French Film Director Yves Allegret Dies
PARIS (AP) _ Film director Yves Allegret, a leading figure of post-World War II French cinema, died Saturday, his family said. He was 79.
The cause of death was not announced.
Allegret learned to direct as an assistant to his brother Marc and to Jean Renoir. As a young man in the 1930s, he was linked to the surrealist and Trotskyist movements.
He directed his first film in 1941 and made light comedies during the war. But his major works were of social criticism and came after the liberation of France. Some starred actress Simone Signoret, whom he married in 1946 and by whom he had a daughter, Catherine.
The couple divorced and Ms. Signoret later married actor Yves Montand. She died last year.
Among Allegret’s most noted films were ″Dedee d’Anvers″ (1947), ″Une Si Jolie Petite Plage″ (Such a Pretty Little Beach, 1948) with actor Gerard Philippe, and ″La Meilleur Partie″ (The Best Part, 1955).
His most successful film was ″Les Orgueilleux″ (The Proud Ones, 1953), written by Jean-Paul Sartre and starring Michele Morgan and Gerard Philippe.
He also made a highly successful television series based on Georges Simenon’s fictional detective, Commissioner Maigret.
Allegret won the International Prize of the Venice Film Festival in 1953.