Jean-Claude Carriere, ‘Unbearable Lightness of Being’ Screenwriter, Dies at 89

Jean-Claude Carriere, the prolific French screenwriter and novelist who was Oscar-nominated for “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” “That Obscure Object of Desire” and “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” died Monday at his home in Paris. He was 89.

His family confirmed his death, of natural causes, to AFP.

Carriere was a frequent collaborator with Luis Luis Bunuel, writing the screenplays for “Diary of a Chambermaid,” in which he also played the village priest, ” “Belle de Jour,” “The Milky Way” and “The Phantom of Liberty” as well as the international arthouse hits and Oscar nominees “That Obscure Object of Desire” and “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeousie.”

His other notable credits included “The Tin Drum,” “The Return of Martin Guerre,” and Nagisa Oshima’s “Max, Mon Amour.”

Carriere won an Oscar for writing the short film “Happy Birthday” in 1963.

In 2014, he received an honorary Oscar for his lifetime achievements.

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