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The very international actor-director-writer-producer, Born in Tehran to Jean-William Schroeder, a Swiss geologist, and his wife Ursula, a German physician. Grew up in Central Africa and, from the ages of 7 to 11, in Colombia. Student at the Sorbonne in France
Schroeder’s production company “Les Films du Losange”, founded by him at age 23, produced some of the best-known films of the French New Wave. His directorial debut, More (1969), about heroin addiction, became a hit in Europe. Pink Floyd wrote music for this movie and released the album, Soundtrack from the Film More. They also wrote the soundtrack for his 1972 film La Vallée, released as the album Obscured by Clouds.
He later went on to direct more mainstream Hollywood fare, such as Barfly (1987) starring Mickey Rourke, Single White Female (1992), and Reversal of Fortune (1990), for which Jeremy Irons as Claus von Bülow received an Academy Award. Despite his many commercially successful films, Schroeder continues to be interested in making smaller films with a more limited audience, such as the adaptation of Colombian writer Fernando Vallejo’s controversial novel La virgen de los sicarios (2000) or the documentary General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait (1974), featuring extensive interviews with the Ugandan dictator and Terror’s advocate (2007) about terrorism in the last 50 years seen through the eyes of a lawyer, Jacques Vergès, and his clients.
Schroeder has also made some appearances as an actor: playing one of the ‘ghosts’ in Jacques Rivette’s Céline et Julie vont en bateau (Céline and Julie Go Boating), his cameo as the President of France in Mars Attacks! (1996), a hair products salesman in Paris, je t’aime (2006) and the mechanic in The Darjeeling Limited (2007). (wikipedia)
After being engaged to Bulle Ogier for nearly 25 years, he finally married her in Las Vegas in the early 2000s
Below, his selection for Sight and Sound’s poll, 2002Read less