Frank, Christopher


Frank, Christopher
(December 5, 1942, Beaconsfield, England, UK-November 20, 1993, Paris, France)
   He made his secondary studies in France before returning in 1960 to England, where he worked as a stage electrician and assistant to Roger Blin, who directed the London production of Jean Genet's The Blacks. Having settled in Paris in 1962, he earned his living as translator and writer for a press agency. A novelist since 1967 (Mortelle, Editions du Seuil), he became very much in demand as a screenwriter (1974 Le Mouton enragé / Il montone infuriato / UK: Love at the Top / USA: The French Way Is, as screenwriter, adapter, dialogist, Michel Deville, France / Italy; 1975 L'Important c'est d'aimer / L'importante è amare / Nachtblende / UK: The Main Thing Is to Love / USA: That Most Important Thing: Love, as co-screenwriter, co-adapter, dialogist, Andrzej Zulawski, France / Italy / West Germany; 1977 Les Passagers / Viaggio di paura / US video: The Intruder, as co-screenwriter, co-adapter, dialogist, Serge Leroy, France / Italy; L'Homme pressé / L'ultimo giorno d'amore / UK: The Hurried Man, as co-screenwriter, co-adapter, co-dialogist, France / Italy; 1978 Attention, les Enfants regardent, as co-screenwriter, co-adapter, dialogist, Serge Leroy; 1979 Clair de Femme / Chiaro di donna / Die Liebe einer Frau / USA: Womanlight, as co-screenwriter, Costa-Gavras, France / Italy / West Germany; La Dérobade / USA: Memoirs of a French Whore, as screenwriter, co-adapter, dialogist, Daniel Duval; 1980 Trois Hommes à abattre / UK: Three Men to Destroy / US video: Three Men to Kill, as co-screenwriter, co-adapter, dialogist, Jacques Deray; 1981 Pour la Peau d'un Flic, as co-screenwriter, co-adapter, dialogist, Alain Delon; Eaux profondes / USA: Deep Water, as co-screenwriter, co-adapter, dialogist, Michel Deville; Une Etrange Affaire, as co-screenwriter, co-adapter, dialogist, Pierre Granier-Deferre; 1983 Le Battant / US video: Ice, as co-screenwriter, co-adapter, dialogist, Alain Delon; L'Ami de Vincent, as co-screenwriter, co-adapter, dialogist; 1986 Cours privé, as co-screenwriter, co-dialogist, Pierre Granier-Deferre; 1987 Malone, as screenwriter, adapter, dialogist, Harley Cockliss, USA; 1989 El sueno del mono loco / El mono loco / Le Rêve du Singe fou / USA: Twisted Obsession / The Mad Monkey, as co-screenwriter, Spain / France; 1992 L'Atlantide, Bob Swaim, France / Italy; 1993 O fio do horizonte / Le Fil de l'Horizon / La linea del horizonte / Fluchtpunkt, Fernando Lopes, Portugal / France / Spain / Germany; 1995 Machinations, TV, as co-screenwriter, Gérard Vergez). He died of a heart attack at age fifty after completing the shooting of Elles n'oublient jamais.
 Filmography
1982 ◘ Josépha (also original novel, screenwriter, dialogist)
1984 ◘ Femmes de Personne / UK and USA: Nobody's Women (also screenwriter, dialogist)
        ◘ L'Année des Méduses / USA: Year of the Jellyfish (also original novel, screenwriter, dialogist)
1987 ◘ Spirale (also screenwriter, dialogist)
1994 ◘ Elles n'oublient jamais (also screenwriter, adapter, dialogist)
 Television Filmography
        ◘ Adieu Christine (also screenwriter, adapter, dialogist)
        ◘ Julie de Carneilhan (also screenwriter, adapter, dialogist)
        ◘ La Seconde (also screenwriter, adapter, dialogist; France / Belgium)
1992 ◘ La Femme de l'Amant

Encyclopedia of French film directors . . 2011.

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