September 7, 2006

Director Remy Belvaux, Dead at 38

It has been reported by the BBC that Belgian director Remy Belvaux has died. A statement was issued by his family saying that he died north of Paris, in a town called Orry-la-Ville. There was no word on the casue of death.

Belvaux only directed a single feature film, but it is one that will be remembered. It was the controversial Man Bites Dog. A film that he also co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in. The film is a fascinating mockumentary that follows a serial killer as he goes about his business. It is a very dark comedy that is as funny as it is disturbing. As the subject goes about killing people in a variety of ways, he speaks his mind on art, music, and the need to dispose of the bodies.

The low budget film took over a year to film, as they had to halt production on occasion in order to make more money to buy supplies, such as film stock. The end result is a masterpiece that will not be forgotten. Man Bites Dog is disturbing and humorous, plus it provides some social commentary on the media and the effects of violence. How far is too far with regards to media getting in too close to the subject matter? For that matter, what effects do violence in the media have on society at large? It was an interesting movie that won numerous awards, including a pair at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

For only having one feature to his name, Remy Belvaux crafted a mature film, displaying a natural ability. It is a shame that he never directed another film. His career led him to the commercial scene, where he directed a number of television commercials.

At 38, Remy Belvaux died too young. My thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.


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