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The director and theater director Marcel Bluwal, an emblematic figure of the conservatory of dramatic art in Paris, died on October 23 at the age of 96. Mr. Bluwal died “peacefully on Saturday morning” in Paris, said his entourage.
The director and theater director Marcel Bluwal, who died this Saturday at the age of 96, was born in Paris on May 26, 1925 to Polish Jewish immigrant parents.He entered television in the 1950s where he began by directing children’s programs (“Thursday afternoon”) before embarking on the television adaptation of masterpieces of theater and literature. It offers, alongside the dramas, the series If it was you (1957), acclaimed by critics, composed of works of fiction based on social subjects, such as the housing problems of a young couple, the running away of a teenager.
It dust off the greatest authors
He who has a high idea of the cultural mission of television dust off the greatest authors: The barber of Seville, Figaro’s wedding, The game of love and chance, The Karamazov brothers. From the years 1980-1990, he abandoned the small screen for the theater. Several staging are noticed, including in particular The Misanthrope (1968), Dom Juan returns from war (1975), False confidences (1982).
In 2007 he won the Molière for best adaptation for At Vincent Delecroix’s doorstep, with Michel Aumont. In the 1980s, he produced several opera productions in Germany (So do all of them, The Magic Flute…).
His forays into the cinema – like Carambolages with Louis de Funès (1963) or The most beautiful country in the world (1998) with Claude Brasseur – were more modest and received a mixed reception.
Engaged on the left, he was a member of the PCF, which he left in 1981. In 2008, after thirteen years of absence from television, he directed the miniseries To the right any devoted to the rise of the extreme right in France during the years 1935-1937 through the formation of La Cagoule, an underground organization which fomented the overthrow of the Republic.
« My sorrow is immense, I wish him a nice trip, he was an essential man », Wrote on Facebook the actress Ariane Ascaride, who was his student. “ A pioneer, he opened up so many possible fields for television. He showed how very beautiful and very demanding she can be », Wrote on his Twitter account the president of the Cannes Film Festival, Pierre Lescure. A man “ smart and brave », « A model “, Also praised on Twitter, the writer Philippe Labro.
« Thank you Marcel for your commitment, thank you on behalf of all the authors », Added on Twitter the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD), which he had headed in the late 1990s.