French director Patrice Chereau dies at 68
PARIS (AFP) - Patrice Chereau, the celebrated French theatre, opera and cinema director whose works included the epic 1994 film La Reine Margot, has died aged 68.
"He had an extraordinary vitality right until the end," said Elisabeth Tanner, co-director of the Artmedia agency that represented Chereau, as she confirmed his death.
Chereau made 10 films including the Oscar-nominated La Reine Margot, Persecution and Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train.
He was considered one of the greats of French theatre, but he made his name outside his home country with his 1976 staging of Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Bayreuth opera festival.