Louis Malle

1932 (Thumeries, France) – 1995 (Beverly Hills, Calif.)

Malle worked for Cousteau (on a prizewinning film) as a cinematographer, bursting his eardrums shooting underwater. Tati also employed him as cinematographer, and Bresson as assistant director. He met Davis through Gréco, and asked him to compose the score for his first film as director; Moreau ran the bar during all-night recording, the film made her a star, and she became Malle’s lover for several years. Truffaut, a friend and admirer, recalled being mistaken on the street for the handsome Malle. He was working with Guare when he died, and had been working with Malick intermittently for some time.

Louis Malle knew…