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Eric Assous, prolific writer and screenwriter of plays and films, has died aged 64



Author of dozens of radio plays for France Inter, he had also signed scripts for television series including “Nestor Burma”.

Eric Assous, author and screenwriter of numerous plays and films including Roller coasters with Alain Delon and Bernard Tapie, died Monday, October 12 in Paris at the age of 64 following a long illness, producer and director Philippe Hersen, a friend of the family, told AFP.

Awarded by two Molières from the French-speaking author in 2010 and 2015 for the pieces The conjugal illusion and We will never lie, Eric Assous was also honored in 2014 by the Grand Prix du théâtre of the Académie française for his entire dramatic work.

Eric Assous was a prolific and talented author. We have mounted several pieces with Alain Delon and Bernard Tapie. He was an exceptional author and dialogue writer, specialist in married life“, said Philippe Hersen who had also entrusted him with the adaptation for Bernard Tapie of the play Oscar by Pierre Mondy, brought to the screen in 1967, with Louis de Funès by Edouard Molinaro.

Author of dozens of radio plays for France Inter, he had also signed scripts for television series including Nestor burma. He had directed several films including People in swimsuits aren’t (necessarily) superficial (2001) and Very Opposed Sexes (2002). For the cinema, he was also the screenwriter in particular ofAdultery (2018) by Philippe Harel, Two days to kill (2008) by Jean Becker and “A swallow made the spring“(2001) by Christian Carion.

At the theater, Eric Assous has also signed many boulevard plays including The Sisters-in-law (2007) in a production by Jean-Luc Moreau, Family secret with Michel Sardou, An ordinary day (2011) with Alain Delon and his daughter Anouchka, Nos Femmes (2013) in a production by Richard Berry with Daniel Auteuil and Unmentionable (2018) with Michel Leeb.

Vaudeville is an extremely difficult art. These are mathematical equations to be implemented. Both literature, mathematics and observation“, Eric Assous explained to Le Figaro in 2018.

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