Prolific producer and screenwriter Henry Lange died of cancer in Paris on Sept. 5, four days after his 64th birthday.
The son of a French diplomat, Lange was born in Paris and studied math at Ecole Polytechnique and Mandarin at Langues Orientales before joining the French army. During his service, Lange began his filmmaking career by producing several pics for Service Cinematographique de l’Armee.
Lange produced more than 60 films throughout his career, 16 of which were completed with longtime friend and partner Howard Zucker. Among his best-known films are “L’Ordre et la Securite du Monde” (Concorde Affair) with Dennis Hopper, “Trompe l’Oeil” with Max von Sydow, “Le Rouge aux Levres” (Daughters of Darkness) and the 1974 Oscar-winning feature documentary “Hearts and Minds.”
Lange garnered numerous other awards and nominations throughout his career including five prizes at the Venice Film Festival for Werner Herzog’s “Cerro Torre” (Scream of Stone) and 1987’s Academy Award for best foreign film “Le Journal d’un Vieux Fou.”
Between features, Lange worked regularly with French, German, British and American TV companies such as Canal Plus, Channel Four, RAI, Miramax, Disney and Viacom.
He was in the midst of planning his directorial debut with “Promenade,” a film from Lange’s own autobiographical screenplay.
Plans are under way to form a foundation for young filmmakers in his memory.
He is survived by his wife Zuo Si of Paris and Beijing.