elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Cyril Collard (December 179, 1957 - March 5, 1993)

Cyril Collard (19 December 1957, Paris − 5 March 1993) was a French author, filmmaker, composer, musician and actor. He is known for his unapologetic portrayals of bisexuality and HIV in art, particularly his autobiographical novel and film Les Nuits Fauves (Savage Nights). Openly bisexual, Collard was also one of the first French artists to speak openly about his HIV-positive status.

Collard was born into a liberal, middle-class family in France. He attended Lycée Hoche in Versailles, and pursued an engineering degree at Institut Industriel du Nord in Villeneuve d'Ascq, later known as École centrale de Lille before deciding to drop out.

The semi-autobiographical Savage Nights (Les Nuits Fauves), finished in 1992, was Collard's first and only feature film. It won four Césars (best editing, best film, best first work, and most promising actress) in 1993. Unfortunately, Collard did not live to accept his award; he had died three days earlier.

Early in his career, Collard assisted fellow director Maurice Pialat and directed six music videos, as well as several television programs. Among the music videos he directed were those of French-Algerian band Carte de Séjour, whose lead singer Rachid Taha is one of the most famous rock-ethnic musicians in France today.

Collard's own experiences with AIDS undoubtedly influenced his work. He died of AIDS-related illness aged 35.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyril_Collard

Further Readings:

Savage Nights by Cyril Collard
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Overlook TP (January 1, 1995)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0879515805
ISBN-13: 978-0879515805
Amazon: Savage Nights

The erotic, autobiographical novel of a bisexual man's voracious appetite for life--the inspiration for the controversial, award-winning film of the same name. "A work of rough genius, a glorious burst of life-affirming joy in the face of untimely death".--The Guardian

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