He is one of the great French filmmakers of the 1980s and 1990s: Jean-Jacques Beineix has now died. The director was 75 years old.
French film director Jean-Jacques Beineix is dead. The filmmaker died on Thursday at the age of 75, the French news agency AFP, citing the director’s brother, reported on Friday.
Jean-Jacques Beineix is one of the pioneers of French cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. He owes this reputation to only two major works. “Diva” from 1981 and “Betty Blue – 37.2 degrees in the morning” from 1986 are considered cult films. The works of the filmmaker, who was born in Paris in 1946, are characterized by a unique visual power that, for example, in 2001 with “Mortal Transfer” once again ensured full box offices.
Beinix’s visual flair stemmed from his strong interest in painting, music and photography. “Cinema is the seventh art form. I’m not a painter, writer, dancer or musician, but I’m a little bit of everything. Cinema is the place where my accumulated imperfections can be combined into a whole,” the filmmaker once said about his Plant. According to the film database “IMDb”, he made his last film, a documentary about the Gauls and their culture, in 2013.
Jean-Jacques Beineix was born in Paris on October 8, 1946. The producer and screenwriter originally studied medicine. It was not until 1964 that he turned to film and began working as an assistant director for Jean Becker. More than ten years later, in 1977, Beineix made his first short film “Le Chien de Monsieur Michel” (roughly: Monsieur Michel’s Dog), with which he received first prize at the Trouville Festival and a nomination for the César for best short film.
With “Diva” in 1981, he finally began a career that, despite a few failures, made him one of the best-known filmmakers in contemporary French cinema alongside Luc Besson and Jean-Jacques Annaud.