Published on : 05/24/2020 – 17:42
The French academician Jean-Loup Dabadie, who has exercised his many talents in various fields such as literature, journalism, cinema or song, died on Sunday May 24 in Paris, at the age of 81.
Author of sketches, lyricist, screenwriter of films, adapter of pieces… It is difficult to count all the strings that this artist had in his bow.
Born in 1938 in Paris, Jean-Loup Dabadie started out as a writer and journalist. He was 19 years old and had just left high school when he was spotted by Editions du Seuil. This is how his career starts writer with the publication, in 1958, of his first novel, Dry eyes.
An artist without limits
There follows a crazy trajectory. “Musician author” for Julien Clerc, reporter for Pierre Lazareff or sketch writer for Guy Bedos, nothing stops Jean-Loup Dabadie.
And his talent knows no boundaries: in the 1970s, cinema got hold of the young prodigy. His meeting with Claude Sautet made him the essential screenwriter of French cinema. Together, the tandem connects successes like Things of life, or Caesar and Rosalie.
At the same time, Jean-Loup Dabadie leads a brilliant lyricist career. Michel Polnareff, Yves Montand and even Johnny Hallyday… He multiplies fruitful collaborations. He works in particular with Claude Pinoteau, Jean-Paul Rappeneau or Yves Robert, for whom he wrote An elephant cheats a lot and We will all go to heaven.
An icon from the 1970s and 1990s
His last successes in cinema date back to the early 1980s, years during which Jean-Loup Dabadie lost the emphasis with his time. ” The profession of screenwriter must be done in an infinite shadow He liked to tell. A few decades later, in 2008, he was elected to the French Academy.
After marking time with his talent, Jean-Loup Dabadie stood out one last time. Died this Sunday, he had just finished the adaptation for the cinema of the novel The green shutters by Georges Simenon, with Gérard Depardieu in the interpretation of the first role.
► Interview with Jean-Loup Dabadie on the occasion of the International Day of La Francophonie 2017: