Jean-Claude Carrière (born 17 September 1931) is a French screenwriter and actor. Alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud, he was a frequent collaborator with Luis Buñuel. He was president of La Fémis, the French state film school.
He wrote a novel when he was 23, then was introduced to
Jacques Tati, who had him write short novels based on his films. Through Tati, he met Pierre Etaix, with whom Carrière wrote and directed several films, including , which won them the academy award for Best Short Subject. His nineteen-year collaboration with Buñuel began with the film Heureux Anniversaire (1964); he co-wrote the screenplay with Buñuel and also played the part of a village priest. Carrière and the director would collaborate on the scripts of nearly all Buñuel's later films, including Diary of a Chambermaid (1967), Belle de Jour (1969), The Milky Way (1972), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1974) and The Phantom of Liberty (1977). That Obscure Object of Desire
He also wrote screenplays for
(1979), The Tin Drum (1983), Danton (1982), The Return of Martin Guerre (1986), La dernière image (1988), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1989), Valmont (1990), Cyrano de Bergerac (2004), and Birth , and co-wrote Goya's Ghosts (1986) with director Max, Mon Amour Nagisa Oshima. He also collaborated with Peter Brook on a nine-hour stage version of the ancient Sanskrit epic , and a five-hour film version. The Mahabharata
His work in television includes the series
(1964), a French-West German production much seen overseas. Les aventures de Robinson Crusoë