Police Python 357 (1976)
It is fair to say that the majority of audiences who saw the film Tous les Matins du Monde (All the Mornings of the World, 1991) – directed by Alain Corneau, who has died of lung cancer aged 67 – had previously never heard of (or heard) the music of the baroque composer and viola da gamba virtuoso Marin Marais. However, the lacuna was soon filled after this sensitive, painterly and vivid recreation of 17th-century French musical life had won seven Césars (France's Oscars), become an international success and resulted in a bestselling CD of the soundtrack by Le Concert des Nations ensemble.
Starring Gérard Depardieu as the older Marais, looking back on his reckless younger self (played by Depardieu's son, Guillaume), it remains Corneau's biggest success outside France. In fact, Tous les Matins du Monde, one of the few films
The movie-maker/writer, who worked with high profile stars including Gerard Depardieu and Monica Bellucci, passed away in the early hours of Monday morning.
The cause of his death was not known as WENN went to press, but he is believed to have been battling cancer.
Corneau's latest movie, Love Crime (Crime d'Amour) starring Kristin Scott Thomas, was released just two weeks ago.
He made his first film, France Inc, in 1973 and went on to carve out a successful career, working with Yves Montand on 1976's Police Python 357 and again on 1977's La Menace.
He directed Depardieu in 1984's Fort Saganne and their 1991 collaboration Tous Les Matins Du Monde won Corneau two coveted Cesar awards, for best film and best director.
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