French New Wave film director Claude Chabrol dies: official
Prolific French film maker Claude Chabrol, who helped start the New Wave movement in the 1950s, died on Sunday aged 80, Paris deputy mayor Christophe Girard told AFP.
Chabrol was "an immense French film director, free, impertinent, political and verbose," said Girard, Paris city hall's top culture official.
Born in Paris on June 24, 1930, Chabrol became famous for his dark portrayals of French provincial bourgeois life.
Along with Francois Truffaut et Jean-Luc Godard, he was an icon of French New Wave cinema, with all three writing for the renowned Cahiers du Cinema.
He authored dozens of films over more than 50 years, from his first work, Le Beau Serge, made in 1958 thanks to his wife's inheritance, to his last film, Bellamy, starring Gerard Depardieu which was released in 2009.
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