'Cyrano' And 'Tin Drum' Screenwriter Carriere Dies At 89
Legendary French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, who penned some of the most memorable movies of the last half century including "The Tin Drum" and "Cyrano de Bergerac", has died at the age of 89, his daughter told AFP
Paris (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 9th Feb, 2021 ) :Legendary French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, who penned some of the most memorable movies of the last half century including "The Tin Drum" and "Cyrano de Bergerac", has died at the age of 89, his daughter told AFP.
A prolific writer whose career spanned six decades, Carriere created a range of memorable and provocative scenes, including tying a fresh-faced Catherine Deneuve naked to a tree.
"Belle de Jour" was one of the fruits of his 19-year collaboration with subversive Spanish enfant terrible Luis Bunuel, famous for shocking audiences.
His work ranged across cultures, religions and historical periods, from "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1990), for which Gerard Depardieu gave one of the performances of his career, to the adaptation of Milan Kundera's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988) with Daniel Day-Lewis.
Carriere's 1979 adaption of Gunter Grass's novel "The Tin Drum", directed by Volker Schloendorff, won another Oscar as well as the Palme d'Or at Cannes.
He was also nominated for another Oscar for his "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" screenplay together with director Philip Kaufman and won a French Cesar in 1983 for best original screenplay for "The Return of Martin Guerre", starring Depardieu.
- 'The boss' - In 2014 Carriere was awarded an honorary Oscar for his life's work of around 80 screenplays but also essays, fiction, translations and interviews.
He also enjoyed frequent appearances in front of the camera, with roles opposite Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau.
"You were the boss," he added.
A star pupil, Carriere went on to study at one of France's elite Grandes Ecoles. By 26, he had written his first novel.
He said he enjoyed being at the service of a director and slipping into their way of thinking.
"I have no ego," he once said.
"Meetings, friendships and life teachers" marked his life, from the Dalai Lama to the great surrealist Bunuel.
One key encounter was with acclaimed British director Peter Brook with whom he adapted the Sanskrit Hindu epic the "Mahabharata" for the stage and screen.
When its play version was performed at the Avignon festival in 1985, it ran for nine hours to an astonished crowd.
"Watching it, forgetting I was the one who wrote it, was one of the great joys in my life," Carriere said.