French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, who wrote the screenplays for films including The unbearable lightness to be and This obscure object of desire, is dead. Her daughter Kiara Carrière told AFP that the screenwriter died Monday of natural causes at his Parisian home. He was 89 years old.
During his decades-long career as a writer, actor and director, Carriere has received a number of awards and honors for his work. Carrière shares his first Oscar with Pierre Etaix, winner of the best short film for Happy Birthday. In 1969, The nail clipper (The Nail Clipper) won the Cannes Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film. In addition to the BAFTAs and Caesars won over the years, Carrière received an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement as a Screenwriter in 2014.
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Born in 1931, Carrière was born in a small village in the south of France and trained as a historian. After publishing his first novel Lizard in 1957, he met Jacques Tati and Pierre Etaix, with whom he collaborated on many projects.
Among his frequent collaborators was Oscar-nominated Mexican-Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel. After meeting in 1963, Carriere and Bunuel developed an artistic relationship that proved to be fruitful and resulted in two Oscar nominations for The dark object of desire and The secret charm of the bourgeoisie. Among the most popular projects of Buñuel-Carrière titles was Catherine Deneuve-star Beautiful By Day, which follows a young housewife who spends her time at home as a prostitute.
Additional Carriere credits include Le Mahabhrata, Valmont, Cyrano de Bergerac, Golden Boy and At the door of eternity. His last writing credit was for Philippe Garrel’s drama The salt of tears.
The prolific and ambitious screenwriter has also written novels and plays. In 1968, he created The notes and continued his work as a playwright, working with Jean-Louis Barrault and Isabella Rossellini. His novels include The strength of Buddhism, Invisible, Interviews on the end of time and Don’t expect to get rid of the pounds.