- Brach, Gérard
- (July 23, 1927, Montrouge, Hauts-de-Seine, France - September 9, 2006, Paris, France)He dropped out of school in the early 1940s intending to dedicate himself to drawing and painting. At age eighteen, he suffered from tuberculosis and spent five years in a sanitarium where he read a lot and discovered his interest for surrealism. A production assistant in the 1950s and then a press attaché for Twentieth Century Fox (1959-1962), he befriended Roman Polanski and made his screenwrit-ing debut co-authoring with the Polish director the segment "La Rivière de Diamants" of Les plus belles Escroqueries du Monde in 1963. Until his death in 2006, he co-wrote almost sixty movies. He regularly collaborated with Roman Polanski (1965 Repulsion, UK; 1966 Cul-de-Sac, UK; 1967 Dance of the Vampires / USA: The Fearless Vampire Killers / The Fearless Vampire Killers, or: Pardon Me, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck, UK / US; 1972 What? / Che? / Quoi? / Was? / USA: Diary of Forbidden Dreams, Italy / France / West Germany; 1976 Le Locataire / The Tenant, France / USA; 1979 Tess, France / UK; 1986 Pirates, France / Tunisia; 1988 Frantic, USA / France; 1992 Bitter Moon / Lunes de Fiel, France / UK), Claude Berri (1967 Le Vieil Homme et l'Enfant / UK: The Old Man and the Boy / USA: The Two of Us; 1986 Jean de Florette; Manon des Sources / Manon delle sorgenti / USA: Manon of the Spring, France / Italy), and Jean-Jacques Annaud (1981 La Guerre du Feu / Quest for Fire, Canada / France / USA; 1986 Le Nom de la Rose / Der Name der Rose / Il nome della rosa / USA: The Name of the Rose, France / West Germany / Italy; 1988 L'Ours / The Bear, France / USA; 1992 L'Amant the Lover, France / UK / Vietnam; 2007 Sa Majesté Minor / Su Majestad Minor, France / Spain). He died of lung cancer.Filmography◘ Des Bleuets dans la Tête (short; also screenwriter)◘ La Maison (also screenwriter, adapter, dialogist)1971 ◘ Le Bateau sur l'Herbe / USA: The Boat on the Grass (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter, co-dialogist)
Encyclopedia of French film directors . Philippe Rège. 2011.