September 12, 2010
Prolific French film maker Claude Chabrol, who helped start the New Wave movement in the 1950s and went on to create some of the darkest portrayals on the silver screen, died on Sunday aged 80.
Chabrol was "an immense French film director, free, impertinent, political and verbose," Paris deputy mayor Christophe Girard, the city's top culture official, told AFP.
Born in Paris on June 24, 1930, Chabrol became famous for his sombre portrayals of French provincial bourgeois life.
Along with Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, he was an icon of French New Wave cinema, with all three writing for the renowned Cahiers du Cinema.
He authored dozens of films over more than 50 years, from his first work, Le Beau Serge, made in 1958 thanks to his wife's inheritance, to his last film, Bellamy, starring Gerard Depardieu which was released in 2009.