, the man behind the French classic Les Tontons flingueurs (known in English as Monsieur Gangster), has passed away after a long illness in Paris, France.
The veteran director, son to actress Renée Saint-Cyr, was born in Nice in 1926. Shortly after moving to Paris, he directed The Black Monocle, a movie which caught the eye of producer Alain Poiré, who would later support Lautner to direct his most famous film, Les Tontons flingueurs, which he also co-authored with . Les Tontons flingueurs (1963) is a gangster comedy based on the book Gribi Or Not Grisbi by Albert Simonin. This Wednesday (Nov. 27th) marks the black-and-white classic's 50th anniversary.
Lautner went on to direct a plethora of films, including Des pissenlits par la racine, les Bon Vivants (co-directed with ), Road to Salina, Mort d'un pourri, Le Guignolo, The Professional, Flic ou vouyou Presumed Dangerous (starring ), and Triplex. He was thanked by in the credits of Kill Bill: Vol. II and directed his last feature film in 1992 (Strangers In The House, starring ).
French newspaper Le Figaro summed up his legacy with this sentence:
A symbol of the renewal of French post-war cinema, Georges Lautner knew, with Michel Audiard, how to impose a style of popular comedies that today remains inimitable.
Condolences to friends and family of one of the most influential French directors of all time.