Renowned French director Alain Resnais has died at the age of 91. Resnais was responsible for classics such as "Hiroshima, Mon Amour", "Last Year at Marienbad" and the documentary "Night and Fog" about Nazi concentration camps. He started his career directing medium length films back in the 1940s and came to increasing prominence with “Night and Fog” and “Van Gogh”, eventually winning an Oscar in 1950.

Alain Resnais, Cannes Film Festival
Resnais was a Cannes regular, with ties to the festival dating back to the 1950s.

He directed one of his seminal works – “Hiroshima, Mon Amour” in 1959 with with author Marguerite Duras as scriptwriter. The film tells the story of a love affair between a French woman and a Japanese architect – highly recommended Sunday night viewing.

The director won a lifetime achievement award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, while the Berlin Film Festival awarded him the Alfred Bauer prize for his last film, "Loving, Drinking and Eating", to be released in France this month.

Actors and fellow filmmakers have expressed grief over Resnais’ passing. Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, hailed a director whose films have influenced generations of film-makers.

"He hit hard from the start with his short films in the 1950s and when the Nouvelle Vague arrived, he was sort of a big brother."

Alain Resnais, Cannes Film Festival
His passing was mourned by fans and peers over the weekend.

According to Reuters, French President Francois Hollande added his own condolences today, saying in a statement: “He constantly broke codes, rules and trends while appealing to a vast audience.”