French director Claude Pinoteau, which revealed Isabelle Adjani, with The Slap (1974) and Sophie Marceau with La Boum (1980), died Friday, October 5 at the age of 87 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris, following a long illness, said his agent on Saturday, "Claude Pinoteau died, his wife has just told me the news," he told AFP, Elizabeth Tanner, agency Artmedia, confirming a report in the Sunday Journal.
Son of manager Lucien Pinoteau, Claude Pinoteau was born on May 25, 1925 and began his career as a stage and props manager, including working as an assistant with Jean Cocteau, Henri Verneuil and Claude Lelouch. Claude was the brother director, screenwriter Jack Pinoteau [1923- ] and actress Arlette Merry [1918- ]
He made his directorial debut with “The Silencer” (1972), with Lino Ventura. In 1974 again with Lino Ventura he directed “La gifle” with Annie Girardot and a young aspiring actress Isabelle Adjani. The film was awarded the Prix Louis-Delluc. Another debutante and another popular success in 1980 with Sophie Marceau in “La Boum”, which was followed by a sequel in 1982, before a new partnership in 1987 with “L'étudiante”. His only Euro-western was as an assistant director on “Guns for San Sebastian” directed by Henri Verneuil and starring Anthony Quinn and Charles Bronson.
Director, adapter, screenwriter and producer, Claude Pinoteau had practiced all aspects of filmmaking during a distinguished career that began in 1939.