MASTER CLASS, HOMAGE & SCREENING Claude Pinoteau, par amour du cinéma

  Thursday, March 26, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   //  FREE and open to the public

Claude Pinoteau, par amour du cinéma

With directors, cinematographers, screenwriters Pascal Galopin and David Maltese

Claude Pinoteau passed away on October 5th, 2012 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, at the age of 87. Before falling ill, he planned to return to Richmond to offer us a Master Class tracing his remarkable career as a filmmaker. In 1999, during the 7th French Film Festival, Claude presented one of his feature films Les Palmes de M. Schutz starring Isabelle Huppert and Charles Berling. Following that screening in the Byrd Theatre, the public quickly learned that Claude was not only a remarkable filmmaker but also such an integral part to so many aspects of the history of French cinema itself. His career began well before the 1960s. He climbed up, rung by rung, the career ladder (messenger, props man, assistant, stage manager, technical adviser, script supervisor/writer and even extra and a brief stint as an actor) before becoming a director himself. Indeed, he worked as first assistant to some of the most revered names in cinema:

Jean Cocteau, Max Ophüls, Jean-Pierre Melville, Henri Verneuil, Jean Giono, Gilles Grangier, René Clément, René Clair, Claude Lelouch, or Abel Gance, without forgetting his brother, Jack Pinoteau.

In his own right, Claude leaves behind a filmography composed of eleven feature films, one documentary and four short films, without counting his participation as screenwriter on numerous films. As a director, Claude Pinoteau demonstrated his gift for « discovering » and revealing on screen “promising” new actors and actresses. He is responsible for having contributed directly to some very distinguished careers. Sophie Marceau, Isabelle Adjani, Isabelle Huppert, Elizabeth Bourgine, Géraldine Pailhas, Béatrice Agenin, Brigitte Fossey, Vincent Lindon, Charles Berling, Vincent Perez, and so many others started under the leadership of Claude or pursued successful careers thanks to him.

Through the remarkable filmmaking of Pascal Galopin and David Maltese in their documentary Claude Pinoteau, par amour du cinema, one has the impression that Claude is talking to us, offering us that Master Class he wished to give here in 2012.

Following this special Master Class screening, Pascal Galopin and David Maltese will share more stories from their years of friendship with Claude. They will be joined by Karine Pinoteau, daughter of Claude & Birte Pinoteau. The discussions promise to be rich and full of insights given the fact that many members of the French delegation at this year’s Festival knew or worked with Claude. This Master Class is a celebration of the life and career of our friend, a true artisan of cinema, Claude Pinoteau.


director Pascal Galopin, David Maltese

cinematographers Pascal Galopin, David Maltese, Romain Petit

screenwriters Pascal Galopin, David Maltese

music composers Lucas Albert, Thierry Desseaux, Julien Billeaud

producer Pascal Galopin, David Maltese

starring Charles Berling, Elizabeth Bourgine, Elie Chouraqui, Vladimir Cosma, Jean-Loup Dabadie, Brigitte Fossey, Costa Gavras, Alexandra Gonin, Rémy Julienne, Claude Lelouch, Sophie Marceau, Géraldine Phailhas, Jack Pinoteau, Nicolas Seydoux, Danièle, Thompson, Carole Weisweiller, Aurélien Wiik, Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

running time 1h05 min