Mr. Berri was a film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. He was a director of the short film Le Poulet, 1963, and of feature-length films, including One Wild Moment, 1978, Jean de Florette, 1986, and Manon of the Spring, 1987. Mr. Berri served as a producer of Me (also known as L'enfance nue and Naked Childhood), 1970; Tess, 1980; Banzai, 1983; The African (also known as L’Africain), 1983; and The Bear, 1989. Claude Berri acted as an executive producer of Valmont, 1989.
In 2003, he was elected President of the Cinémathèque Française where he obtained enough state subsidies to cover the costs of its resurgence at its new site in the rue de Bercy.
Mr. Berri died of a stroke on 12 January 2009, aged 74.
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Claude Berri Married Anne-Marie Rassam in 1967, but later they divorced. He had 2 children: Julien Langmann, Thomas Langmann. Mr. Berri's wife committed suicide in 1997, jumping from the apartment of Isabelle Adjani's mother.