Death of Jean-Jacques Beineix, Betty blues


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The filmmaker and writer, author of “Diva”, “37°2 in the morning” or “Mortel Transfer” and discoverer of Béatrice Dalle died at 75.

“It’s a plan that has slip”, said Jean-Jacques Beineix after a successful take. He died at the age of 75 from leukemia. With him therefore leaves a certain fringe of French cinema of the 80s, very “sexy chic underwear”, too quickly baptized “cinema of the look”. He would have been a member, it is said, with Luc Besson and Leos Carax, of a trinity of filmmakers drunk on flashy and pubard aesthetics to the detriment of realism or even of a screenplay (retrospectively, the three will have above all in common a fascination for the Paris metro). It is the indelible line between detractors and fans: empty packaging of pop colors and music videos for some, cheeky romanticism for others and its author. Just read the second paragraph of the first chapter of Beineix’s autobiography, Buildings of Glory – he was a fan of Stanley Kubrick – where he signed his birth certificate (1946, Paris, Batignolles district): “I landed on a destroyed continent, in a country in mourning, in a family in mourning. I have the vague memory of women crisscrossed in black, meditating on black marble tombs with flowers, tears.

Declaring to want cinema for “the pleasure of illusion”, to perpetuate on the screen emotions born on the radio (the argument of Diva therefore, with his music-loving postman), he arrives on film sets as assistant director with Jean Becker, Claude Zidi but also…

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