Author of a few but cult films such as Betty Blue and Diva, director Jean-Jacques Beineix died at the age of 75 in Paris on 13 January. He had been ill for some time.
In a very bad start in 2022, another mourning for the world of cinema is added to the recent ones. At the age of 75, after a long illness, the director died on January 13 in Paris Jean Jacques Beineix. He hadn’t added titles to his very limited filmography for some time, but he boasts at least two cult titles in the 1980s, Diva and especially, Betty Blue, with Jean Hugues Anglade e Béatrice Dalle, which launched by the film immediately became one of the sex symbols of the period.
The career of Jean-Jacques Beineix
Beineix he began his career as an assistant director to well-known French directors in the 1960s, collaborating with Jean Becker, Claude Berri e Claude Zidi. After a short film, he made his debut in 1980 with Diva, which wins four César awards. The protagonist is the American soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez in the role of an opera singer who never wanted to make records. In the film, a young postman obsessed with her covertly records a bootleg from her concert, but then finds himself in possession of a much more dangerous recording that sets off an intricate yellow plot. There are also in the cast Richard Bohringer e Dominique Pinon. This successful film is followed in 1983 by the most botched one The mirror of desire, shot in Cinecittà with Gérard Depardieu e Nastassja Kinski, adaptation of the novel “There’s something rotten on Vernon Street” from David Goodis.
But the great success, which made him one of the most interesting directors of French cinema of that decade, together with Luc Besson, also for his innovative visual research, arrives in 1986 with Betty Blue, a passionate story of love and madness based on a novel by Philippe Djian. The film was a huge success around the world, won a César and was nominated for the Oscars and the Golden Globe for best foreign film. There are also in the cast Gerard Darmon, Vincent Lindon and one of Beineix’s fetish actors, Dominique Pinon. In 1989 he directs Roselyne e i leoni, with Isabelle Pasco, an unsuccessful circus ambient film. In 1992 he directs IP5 – The Island of the Pachyderms, the latest film by Yves Montand, who died shortly after filming ended. The latest feature film directed by Beineix is the thriller Deadly Transfer, from 2001, starring Jean-Hugues Anglade. Followed by some documentaries, plays and the beginning of a new career as a novelist.
With this post on Instagram, which says “Zorg and Betty are orphans … I owe one of the most beautiful pages of my life to these shots … I love you”, he greeted him. Béatrice Dalle.