Alain Corneau

Active - 1969 - 2012  |   Born - Aug 7, 1943 in Meung-sur-Loire, France  |   Died - Aug 30, 2010   |   Genres - Drama, Crime, Thriller

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

French director Alain Corneau was best known for his debut film France Société Anonyme in 1974 for which he also assisted on the score. Prior to becoming a director, Corneau was a jazz musician who worked and studied in the U.S. He next became an assistant director for a few years and also wrote scripts. Among his better known screenplays was that for Nadine Trintignant's Defense de Savoir (1972).

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  • Destiné à une carrière de musicien de jazz, il change d'avis et s'inscrit à l'IDHEC.
  • Il a été stagiaire de Costa-Gavras sur le film L'Aveu.
  • Jusqu'au début des années 80, il rencontre le succès avec des films policiers, avant de changer de genre pour la fresque coloniale Fort Saganne.
  • Son dernier film, Crime d'amour, est sorti quelques jours avant sa mort en Août 2010. Il est inhumé au Père-Lachaise aux côtés de sa fille adoptive, Marie Trintignant.