Death of journalist Marie-Françoise Leclère, “realistic feminist” and film critic

Emblematic figure in the drafting of Point, Marie-Françoise Leclère died at the age of 79. Editor-in-chief of the magazine’s culture department until 2007, she was a member of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival in 1994.

Journalist Marie-Françoise Leclère, figure of the magazine Point and former juror of the Cannes festival, died at the age of 79, the weekly said on Tuesday.

His colleague the journalist Christophe Ono-dit-Biot, who began his career under his aegis at Point, immediately paid her a fine tribute, by highlighting in particular her qualities as a leader of men and women: “We were lucky to enter the profession with Marie-Françoise Leclère. At Point, of which she had joined in 1979 the body of musketeers of humanist irreverence in the Renaissance sense, led by her friend Claude Imbert, this passionate-greedy-curious about everything, but first of all books and cinema, was the editor in head of culture, “stylish”, as children say today, his loving boss (we repeat, it suits him so well), his boss perhaps, but in the sense of gang leader. “

Freedom of mind and speech

Introduced to journalism by Hélène Lazareff at It, of which she had become the assistant editor, she brought within the magazine feminist struggles like the right to abortion. Intellectual, passionate about cinematographic culture, Marie-Françoise Leclère was also a fighter of the spirit, who was keen to advance and above all to develop her ideas, as Christophe Ono-dit-Bio underlined again: “A realistic feminist, she had brought and orchestrated the fight for the right to abortion, the major campaigns, the Bobigny trial. Yes, a realistic feminist, equal opportunities and wages, but cheerfulness, carelessness, freedom of speech, of spirit for everyone, and without hating men, quite the contrary.

Marie-Françoise Leclère will have been close to personalities such as the writer Umberto Eco, the publisher Jean-Claude Fasquelle or the filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud. She had co-signed with the latter A life for the cinema, biography of the director published in 2018.

The seventh art was one of his greatest passions. A critic always in search of a new approach, she also participated in cinematographic creation by being co-writer of José Pinheiro’s film. The words to say it, in 1983.

Finally, and it was one of her most memorable memories, in 1994, she will be part of the jury of the Cannes festival chaired by Clint Eastwood. That year, Quentin Tarantino won the Palme d’Or with pulp Fiction, an exceptional film, like Marie-Françoise Leclère.


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