Prolific Gallic cultural figure Bernard Rapp, a noted journalist, film and television producer, author, prime-time national news anchor, screenwriter and film director, died August 17 of lung cancer. He was 61.
The dashing, erudite Parisian presented the 8 p.m. newscast on Gaul’s channel 2 for five years before spearheading and hosting a series of cultural programs often centered on authors and books. He co-authored the Larousse Encyclopedia of Cinema, a valuable reference work in the pre-Internet era, as well as other tomes on film and lit.
Noted Anglophile Rapp applied his insider knowledge of publishing to his first film, the bilingual cross-Channel revenge tale “Tire a part” (Limited Edition) in 1996 with Terence Stamp and Maria de Medeiros.
Rapp also produced De Medeiros’ recent doc about film critics “Je t’aime, moi non plus.”
He wrote and directed three other features. The deft, delectable food-and-finance themed “A Question of Taste” (2000) was nominated for five Cesars; followed by “No Big Deal” (2003) and “An Innocent Little Game” (2004), Rapp’s bigscreen adaptation of a hit play about a couple who jokingly imply they’re splitting in order to elicit family reactions.