French director Jean-Jacques Beineix is best-known for making two of the most provocative films of the 1980s, Diva (1982) and 37.2 le matin (Betty Blue, 1986). Dark, haunting, and filled with substantial helpings of violence and/or sex, both films were great successes in France, winning a number of awards and a degree of cinematic immortality for their director.
Born in Paris' 17th arrondissement on October 8, 1946, Beineix took an interest in cinema at a young age. After discovering the medium through repeated viewings of old 16mm films at a local cinema club, he began making 8mm shorts with his friends when he was 16. In 1970, Beineix began his career as an assistant director for Jean-Louis Trintignant and Claude Berri; a few years later, he started writing scripts, and in 1977 he made his directorial debut with Le Chien De Monsieur Michel, a well-received short.