French writer, director and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, who worked with Louis Buñuel, Jacques Dere and Milos Foreman, has died at the age of 89, AFP reports.
The news of his death was announced by his daughter Chiara Carrier. She said her father would be buried in his home village of Colombier-sur-Orb in the Hérault department in the south of the country.
Career described himself as a “narrator.” During his long creative path he wrote about 60 screenplays, as well as 80 other works / stories, essays, translations, talks /. He was also an actor, playwright and songwriter for Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau.
Career put his destiny under the sign of friendships with great personalities, such as the Dalai Lama, with whom he wrote a book, or the Spanish director Luis Buñuel, with whom he collaborated for 19 years. Career is the screenwriter of The Maid’s Diary, Daily Beauty, The Phantom of Liberty, as well as the major films for which he was nominated for an Oscar: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Philip Kaufman). “This Vague Object of Desire” (Louis Bunuel) and “The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (Louis Bunuel).
In an interview, Carrier shared how close his relationship with Luis Buñuel is:
“It was a very strong relationship. We were always alone in a remote place, often in Mexico or Spain, we spoke French and Spanish, no other friends, no women, no wives. Absolutely no one around. Just the two of us. We ate together, worked together, drank together so that the scenario we were working on could absolutely obsess us. I calculated that we ate together, just the two of us, more than 2,000 times! Which is a lot more than some couples! ”
Jean-Claude Carrière also wrote the screenplay for The Tin Drum, directed by Volker Schlondorf, which won both an Oscar and a Palme d’Or at Cannes. Jean-Claude Carrier is also the author of the films “The Return of Martin Ger”, “Cyrano de Bergerac”, “Dangerous Relationships”, “Max, My Love” by Nagisa Oshima.
“The best way to become a screenwriter is to take a mild part in making a film,” he said in an interview.
“Then, of course, you need to have ideas. The screenwriter’s job is not just to write a film and know everything about the technical side of things: sound, image, editing. His job, his function is to look for new ideas. This is very important. So you can offer a bouquet of different ideas. Not just one. ”
A tribute to the great Jean-Claude Carrière!