Nadine Trintignant

1934 –
Airing Crime Thief (1969) on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 AM on TCM

Nadine Trintignant began her career working behind the camera in a variety of roles (most notably as an editor) before becoming a director. She worked as an assistant editor on Jules Dassin’s heist classic Riffifi in 1955 and Jean-Pierre Melville’s Leon Morin, Priest in 1961. Inspired to explore themes revolving around the personal nature of families and relationships, her directorial debut came in 1965 with her short film Fragilité, ton nom est femme. Her first feature film, My Love, My Love, followed in 1967. 

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s she directed a series of dramas that explored family dynamics and loss through a distinctly feminist viewpoint. She used her films to explore her own relationship with her family, often casting them in acting roles. After the death of her daughter Marie in 2003, Trintignant stepped away from directing and focused on her talents as a novelist, completing her autobiography, J’ai été jeune un jour, in 2006

Select Filmography

Fragilité, ton nom est femme (1965)
My Love, My Love (1967)
It Only Happens to Others (1971)
La maison de jade (1988)
Runaways (1995)