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“Great curious” and “genius of the image”, the reactions to the death of Jacques Perrin


For his friend, Costa-Gavras, the actor and director liked to clear new lands. After his great career in front of the camera, this defender of nature devoted himself to animal documentaries.

The announcement of the disappearance at the age of 80 of the actor, producer and French filmmaker Jacques Perrin has aroused several emotional reactions this Thursday, April 21. “The family has the immense sadness to inform you of the disappearance of the filmmaker Jacques Perrin, who died on Thursday April 21 in Paris. He passed away peacefully, announced his family in a statement sent to AFP by his son, Mathieu Simonet.

“He was one of the most subtle and interesting French producers”mentioned on France Info the director Costa-Gavras, who had worked with Jacques Perrin on his feature film Z. “He liked to do new things, to go where no one expected him. He was a man of great curiosity and extreme kindness. The filmmaker praised in particular the tireless character of a Frenchman “who never stopped”. And who was coupled with a hell of a business sense: “He wasn’t afraid to find the money either, he always managed to convince producers, financiers, bankers.”

“I admired Jacques Perrintestified on Twitter the filmmaker Xavier Beauvois. I had the chance to shoot him, his talent, his availability, his kindness made me admire him even more after the shoot. I am immensely sad”. “A lot of sadness to learn of the death of Jacques Perrin and gratitude for all he has accomplished”, also reacted on Twitter the director and environmental activist Cyril Dion. The actor and producer has been as hailed as the director of wildlife documentaries.

The diver and oceanographer François Sarano paid a vibrant tribute on France Bleu to the nature lover he met for almost ten years. “He was a poet, a genius of the image, someone who knows how to convey the emotions that nature and the world inspire in him. He was a generous he confided. He made me who I am. I learned a lot from Cousteau but it was he who really made me discover the sea beyond everything I had learned at university.

The permanent secretary of the Academy of Fine Arts, Laurent Petitgirard, also expressed his “great sadness”, at the announcement of the death of Jacques Perrin. The filmmaker was elected to the Institute in December 2016 and installed in 2019. Less common, the French Navy also paid tribute on its social networks to a “huge actor, director, marine painter and citizen reservist, who, all his life, remained in love with the sea and made the Navy shine”.

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