Gérard Blain

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"Touted early on as a French James Dean after performances for directors Julien Duvivier, François Truffaut, and Claude Chabrol, actor Gérard Blain soon became disenchanted with the routine thrillers, dramas and romances he was being offered—so he decided to make his own cinema, his own way. Inspired by the transcendental trio of Ozu, Dreyer, and Bresson, Blain made his debut as a director with Les Amis, which won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in 1971. From here Blain developed a sober, precise, minimalist approach, and a body of work situated as a protest against a world that had lost its way."—Metrograph