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One of the oldest adherents of the French Nouvelle Vague film school of the 1950s, actor/writer Daniel Boulanger was also one of the most prolific. Boulanger was such a vital ingredient to the early films of Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Philipe De Broca that some historians have mixed up his writing credits with his acting appearances. Taking a random inventory, Boulanger acted in but did not write Godard's Breathless (1959) and Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player (1962), while he wrote for but did not act in DeBroca's That Man From Rio (1964) and Up to His Ears (1965). Boulanger did, however, both act in and write De Broca's King of Hearts (1966). On either side of the cameras, Daniel Boulanger has exhibited a vigorously "black" sense of humor: seldom have as many people died as hilariously as they did in King of Hearts (1966).

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