It would be almost ten years before Clément directed a feature film but his 1945 story of the French Resistance titled La Bataille du rail garnered much critical acclaim and commercial success. From there René Clément went on to become one of his country's most successful and respected directors, garnering numerous awards including two films that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the first in 1950 for The Walls of Malapaga (Au-delà des grilles) and the second time two years later for Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits). Film critic Leonard Maltin said "Jeux interdits is almost unquestionably the most compelling and intensely poignant drama featuring young children ever filmed."[cite this quote] Clément had international success with several films but his star-studded 1966 epic Is Paris Burning?, written by Gore Vidal and Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Paul Graetz was a costly box office failure.
Clément continued to make a few films until his retirement in 1975, including an international success with Rider On The Rain that starred Charles Bronson and Marlène Jobert. In 1984 the French motion picture industry honored his lifetime contribution to film with a special César Award.
René Clément died in 1996 and was buried in the local cemetery in Menton on the French Riviera where he had spent his years in retirement.
René Clément Facts
|Birthday||March 18, 1913|
|Date of death||March 17, 1996 (age 82)|