The writer, director and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, who worked in particular alongside the filmmakers Luis Bunuel, Jacques Deray or Milos Forman for the films Belle de Jour, Borsalino and Valmont, died Monday, February 8 at the age of 89, his daughter told AFP. The writer, who did not suffer from any particular illness, died “in his sleep” at his Paris home, said Kiara Carrière. “A tribute” He will be returned to him soon in Paris and he should be buried in his native village, in Colombières-sur-Orb in the Hérault, she said.
Born in 1931 into a family of wine growers, he was 14 when his family moved to the Paris region. After a bachelor’s degree in literature and a master’s degree in history, he started writing and published his first novel in 1957, Lizard. Then he wrote several horror novels with Fleuve noir, under the pseudonym Benoît Becker.
He quickly turned to the cinema and met Jacques Tati, for which he must write a novelization of Monsieur Hulot’s vacation, then My uncle, as indicated The world. His collaboration with the filmmaker Luis Buñuel began in 1964 and lasted nineteen years. The two men adapted the novel by Octave Mirbeau, The Diary of a Chambermaid, and worked on five other films, including two of the director’s most famous: Beautiful day, an adaptation of a novel by Joseph Kessel, and The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie.
Jean-Claude Carrière also participates in the screenplay of two of Jacques Deray’s most famous films, The swimming pool (1969), which stars Alain Delon and Romy Schneider, and the gangster film Borsalino, the following year, huge commercial success with Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo again.
Daniel Carrière also worked with Czech-born director Miloš Forman, notably on the film Valmont, adaptation of the novel Dangerous relationships by Choderlos de Laclos. In 1983, he received the César for best screenplay for The Return of Martin Guerre and is celebrated with an honorary Oscar in 2015.
Defining himself as a “storyteller”, Jean-Claude Carrière has signed around sixty scripts as well as around 80 works (stories, essays, such as his Dictionaries in love with India and Mexico, translations, fictions, scripts, interviews). He was also an actor, playwright and lyricist for Juliette Gréco, Brigitte Bardot or Jeanne Moreau.
Jean-Claude Carrière has placed his life under the sign of “meetings, friendships and masters of life”, like the Dalai Lama with whom he wrote a book. Bibliophile, passionate about drawing, astrophysics, and wine, fan of Tai-Chi-Chuan (martial art), Jean-Claude Carrière chaired for ten years Fémis, the National School of Image Professions and sound. Still very active despite his age, he wrote a last essay in 2018, The valley of nothingness, and co-signed the script of the film in 2020 The salt of tears by Philippe Garrel.