The French film director Jean-Jacques Beineix died on Thursday at the age of 75, his family told Agence France Presse on Friday.
After the success of Betty Blue, Beineix took the plunge when big Hollywood studios came knocking.
Beineix came to prominence with his first film, Diva, in 1980, and achieved wider international fame in 1986 with the movie Betty Blue, starring Jean-Hugues Anglade and Beatrice Dalle.
Although he continued to make documentaries, Beineix began to write, returning to the theme of his greatest success Betty Blue in his debut novel Toboggan.
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