Jacques Rozier, director of the Nouvelle Vague, dies at 96

This Friday June 2nd passed away Jacques RozierFrench filmmaker highly praised by critics whose first works were given in the framework of the New Wave in the early 60s. He was 96 years old and had not directed a couple of decades, since he released his theatrical satire in 2001 Fifi Martingale. Throughout his career, he had a very precarious distribution to reach the public, although he was applauded for his great generational reference, Jean Luc Godardwhile another giant like Jean Eustache He also praised him.

Born in 1926 in Paris, Rozier trained at the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Cinematographie and began working as an assistant on television. In the 50s he had already shot short films like blue jean either rent from classeswhen in 1962 he made the leap to length and we had as a result Goodbye Philippine. By far his most famous film and a good representative of the Nouvelle Vague style: a comedy that narrated how three friends went on vacation to Corsica with the prospect that one of them would soon leave for military service.

In 1964 Rozier dedicated a documentary to the filmmaker Jean Vigo and took over making of of contempt, from his colleague Godard. The result was a short documentary titled Bardot and Godard (by Brigitte Bardotwhich starred contempt), and later he spaced out his projects. In this way he shot another feature film, Du cöté d’Orouëtin 1971, which was followed by The shipwrecked of l’île de la Tortue in 1976 and Maine Ocean just a decade later. At the end of her career, she had shot 7 films, almost all of them comedies, and twenty shorts.

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