Magazine article Screen International

French Director Claude Miller Dies after Long Illness

Magazine article Screen International

French Director Claude Miller Dies after Long Illness

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Career spanned 50 years and some 20 pictures including Garde à Vue, Deadly Circuit (Mortelle Randonnée), L'Effrontée and The Little Thief (La Petite Voleuse).

French director Claude Miller passed away at his Paris home on Wednesday evening after a long illness.

The 70-year-old filmmaker had recently finished post-production on his latest film Thérèse Desqueyroux, an adaptation of François Mauriac's 1920s classic novel with Audrey Tautou in the lead role of the complex heroine.

Yves Marmion's Les Films du 24, which produced the feature, confirmed it had been completed before Miller's death. Due for release in France in November, it has been tipped for a possible Cannes premiere.

A much respected and loved figure in the French film world, Miller's career spanned 50 years and some 20 pictures including Garde à Vue, Deadly Circuit (Mortelle Randonnée),L'Effrontée and The Little Thief (La Petite Voleuse).

Miller was born into a laic, Jewish family living in the poor suburb of Montreuil on the eastern outskirts of Paris in 1942. His father refused to wear the Star of the David during the German occupation. An act, according to Miller, that saved the family from deportation.

After attending the Institute for Higher Cinema Studies (Idhec) in the early 1960s, Miller gained experience as an assistant director with the likes of Robert Bresson on the 1966 Au Hasard Balthazar, Jacques Demy on the 1967 The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles du Rochefort) and Jean-Luc Godard on Week End.

He debuted on the Croisette in the early 1970s with the shorts La Question Ordinaire and Camille ou la Comédie Catastrophique, which screened in the Directors' Fortnight in 1970 and 1972.

In 1976, Miller directed his first feature-length film The Best Way to Walk (La Meilleure Façon de Marcher), revolving around the tense relationship between a virile sports teacher and a cross-dressing music teacher at a holiday camp for boys.

He followed this debut picture with Dite-lui que je l'aime, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel This Sweet Sickness starring Gérard Depardieu as a love-obsessed man. It was the first of a number of adaptations throughout Miller's career.

The 1980s marked a successful period at the box office with hits such as Garde à Vue, a tense thriller revolving around a series of child murders starring Lino Ventura and Michel Serrault, and Mortelle Randonnée (Deadly Circuit), an adaptation by Michel and Jacques Audiard of Marc Behm's thriller The Eye of the Beholder. …

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