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article imageDirector Alan Resnais has died

By Tim Sandle     Mar 2, 2014 in Entertainment
Celebrated French movie director Alan Resnais has died aged 91. Resnais movie career spanned more than 60 years. His death was announced on Saturday, the day after the Césars French cinema awards and on the eve of the Oscars.
Alain Resnais death was confirmed by his producer Jean-Louis Livi. According to BBC News, French President Francois Hollande said France had lost "one of its greatest filmmakers...He received all the recognition and prizes. But what counted for him was always his next work."
Alain Resnais was a French film director whose career extended over more than six decades. Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes, Morbihan, France as Alain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais. After training as a film editor in the mid-1940s, he went on to direct a number of short films. Following these, he moved to direct some acclaimed movies including Hiroshima mon amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and Muriel (1963). In his later years Resnais directed adaptations of plays by Alan Ayckbourn, Henri Bernstein and Jean Anouilh.
His awards were numerous and they included the Cannes Film Festival: 1980 Grand Prix, for Mon oncle d'Amérique; and 2009, Lifetime achievement award.
To illustrate the director's work, here is the trailer for Resnais' Aimer, boire et chanter:
Writing in The Guardian, film critic Peter Bradshaw sums up the director's legacy: "He was fascinated not merely in the possibilities of cinema but in theater and theatricality — and the theatrical dimension of reality. In fact, he was notable as a French cultural star who took an interest in something British: he frequently adapted the plays of Alan Ayckbourn, in whom he savoured a surreality of bourgeois form; he brought out the delicious Magrittean absurdity."
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