August 1, 2021

Death of Dennis Berry, director who was married to Jean Seberg and Anna Karina

He was the husband of two icons of the New Wave, Jean Seberg then Anna Karina. Dennis Berry, American director, screenwriter and actor, is dead at 76, his agent told Agence France-Presse on Sunday, June 13.

“The director Dennis Berry passed away in Paris on June 12 at 9.45 am Surrounded by all the love of his friends, he left to find Anna Karina”, died in 2019, said his agent, Ouarda Benlaala.

Born in the United States, Dennis Berry had lived in Paris since the 1970s. In 1972, he married the American actress Jean Seberg, the student with whom Jean-Paul Belmondo fell in love in Breathless, by Jean-Luc Godard, in 1960. The couple was already separated when the actress died in Paris, in 1979.

In 1982, he married another icon of the New Wave, the Danish Anna Karina, who appeared in several films by Jean-Luc Godard, including Pierrot le fou. This is a fourth marriage for Anna Karina, and it will be the last. In 2018, during an interview with AFP, she noted, a little incredulous: “I have been married for almost forty years to the same man. “

Dennis Berry, son of John Berry, also a director, who fled McCarthyism, begins in the cinema in The Collector, by Eric Rohmer, in 1967, then multiplied the small roles alongside stars like Alain Delon or Jean-Paul Belmondo (in Borsalino) and even Johnny Hallyday, and under the direction of filmmakers like Jules Dassin, Eric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette, Carlo Lizzani, Jacques Deray or André Téchiné.

As a director, he notably signed, in 1975, The Great Delirium, his first film, with Jean Seberg and Isabelle Huppert. In 2017, he devoted a documentary to his wife: Anna Karina, remember. His latest film, Savages, was released in 2019.

Dennis Berry has also directed several television series, such as Highlander, series in which Marion Cotillard took her first steps in an episode in 1992, Stargate Sg-1 or The Crime.

The World with AFP