Monday, January 12, 2009

Claude Berri - Rest In Peace

A filmmaker who will be missed... 

AFP - 
French filmmaker and producer Claude Berri, whose work as a director includes the much loved two-part saga on life in Provence "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des Sources", died Monday aged 74. A pillar of French film who also produced a string of successes including last year's blockbuster "Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis", Berri passed away in a Paris hospital, where he was admitted on Saturday night. "Claude Berri left us this morning as a result of a stroke suffered Saturday night," his agency Moteur! said in a statement. Known as the "godfather" of French film, Berri worked with generations of top French actors from Yves Montand to Gerard Depardieu and Emmanuelle Beart and was currently directing his 20th film, a comedy called "Tresor". Berri, who won an Oscar for his 1963 short film "Le Poulet", went on to direct the hit Provencal saga based on the novels of Marcel Pagnol following years later with a screen adaptation of Emile Zola's "Germinal".

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