Magazine article Screen International

Tributes Pour in as Claude Chabrol Passes Away at Age 80

Magazine article Screen International

Tributes Pour in as Claude Chabrol Passes Away at Age 80

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French filmmaking legend Claude Chabrol died Sunday in Paris at the age of 80.

The French government confirmed his death but didn't provide details.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on French television that Chabrol "was a great cineaste and showed humor and truculence, both in his films and in his life."

Here at TIFF, French writer/director/actor Guillaume Canet told Screen: "I loved his movies, he was my neighbour. He is the kind of director that I've always been inspired by. I love the way he was working, he loved actors, he was faithful to actors."

Cameron Bailey, co-director of TIFF said: "It's a great, great loss. Everyone at the film festival will have been moved by his films. We're all thinking about him."

Like other members of the French New Wave including Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, Chabrol was a critic at Cahiers du Cinema before starting his filmmaking career in 1958 with Le Beau Serge.

The prolific filmmaker made almost a film a year from that time until his death, for a total of about 60 films. …

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