Jean-Jacques Beineix, director of “Diva” and “37°2 in the morning”, died at 75. The filmmaker had revealed Béatrice Dalle and offered his last role to Yves Montand.
Jean-Jacques Beineix is dead
Born in Paris on October 8, 1946, Jean Jacques Beineix passed away Thursday January 13th, 2022 at the age of 75. The French director died on Friday following a long illness, his family announced. He was 75 years old. He died at his home following a long illness, his brother Jean-Claude announced this Friday at theAFP. The filmmaker had made six feature films between 1981 and 2001, including 37°2 in the morning (1986) with Jean-Hugues Anglade and Béatrice Dalle.
First success with Diva
After trying to study medicine, Jean-Jacques Beineix began his film career as aassistant director. He first accompanied Rene Clement on the set of The Hare’s Race Through the Fields (1971), before assisting Claude Zidi three times on The shallot race (1975), Wing or thigh (1976) and The Animal (1977).
As a director, he achieved success with his first feature film Diva (nineteen eighty one), which marks the spirits by its advertising aesthetic which divides the critics. However, after having won four Caesar, including Best First Film, the film was released in theaters and ultimately attracted more than two million spectators.
The consecration 37°2 in the morning, and chess
The filmmaker then continues with The Moon in the Gutter (1983), worn by Gérard Depardieu, Nastassja Kinski and Victoria Abril, before directing his most important film: 37°2 in the morning. It is with this film that he reveals Béatrice Dalle, in the role of an impulsive young woman who lives a passionate love story with Jean-Hugues Anglade. A sensual film seen by more than 3.6 million spectators and which obtained eight nominations for the Césars in 1987. This would be the biggest success of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s career.
Thereafter, Jean-Jacques Beineix continues to turn quickly. From 1989 comes out Roselyne and the Lions, and in 1992 he directed Yves Montand for his last role in IP5: The island of pachyderms. Unfortunately his films fail to convince as much as the previous ones. It will thus take almost ten years to make his last feature film, Deadly transfer (2001). Following critical and commercial failure of the latter, Jean-Jacques Beineix only directed a handful of documentaries and produced a few in the 2000s.