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Also Known As: Claude Langmann Died: January 12, 2009
Born: July 1, 1934 Cause of Death: neurological condition
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: producer, distributor, director, screenwriter, actor, furrier

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Multi-faceted maverick of contemporary French cinema. Berri began his career as an actor and moved behind the camera in the early 1960s, earning critical praise for short films like "Le poulet" (1963). Since the formation of his production company RENN in 1968, Berri has been involved with an impressive array of quality films by Claude Zidi, Bertrand Blier and Maurice Pialat, among others. In 1973 he developed a distribution arm, AMLF, which has since handled over 150 films. Among RENN-produced films are Roman Polanski's "Tess" (1979) and the Jean-Jacques Annaud projects "The Bear" (1988) and "L'Amande/The Lover" (1992), the sweaty adaptation of the Marguerite Duras novel. As a director-writer, Berri's output has ranged from the lush pointlessness of "Le Sex Shop" to the muscular epicality of "Jean de Florette" (1986). In the 80s Berri established himself as the prince of film adaptation, beginning with "Jean de Florette", the tale of hunchbacked farmer Jean, a simple, gentle man of indomitable strength (played by Gerard Depardieu), who in the end is destroyed by his villainous enemies. The glowing provincial setting and the morality tale format, dappled with a very French obsession with Man versus...

Multi-faceted maverick of contemporary French cinema. Berri began his career as an actor and moved behind the camera in the early 1960s, earning critical praise for short films like "Le poulet" (1963).

Since the formation of his production company RENN in 1968, Berri has been involved with an impressive array of quality films by Claude Zidi, Bertrand Blier and Maurice Pialat, among others. In 1973 he developed a distribution arm, AMLF, which has since handled over 150 films.

Among RENN-produced films are Roman Polanski's "Tess" (1979) and the Jean-Jacques Annaud projects "The Bear" (1988) and "L'Amande/The Lover" (1992), the sweaty adaptation of the Marguerite Duras novel. As a director-writer, Berri's output has ranged from the lush pointlessness of "Le Sex Shop" to the muscular epicality of "Jean de Florette" (1986). In the 80s Berri established himself as the prince of film adaptation, beginning with "Jean de Florette", the tale of hunchbacked farmer Jean, a simple, gentle man of indomitable strength (played by Gerard Depardieu), who in the end is destroyed by his villainous enemies. The glowing provincial setting and the morality tale format, dappled with a very French obsession with Man versus Nature, proved critically and commerically fortuitous for Berri. Its companion, "Manon des sources/Manon of the Spring" (1986), starred Emmanuelle Beart in a less classically achieved continuation of the Florette saga.

His next valentine to the stout "tradition of quality" corpus is "Germinal" (1993): a box office bonanza in Europe which was an adaptation of Zola's grand novel of the same name. A work of great length and stolidity (185 minutes in the mines with fashionably emaciated young miners) it starred Depardieu and Miou-Miou and an army of extras. Reaching the 30 million dollar benchmark, "Germinal" became one of the most expensive French films ever made.

Berri has also spent much of the 90s as producer on high profile features including Jean-Jacques Annaud's "The Lover" (1992), Patrice Chereau's "Queen Margot/La reine Margot" (1994) and Josiane Balasko's "French Twist" (1995).

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  TrĂ©sor (2009)
3.
  Housekeeper, The (2002) Director
4.
  Debandade, La (2000) Director
5.
  Lucie Aubrac (1997) Director
6.
  Germinal (1993) Director
7.
  Uranus (1991) Director
8.
  Jean de Florette (1987) Director
9.
  Manon des sources (1987) Director
10.
  Tchao Pantin (1983) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
3.
 Who Knows? (2001) Autograph Librarian
4.
 Debandade, La (2000) Claude Langmann
5.
 The Universe of Jacques Demy (1995) Himself
6.
 Stan the Flasher (1990) Stan
7.
 Homme blesse, L' (1985) Client
8.
 Male du Siecle, Le (1975) Claude
9.
 Sex Shop, Le (1972) Claude
10.
 Marry Me! Marry Me! (1969) Claude Avram
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Milestones close milestones

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Began career as a stage actor; first film appearance (a bit) in Jacques Becker's short "Rue de l'Estrapade" (1953)
1953:
Feature acting debut, in Autant-Lara's "Le ble en herbe"
1963:
Short film directing debut (also producer), "Le poulet/The Chicken"
1963:
Made theatrical feature co-directing and writing debut with one episode of the omnibus film "Les baisers"/"Baisers de 16 ans"
1966:
Solo feature directing and co-writing debut, "Le vieil homme et l'enfant/The Old Man and the Child"
1968:
Formed Renn Productions; first film as producer, "Mazel Tov ou le mariage"
1971:
Sole film as producer apart from Renn Productions, Milos Forman's "Taking Off" (United States)
1973:
Began distributing films through own company, AMLF
1975:
Formed Renn Productions with brother-in-law Paul Rassam
1987:
Sold a 50 percent stake in Renn Productions to Jerome Seydoux and Chargeurs Group
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Notes

In 1999, a French court ruled Berri and his production company (Renn Prods.) guilty of wrongly accusing Rene Hardy of betraying Jean Moulin, a Resistance leader, as depicted in his film "Lucie Aubrac". The director was ordered to pay damages of 40,000 francs to Hardy's family. --From The Hollywood Reporter, June 4-6, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Anne-Marie Rassam. Married c. 1965; divorced; born in Beirut, Lebanon.
companion:
Sylvie Gautrelet. Together from c. 1984.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Hirsch Langmann. Furrier. Polish.
sister:
Arlette Langmann. Film editor, scriptwriter. Edited or co-edited most of Maurice Pialat's films.
brother-in-law:
Jean-Pierre Rassam. Producer. Died in 1985.
brother-in-law:
Paul Rassam. Producer. Formed Renn Productions with Berri in 1975.
son:
Julien Berri. Actor, director. Born on June 14, 1968; mother, Anne-Marie Rassam; appeared in "La Reine Margot/Queen Margot".
son:
Thomas Berri. Actor. Born c. 1972; mother, Anne-Marie Rassam.
son:
Darius Berri. Born c. 1987; mother, Sylvie Gautrelet.
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