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French film-maker Giovanni dies
Jose Giovanni
Jose Giovanni's The Hole was adapted from his own novel
French film-maker Jose Giovanni, who worked with actors including Alain Delon, has died aged 80.

The Corsican-born director, author and screenwriter was well-known in France for his crime movies.

He began his career as a scriptwriter in the late 1950s and began directing movies such as The Hitman in the 1970s.

Giovanni also won several awards in France for his crime novels. He died of a brain haemorrhage at a clinic in his adopted homeland of Switzerland.

The Hitman starred Jean-Paul Belmondo as a 1930s gangster.

Alain Delon appeared alongside the late Jean Gabin in Giovanni's next film, Deux Hommes Dans La Ville (Two Men In Town), about an ex-bank robber whose past comes back to haunt him after he is released from prison.


Giovanni made about 20 films throughout his directing career - his last film was Mon Pere, Il M'a Sauve La Vie (My Father Saved My Life) in 2001.

Bruno Cremer starred in the movie as an international poker player who loses one son to crime and fights to save another from a death sentence.

Giovanni also acted in several films, including La Repentie (The Repentant).

He was a member of the French Resistance during World War II and worked as a diver, lumberjack, mountain guide and coal miner.

He moved to Switzerland in the late 1960s and became a Swiss citizen.

Giovanni leaves a wife, daughter and son.

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