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Albert Lamorisse (13 January 1922 – 2 June 1970) was a Frenchmarker award-winning filmmaker, film producer, and writer, who is best known for his award winning short films which he began making in the late 1940s, and also for inventing the famous strategic board game Risk in 1957. He was born in Paris, Francemarker.

He first came into prominence - just after Bim - for directing and producing White Mane (1953), an award winning short film that tells a fable of how a young boy gentles an untamable wild white stallion in the marshes of Camarguemarker (the Petite Camargue).

His best known work is the short film The Red Balloon (1956), which earned him the Palme d'Or Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festivalmarker, and an Oscar for writing the best original screenplay in 1956.

Lamorisse also wrote, directed and produced the well-regarded films Stowaway in the Sky (1960) and Circus Angel, as well as the documentaries Versailles and Paris Jamais Vu. In addition to films, he created the popular strategy board game Risk in 1957.

Lamorisse and his wife had three children: Pascal, a son, and two daughters named Sabine and Fanny. Pascal and Sabine were featured in The Red Balloon. Albert Lamorisse died in a helicopter crash while filming the documentary Le Vent des amoureux (The Lovers' Wind), during a helicopter-tour of Iranmarker in 1970. His son and his widow completed the film, based on his production notes, and released the film eight years later, in 1978. It was nominated for a posthumous Oscar for best documentary.

Director filmography

Short films

Feature films




  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts: BAFTA Film Award, White Mane, Best Documentary Film, France; 1954.
  • Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion; Le Voyage en ballon; 1960.
  • Cannes Film Festival: Golden Palm; Fifi la plume; 1965.
  • Cannes Film Festival: Golden Palm; Best Short Film, Versailles; 1967.
  • Academy Awards: Oscar; Best Documentary, Features, Le Vent des amoureux; 1979.


  1. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Awards Database
  2. The Red Balloon, IMDb database entry.
  3. Awards lists in 1956, at the official site of the Festival de Cannes.
  4. BAFTA. Winners and nominees lits from 1950 to 1959, at the official site of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
  5. National Board of Review. Awards for 1957, NBR web site. Last accessed: 2 November 2007.

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