Hindu, 24. Juli 2000
film craftsman Sautet dead
Paris, July 24.: Claude Sautet, the French film
director known for his simple plots and studies in psychology, died
in Paris at the weekend, his producer Alain Sarde announced today.
He was 76.
Sautet made his international breakthrough in 1970
with the film Les Choses De La Vie (The Things
Of Life), with Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli in the lead
Sautet, who was born in the Paris suburb of Montrouge
on February 23, 1924, first became known in feature films as a screenwriter
and script doctor.
His early feature films as a director were well-paced
gangster thrillers but from 1970 he became known for his perceptive
character studies of the French bourgeoisie. He shunned extravagant
Sautet's last great success was the much admired
Nelly Et Monsieur Arnaud (1995), which related the passion
of an elderly man for a young woman. My instinct is my most
valuable possession, he once said. That is all I can