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Jean-Jacques Beineix, director of “37 ° 2 in the morning”, died at the age of 75

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Author of the film “37 ° 2 in the morning”, but also of “Diva”, the director Jean-Jacques Beineix died Thursday at the age of 75, his family told AFP. He died at his Parisian home following a long illness.

The director Jean-Jacques Beineix, author of the cult film “37 ° 2 in the morning”, emblematic film of a generation and which had revealed Béatrice Dalle, died Thursday at the age of 75, announced his brother Jean-Claude Friday at AFP.

The one who became known to the general public thanks to “Diva” (1981) and “37 ° 2 in the morning” (1986), a story of love and madness between Jean-Hugues Anglade and Béatrice Dalle, has died at his Parisian home following a long illness.

A poetic and aesthetic director – sometimes to excess for his detractors who mocked a style of “advertising clip” Jean-Jacques Beineix had been awarded the César for the best first work for “Diva” in 1982.

He is also the director of “IP5” (1992), a landmark film, notably for the last cinematographic appearance of Yves Montand.

“Putting your talent at the service of causes”

Born in Paris, Jean-Jacques Beinex began studying medicine before preparing for the prestigious Idhec film school (now Femis), which he narrowly missed.

His first projects lead him to advertising. He will notably direct the multi-broadcast anti-AIDS spot “Il ne pas passera pas par moi”. After several projects, he decides to leave the industry. “It’s good to put your talent at the service of causes” and publicity, “it was not causes”, he explained.

After “37 ° 2 in the morning” will follow several films, all failures, including “The Moon in the gutter” (1983) and “Roselyne et les lions” (1989). In 2001, after nine years of absence, he returned with “Mortel Transfert”, a complete critical and commercial failure. He declares, moreover, that this film strongly indebted him.

This will be the last of his six feature films, followed by documentaries for television (“The children of Romania”, “Place Clichy without complexes” …), under the banner of his production company, Cargos Films.

With AFP

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