Jean-Claude Carriere is a French playwright, writer, screen-writer for both the theatre and the cinema, director and actor, ‘encyclopaedist from the Lumiere brothers’ age’, as he himself remarks. He is a passionate collector of books – he owns a 30 000 volume library, 2000 of which are antique editions.
Carriere was born on the 17th of September, 1931, in a family of winemakers whose home did not contain a single book. At the age of five, he reads ‘Indian Stories and Legends’ which sparks a lingering interest in the Indian epos. After completing a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in History, he abandons his pursuit of History for drawing and writing.
In 1957, Carriere publishes his debut novel, ‘Lizard’, and meets with the film director Pierre Etaix by whose side he takes the first steps in the visual arts, co-authoring short and feature films. His cooperation with Louis Bunuel continues for the last twenty years of Etaix’s life. At the same time, Carriere pursues a career as a playwright, also adapting films by the directors Miloŝ Forman, Volker Schlöndorff, Wayne Wong, Patrice Chéreau, Jean-Luc Godard, Carlos Saura, Andrzej Wajda and Peter Brook. Jean-Claude Carriere has screen-written 135 films in the period from 1961 to 2012, amongst which ‘That Obscure Object of Desire’ (1977), ‘The Tin Drum’ (1979), ‘The Return of Casanova’ (1992) – adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s novel – ‘The Horseman on the Roof’ (1995), ‘Goya’s Ghosts’ (2007), etc. Carriere is also famous for adaptations of literary work such as ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ and ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’. His film-related biography includes ten awards (including an Oscar) and twelve nominations.
Jean-Claude Carriere has also authored novels, articles, plays, poems, as well as the world-famous ‘Dictionnaire de la Bêtise et des Erreurs de Judgement’. A few of his works are already acknowledged as bibliographical rarity.

Jean-Claude Carrière

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