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Jean-Jacques Beineix Director of Diva and Bibetty Blue, Dies at 75

French director Jean-Jacques Beineix, who made waves with stylish works of 1980s cinema including “Diva” and “Betty Blue,” died Thursday at 75. He died at home in Paris after a long illness, his brother told Le Monde. Beineix started out as an assistant director to filmmakers including Claude Berri, Rene Clement and Jerry Lewis. After…

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French director Jean-Jacques Beineix, who made waves with stylish works of 1980s cinema including “Diva” and “Betty Blue,” died Thursday at 75.

He passed away in Paris at the age of 63 after a long battle with cancer. His brother told Le Monde ..

Beineix began his career as an assistant director to Rene Clement, Claude Berri and Jerry Lewis. After making a short film, he went on to make his feature debut with 1981. His feature debut was with “Diva,” which won him the Cesar award for best feature and three additional Cesar awards. The story centers on a young man who falls for an American opera singer and becomes embroiled in international intrigues when he attempts to record a bootleg recording.

The thriller was one of the most successful French films to play internationally in the 1980s. It ushered in a new style of filmmaking that melded auteur and genre elements, and Luc Besson and Leos Carax also made films that were described as “cinema du look” for their fashion-forward style and bold cinematography.

“Movies that belong to the cinema du look movement have often been said to value style over substance, but ‘Diva’ manages to deliver both, at certain times flaunting its style for style’s sake and at others using the how as a means of truly highlighting the equally important what,” wrote NeoText about “Diva’s” influence.

After the success of “Diva,” his next film “The Moon in the Gutter” with Gerard Depardieu and Nastassia Kinski was eagerly awaited in Cannes in 1983, but the adaptation of the David Goodis novel was booed in its fest

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