Legendary French Director Chabrol Dead At 80
Claude Chabrol, a founder of France's New Wave cinema in the '50s and '60s, died Sunday in Paris at the age of 80. The cause of death was not disclosed. For more than 60 years, he worked at a furious pace, turning out a film nearly every year. His last feature, Bellamy , starring Gérard Depardieu, was released in 2009. In a radio interview, Thierry Fremaux, artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival, remarked that Chabrol's death came as a shock, "because he was 80 years old but he continued to work, and the energy, feeling and joie de vivre that he always showed made you think he'd always be around."