Paris (AP) – French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, who directed the famous films “A Sunday in the Country”, “Captain Conan” and “The Judge and the Assassin”, has died. He was 79 years old.
Tavernier’s wife and children said he died in Saint-Maxim, in the southern French city of War. The Lyon director left the tradition of 30 films with his family, including performances by French actresses Romy Schneider, Isabel Huppert and Dirk Bogard.
Tavernier and his work received accolades from everywhere. Former French Interior Minister Gerard Colomb has said that Tavernier’s films will continue to be masterpieces of French cinema.
Born on April 25, 1941, Tavernier wore several hats during his film career. Prior to starting his shift as a director, he worked as an assistant director, press officer and reviewer. It became the decision of his life.
He won his first success with “The St Paul’s Watchmaker” in 1974 and “The Judge and Killer” in 1976, winning two Caesars equivalent to the French Oscar. The 1990 film Daddy Nostalgia was best known for Bogarde’s last appearance on screen.
Although little known in the English-speaking world, Tavernier won the Oscar for Best Original Musical in 1987 for his film “Round Midnight” about an imaginary jazz musician.
From 1965 to 1980, Tavernier was married to the late French-Irish screenwriter Claude O’Hagan, better known as Colo Tavernier. They had two children: writer Tiffany Tavernier and director and actor Nils Tavernier.
Colo Tavernier wrote the screenplay for several of her husbands, and in 1985 won Caesar for Best Adaptation for the film “A Sunday in the Country.”
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