The actor of Demoiselles de Rochefort, La 317ème section, Cinéma Paradiso or Les Choristes was 80 years old. He was also a director and producer of documentaries such as Le Peuple migrateur.
Goliath was his last film. The actor, director, producer and member of the Academy of Fine Arts Jacques Perrin died today at the age of 80, his family announced to AFP. Born into a theater family, he had his first major role opposite Claudia Cardinale in The girl with the suitcase (1962) by Valerio Zurlini: he will remain very attached to Italy, turning over the years for Mauro Bolognini, Giuseppe Tornatore or Vittorio De Seta. We see it as well in Clouzot (La Vérité) as in Jacques Demy (The Demoiselles de Rochefort) or Costa-Gavras, even if his favorite director, with whom he will be closely associated, remains Pierre Schoendoerffer for whom he embodies the figures of idealistic and melancholy officers: The 317th Platoon, The Drum Crab, A Captain’s Honor and Up there, a king above the clouds in 2004.
Having founded his production company in 1968, he only made his first film in 1995: The Children of Light, a documentary tracing a century of French cinema on the occasion of the centenary of the invention. In 1997, his production Microcosmos earned him the César for Best Producer. In 2001, The migrating people, co-directed with Jacques Cluzaud and Michel Debats, will attract more than 2.7 million viewers and win the César for Best First Film. It will then turn oceans, The Southern Middle Empire, The People of the Oceansand finally Seasons. Films in which he conveyed his passion for nature and its beauties.
“He’s a great poet. He’s the king of committed filmmakers, actors. He invented cinema equipment that we use”said of him Frédéric Tellier, director of Goliath, at the microphone of Première when the film was released, where the actor played an old fighter for ecology, disillusioned but still standing. “When he accepted and told me that what I was offering him embodied all the struggles of his life in the cinema, it overwhelmed me. He is an immense human being who carries all his films with him in this character. “