French filmmaker Rohmer dies

Rohmer passed away in Paris on Monday (11Jan10). The cause of death was not immediately known.

Born Jean-Marie Maurice Scherer, the director’s best-known films include My Night at Maud’s and Claire’s Knee. His latest film, Les amours d’Astree et de Celadon, (Romance of Astree and Celadon), was released in 2008.

He was born in Lorraine and relocated to Paris to became a literature teacher and newspaper reporter.

As Gilbert Cordier, he released his first and only novel, Elizabeth, in 1946, and then became a critic and filmmaker.

He also co-wrote an indepth book about the films of Alfred Hitchcock, titled Hitchcock, The First 44 Films.

In 2001, he was awarded a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in Italy for his work in cinema.

Rohmer would have turned 90 in April (10).