French producer Jacques Bar has died. He was 87. The producer of more than 80 films passed away in Paris last month (19Jan09). No further details of his death are known as WENN goes to press.
Bar founded Cite Films in 1947, produced his first movie, La Maternelle, in 1949, and went on to become one of the most revered talents in French cinema.
His most famous French-language films include My Father, The Hero starring Gerard Depardieu, Henry Verneuil's Any Number Can Win and Rene Clement's Joy House.
He also oversaw seven of legendary French actor Jean Gabin's 'late period' movies, which were claimed to be the best of his career.
Most recently, Bar produced Depardieu's 1999 TV mini-series The Count of Monte Cristo, and director Stephen Soderbergh's segment of 2004's Eros.