Alain Resnais Dies: French Filmmaker Who Pushed Limits Was 91

Tuesday, 04 Mar 2014 05:03 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

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French filmmaker Alain Resnais, who is known for films including “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” died Saturday at age 91.

Resnais was working on his next project from his hospital bed when he died, producer Jean-Louis Livi told The New York Times.

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Resnais directed his first film at age 14 and moved to Paris in 1939 to study acting. He received a lifetime achievement award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

His most recent film, “The Life of Riley,” won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival last month.

Resnais "pushed the aesthetic and narrative experimentation very far, and then he completely renewed his style," Thierry Fremaux, head of the Cannes Film Festival, told The Associated Press.

Among his most recognized films is "Last Year at Marienbad," which is often cited among the highest works of French New Wave artistry, according to the AP.

Resnais started his career with mid-length films in the 1940s and won an Oscar with "Van Gogh" in 1950.

French President Francois Hollande offered condolences in a statement from his office, saying, "He constantly broke codes, rules and trends while appealing to a vast audience," Reuters reported.

Fans shared their respects on Twitter.

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