French filmmaker, screenwriter and producer, Albert Lamorisse was born January 13, 1922 in Paris, France. He is best remembered for making the exquisite short The Red Balloon(1956), starring his son Pascal. It is a whimsical fantasy in which a French boy is befriended by a magical red balloon. The short earned him both a grand prize at Cannes and an American Oscar. Lamorisse started out as a photographer and began making short films in the late 1940s. The poetic simplicity of his short- and medium-length films gained him an international reputation. His 1952 short, White Mane, an account of how a young boy gentles an untameable wild white stallion, also took top prizes at Cannes and the American Oscars. He unsuccessfully tried his hand at feature-length films in the early ‘60s and then returned to making short documentaries. Tragically, while making The Lover’s Wind (1970) in Tehran, Lamorisse was killed in a helicopter crash. Using his production notes, the film was edited and released… read more
this man was a poet disguised as filmmaker, died too soon in a tragic way. I wonder how much more amazing movies he would do if alive. french directors always have that 'poetic' touch in their films, that's why they managed to create beautiful, touching and pure movies trough the history of making movies! Lamorisse is no exception!