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The Hindu, 24. Juli 2000

Subtle 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 roles.

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 camera techniques.

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 rely on.”

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