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Alain Resnais: Iconic Filmmaker Dies At 91

Mon, March 3, 2014 3:03pm EDT by Add first Comment
Alain Resnais Dead

Acclaimed French filmmaker Alain Resnais passed away over the weekend on March 1 in Paris. He was 91.

French-born filmmaker Alain Resnais, who directed 50 feature films, shorts and documentaries over his acclaimed career, has died at the age of 91 in Paris, France. He leaves behind his wife, French actress Sabine Azéma, 64. See below for more on his life and legacy.

Alain Resnais: Director Of ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ Dead At 91

Having released his first short film in 1936 in his early teens, Alain was born to make films. He began to direct in earnest in the mid-1940s, receiving recognition for short film based on Vincent Van Gogh — appropriately titled Van Gogh. His breakout feature film, Hiroshima Mon Amour, was released in 1959 and was shown at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.

A multi-talented filmmaker, Alain continued to edit, write and direct at a steady place, with many of his films up until the 1970s being political in nature. For example, his film The War Is Over, released in 1966, was about the secret activities of the left-wing opponents of the Franco regime in Spain.

Iconic French Filmmaker Alain Resnais Has Died At 91

Alain’s reputation as a filmmaker was sterling; and while he was often credited as a New Wave filmmaker, he himself declined the comparison, insisting that by the 1960s he had already released many short films and documentaries and was too old to count as “New Wave.” However, he was thankful to the movement for allowing him to make the low-budget independent films that would mark  much of his storied career.

With regard to his personal life, in 1969 he married Florence Malraux, a member of his production team. He married his second wife, Sabine, in 1998; she was 28 years his junior and acted in many of his films from 1983 on.

Our thoughts go out to his wife, family and friends during this difficult time. He was a legendary filmmaker and his absence will surely be noted.

— Amanda Michelle Steiner

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