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Scriptwriter Gérard Brach dies


A favourite partner of Roman Polanski, scriptwriter Gérard Brach passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 79.

Brach began his career as a production assistant in the 1950s, before working as a press officer for Twentieth Century Fox from 1959 to 1962. He began his scriptwriting career in 1963 and collaborated with Roman Polanski for the collective film The World’s Most Beautiful Swindlers (1964) and all subsequent films.

The two would also go on to produce Repulsion, Cul-de-sac, Dance of the Vampires, What?, The Tenant, Tess, Pirates, Frantic and Bitter Moon.

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However, the French scriptwriter who has over fifty features to his name would also work with Claude Berri (The Old Man and the Boy (1967), Jean de Florette (winner of a Bafta) and Manon des sources (1986) and with Jean Jacques Annaud (Quest for Fire, The Name of the Rose, The Bear and The Lover), with whom Brach was recently preparing Sa Majesté Minor, which is due to begin shooting shortly.

Suffering from agoraphobia, Brach always preferred to work behind the scenes. This did not, however, prevent him from working with Marco Ferreri (Bye Bye Monkey and Pipicacadodo), Michelangelo Antonioni (Identification of a Woman), Dino Risi (Good King Dagobert) , Otar Iosseliani (Favourites of the Moon), Dario Argento (Phantom of the Opera), Bertrand Blier (My Best Friend’s Girl) and Andrei Konchalovsky (Maria's Lovers and Shy People).

His filmography over the past 15 years also includes The Amusements of Private Life by Cristina Comencini, Anna Oz by Eric Rochant, The War in Paris by Yolande Zauberman, Blueberry de Jan Kounen and Pornography [+see also:
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by Jan Jakub Kolski. The scriptwriter also made two features in the 1970s: The House and The Boat on the Grass (in competition at Cannes).

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(Translated from French)

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