Daniel Duval, 1944 – 2013

Daniel Duval

Daniel Duval in Michael Haneke’s ‘Caché’

Le Monde is among the many French news outlets reporting that actor, director, and writer Daniel Duval has died, aged 68. He’s likely to be remembered outside of France primarily for his performances in Michael Haneke‘s Time of the Wolf (2003) and Caché (2005) and for his brief marriage to Anna Karina (1978 – 1981), but he’s appeared in over 70 films and TV series and his own Shadow of the Castles won the Silver Prize at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival in 1977. In 1979, he directed Miou-Miou and Maria Schneider in La dérobade (Memoirs of a French Whore).

“With a gaunt figure and an emaciated bony face, he was predisposed to dark characters, sometimes romantic and self-destructive but always violent,” writes Guy Bellinger at the IMDb. “He tended to replicate these character features in real life, which caused him trouble and hurt his career, even leading him to jail in 1987. Fortunately, he was released for lack of evidence and resumed his acting career. He made a brilliant comeback in 1996 with two particularly aggressive and pathetic figures: the father in Y’aura t’il de la neige à Noël? ([Will It Snow For Christmas?]1996) and the sadistic lover in Si je t’aime, prends garde à toi ([Beware of My Love] 1998).”

Duval also worked with Bertrand Tavernier (Que la fête commence…, 1975), Serge Gainsbourg (Stan the Flasher, 1990), Olivier Marchal (36 Quai des Orfèvres, 2004; Les Lyonnais, 2011), François Ozon (Time to Leave, 2005), Alain Corneau (Le deuxième souffle, 2007), and Amos Gitai (One Day You’ll Understand, 2008).

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