New Wave French director, producer, and writer whose film Le Monde du silence won the Palme d'Or and the 1956 Oscar for Best Documentary.
He studied political science before studying film.
He moved to the U.S. later in his career and directed films like Atlantic City, Pretty Baby, and My Dinner With Andre.
He married Anne-Marie Deschodt in 1965, then married actress
His thriller Ascenseur pour l'échafaud featured an original score by Miles Davis.