Alexandre Astruc

Alexandre Astruc, c.1965

Alexandre Astruc (French: [astʁyk]; 13 July 1923 – 19 May 2016) was a French film critic and film director.[1]


Before becoming a film director he was a journalist, novelist and film critic.[2] His contribution to the auteur theory centers on his notion of the caméra-stylo or "camera-pen" and the idea that directors should wield their cameras like writers use their pens.[3]

In 1994 he was awarded the René Clair Award for his whole body of film work.

Selected filmography

(s) indicates films also co-scripted by Astruc



  1. Ronald Bergan. "Alexandre Astruc obituary". the Guardian.
  2. Martin, Marcel (1971) France. London: A. Zwemmer; p. 11
  3. Alexandre Astruc, "The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: La Caméra-Stylo,” in The New Wave, ed. Peter Graham. Trans. from Ecran Français 144, 30 March 1948.


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