The documentaries of French director Francois Reichenbach are noted for their detail and sharp insights. American life, particularly its eccentric aspects are a favorite topic for Reichenbach . Before coming to film, he was a noted songwriter and has penned tunes for such performers as Edith Piaf. He also worked closely with American art buyers as a European consultant. Reichenbach also spent a few years making amateur films. It was his cousin, producer Pierre Braunberger who encouraged him to become a full-fledged director. Reichenbach made his debut in the mid-50s and has gone on to helm both short and feature-length cinema-verite documentaries including the Oscar-winning Arthur Rubinstein: L'Amour de la Vie/Arthur Rubinstein: Love of Life (1970). In addition to directing, Reichenbach films his own work.
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