December 13, 2013
Queen margot filmmaker had lung cancerTuesday, October 8, 2013
French director Patrice Chereau dies
Patrice Chereau, the celebrated French theatre, opera and cinema director whose works included the epic 1994 film Queen Margot, has died of lung cancer. He was 68.
“He had an extraordinary vitality right until the end,” said Elisabeth Tanner, co-director of the Artmedia agency that represented Chereau, as she confirmed his death.
Chereau made 10 films including the Oscar-nominated Queen Margot, Persecution and Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train. Queen Margot, starring Isabelle Adjani, received two Cannes Film Festival prizes in 1994 and was Oscar-nominated for costume design.
The Cannes Film Festival screened a restored version of the film this year. In 2001, Chereau released his only English-language film, the sexually-explicit Intimacy, written by Hanif Kureishi, which won the Berlin Golden Bear award.
He was considered one of the greats of French theatre, but he made his name outside his home country with his 1976 staging of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Bayreuth opera festival. The director of the Paris Opera Nicolas Joel, who was Chereau’s assistant on that production, said he was “overcome.”
“He did me the honour of asking me to go with him to the Bayreuth festival for the centenary Ring Cycle. I still have wonderful memories of the time we spent together,” said Joel.
Chereau’s final production, of Richard Strauss’ Elektra at the Aix-en-Provence music festival in July, won a standing ovation.
Herald with online media