Suzanne Schiffman
Suzanne Klochendler

(1929-09-27)27 September 1929
Paris, France
Died6 June 2001(2001-06-06) (aged 71)
Paris, France
Years active1958–1992
Spouse(s)Philippe Schiffman (1949–2000; his death)

Suzanne Schiffman (née Klochendler; 27 September 1929 – 6 June 2001) was a French screenwriter and director for numerous motion pictures. She often worked with François Truffaut. The 'script girl' Joelle, played by Nathalie Baye in Truffaut's Day for Night was based on Schiffman. It accurately portrayed her close collaboration with Truffaut and other directors.

Schiffman's Jewish mother was detained by the Gestapo during the war, but an order of nuns hid Schiffman and her sibling.[1] She studied art history at the Sorbonne after the war. Schiffman worked closely with Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette in addition to Truffaut, latterly on the scripts of his films. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Day for Night and won a César Award for writing The Last Metro with Truffaut.[citation needed]


Suzanne Schiffman died of cancer in 2001, a year after her husband's death. She is the mother of two sons, one of whom is cinematographer Guillaume Schiffman.[2]



  1. ^ Sophie Baker, Kika Markham Obituary: Suzanne Schiffman,, 14 June 2001; retrieved 12 February 2009.
  2. ^ Egan, Jack. "Contender – Director of Photography Guillaume Schiffman, The Artist". Below The Line. Retrieved 29 April 2017.