Monday, 3 March 2014

French director Alain Resnais dies aged 91

The acclaimed French film director Alain Resnais, known for classics such as Hiroshima Mon Amor (1959), Last Year in Marienbad (1961) and Night and Fog (1955), an early film on the depravity of Nazi concentration camps, has died aged 91.

Resnais was a well respected figure in the French film world, and in greater artistic circles, a regular presence at top festivals from Cannes to Berlin. His most recent work, Life of Riley, based on an Alan Ayckbourn play, won a prize for innovation in Berlin last month.

French President Francois Hollande joined a chorus of condolences for Resnais, undeniably a highly original and influencial film-maker steeped in the pre-war cinema culture of the United States. Hollande notes, "He contanstly broke codes, rules and trends while appealing to a vast audience."

The maverick directior died late Saturday "surrounded by his family and friends," said produced Jean-Louis Livi.

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