorgeous new secretary in this gently satirical tale of temptation. From this simple, stan...

  • The Phantom of Liberty

    Episode 8

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1974 • France
    Starring Michel Piccoli, Jean-Claude Brialy, Monica Vitti

    Bourgeois convention is demolished in Luis Buñuel’s surrealist gem THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY. Featuring an elegant soiree with guests seated at toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals ...

  • The Tin Drum

    Episode 9

    Directed by Volker Schlöndorff • 1979 • Germany
    Starring David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler

    Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the c...

  • Every Man for Himself

    Episode 10

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1980 • France
    Starring Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye

    After a decade in the wilds of avant-garde and early video experimentation, Jean-Luc Godard returned to commercial cinema with this star-driven work of social commentary, while remaining defiant...

  • Danton

    Episode 11

    Directed by Andrzej Wajda • 1983 • France

    Gérard Depardieu and Wojciech Pszoniak star in Andrzej Wajda's powerful, intimate depiction of the ideological clash between the earthy, man-of-the-people Georges Danton and icy Jacobin extremist Maximilien Robespierre, both key figures of the French Rev...

  • Swann in Love

    Episode 12

    Directed by Volker Schlöndorff • 1984 • France
    Starring Jeremy Irons, Ornella Muti, Alain Delon

    Volker Schlöndorff’s sumptuous adaptation of the first volume of Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” stars Jeremy Irons as the appropriately named Charles Swann, a beautiful bachelor, majestic in...

  • May Fools

    Episode 13

    Directed by Louis Malle • 1990 • France

    When a rash of strikes and political turmoil bubbles up in 1968 France, Milou (Michel Piccoli) finds himself unable to bury his mother.