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Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Cause of Death: Victim of His Disease


With a heavy heart, we have to inform you of the beloved French film director’s passing on January 14, 2022. The heartfelt news has shaken many souls; But what happened? Stay to learn more about the story behind Jean-Jacques Beineix’s cause of death, his life, and his career.

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Born on 8 October 1946, Mr. Beineix grew up to be a successful film director whose work is generally seen as the best example of what came to be called the cinéma du look.

He started his career as Jean Becker‘s assistant director in 1964, on the famous French TV series, Les Saintes chéries which lasted till the end of 1967. After that, he left to work for Claude Berri in 1970 and another one after that in 1971 for Claude Zidi.

“I hope you are living in another world. Merci…”

Almost six years later, he directed his first short movie Le Chien de M. Michel, which led him to a big success. He received the first prize at the Trouville Festival.

Fabian Wolff tweeted: “RIP Jean-JacquesBeineix. I’ll be honest: of his films, I only care about “Diva,” but that film by itself is worth ten others. Coincidentally, or not (like in the movie!), Pauline Kael’s review of it is one of her best, and “pell-mell gracefulness” is a phrase I think about a lot.”

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Tragic Story Behind Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Cause of Death

Not a lot has been shared clarifying Jean-Jacques Beineix’s cause of death, although it’s announced and confirmed that he passed away on Friday, at the age of 75, after suffering from a long-term illness.

To keep artistic independence, Mr. Beineix launched his own production company in 1984, Cargo Films. Betty Blue (37°2 le matin) was his first film produced by Cargo Films.

Noted, he is the executive producer of all films produced by Cargo Films. The company has feature films and documentaries on various themes from science to art, to women’s rights to social problems.

Several films have been made in partnership with national scientific organizations, including CNES and CNRS.

To name a few of his projects:

  • 1992 – Les Enfants de Roumanie – documentary
  • 1994 – Otaku : fils de l’empire du virtuel – documentary
  • 1994 – Place Clichy sans complexe – documentary
  • 1997 – Assigné à résidence – documentary
  • 2001 – Mortel transfert – starring Jean-Hugues AngladeHélène de Fougerolles

Mr. Beineix stopped the cinema at the beginning of the year 2000. He summarized to Franceinfo in 2020 and explained that the very poor reception in Cannes of The Moon in the gutter was an “injury.”

He expressed: “At the same time, I achieve a feat, and at the same time, I take a big slap in the face. Well, that’s been it all the time, my life at the cinema. What made me stop today, it started there.”

According to sources, he had mainly turned to write these twenty years. He delivered his autobiography, The Building Sites of Glory: Memoirs, in 1989, after writing the two volumes of the comic strip The Affair of the Century.

Michel Lafon published his first (and only) novel, Toboggan, the story of the fall of a character who has lost faith in humanity almost two years ago. May the legend rest in peace.

Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Biograthy

Mr. Beineix directed his first feature film, Diva. It brought another big success and fame by receiving four Césars. The film was also entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival.

His second feature, Moon in the Gutter, was nominated for the Palme d’Or at 1983’s Cannes Festival, as well as being nominated for three Césars in 1984. It received one award, the Best Production Design category.

One of his famous movies is called Betty Blue (original title: “37°2 le matin”), which he directed back in 1986, starring Béatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade. The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and in the same category at the same year’s British Academy Film Awards and Golden Globes.

It not only won the 1986 Montréal World Film Festival’s Grand Prix des Amériques and Most Popular Film awards but also, in 1987, the Boston Society of Film Critics award for best foreign-language film and one, Best Poster, of the nine Césars for which it was nominated. 

It not only won the 1986 Montréal World Film Festival’s Grand Prix des Amériques and Most Popular Film awards but also, in 1987, the Boston Society of Film Critics award for best foreign-language film and one, Best Poster, of the nine Césars for which it was nominated. 

His next films were Roselyne et les lions, IP5: L’île aux pachydermes in 1992 and Mortel Transfert in 2001. He was awarded by the 1992 Seattle International Film Festival with its Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director on the strength of Betty Blue and IP5: L’île aux pachyderms.

“If I had to keep one phrase from DIVA, it’s when the Diva says, ‘It is up to business to adapt to art, and not to art to adapt to business’. I know it’s very naive but I still believe in it.”

Jean-Jacques Beineix

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Reactions to Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Death:

May he be remembered fondly, and may God help his friends and family to get through such difficult times. Since the heartfelt news is out, many have shared their condolences through social media.

Mark Cousins tributed: “Sad to hear of the death of Jean-JacquesBeineix. I remember the premiere of Betty Blue/37.2 le matin here in Scotland @edfilmfest. He introduced it by saying how happy he was to be in England. Then – after the reaction – he apologized for his disorders.

A fan said: “We can’t drop our sign to half-mast, so Betty has opted for a black armband instead, as we mourn the passing of Jean-Jacques Beineix. So long Mssr Beineix, merci pour tout les flics.”

Fuad Alakbarov wrote: “Oscar-nominated film director Jean-JacquesBeineix, who has died aged 75, survived a panning by French critics to make “Betty Blue,” one of the most iconic films of the 1980s. RIP.”

Another shared: “His films were such an important part of my youth. RIP Jean-Jacques Beineix. Thank you for helping make the 1980s so interesting. Amid the Hollywood slop that was filling theaters at the time, Beineix’s films were often stunning neon lights in a dim world.”

Jesse Hawken commented: “He directed the movie that was my gateway as a kid into foreign-language cinema. DIVA was the first subtitled movie I saw in a theatre (around age 12), and the rest was history. RIP Jean-JacquesBeineix.”

A fan expressed: “Jean-Jacques Beineix is responsible for two of my favorite films of all time, so his passing means a lot to me. I shall spend my evening enjoying those films and remembering why they mean so much to me.”

Richard Shepard tweeted: “RIP Jean-JacquesBeineix. His first two films affected me greatly as a teenager. The audacious punk art thriller DIVA and the brilliant, crazy, tragic romance that is BETTY BLUE. Both fully hold up, and both are filled with startling images, unchained love, and blazing originality.”

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