Tribute by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication to Alain Corneau.
Alain Corneau has just left us while the public can
discover "Crime d'amour" which, alas, will remain his last film.
Trained alongside Costa-Gavras, Alain Corneau first revealed a
masterful talent for film noir with three magnificent films, now
and all inhabited by Yves Montand: "Police Python 357", "La
Threat" and "The Choice of Weapons". These successes ranked him among the
the first filmmakers of his generation, and «Série noire» which he co-wrote
with Georges Perec, offered Patrick Dewaere one of his best roles.
But beyond the genre to which he will remain faithful, he was also a
extremely eclectic filmmaker. Thus, a fine musician, he knew
with "Every morning of the world", recount in a very subtle and
the singularity of musical creation through the evocation of
reports of Sainte Colombe and Marin Marais.
He will also be remembered as a remarkable
literature in cinema, with works as different and
powerful as "Fort Saganne", "Indian Nocturne" or "Stupor and
and a man open and sensitive, with passion, to the
plurality of cultures.
Our thoughts are with his loved ones and in particular his
companion, Nadine Trintignant.