Filmmaker Richard Leacock Dies

He was one of the pioneers of the cinema verite documentary style.

English documentarian Richard Leacock, a pioneer of the cinema verite filmmaking style, died Wednesday in Paris, according to published reports. He was 89.

Some of his films include 1960's Primary, which followed the young Massachusetts senator John F. Kennedy, 1962's The Flesh, 1972's 1 P.M. and most recently 2008's A President to Remember. Leacock, along with D.A. Pennebaker, Albert and David Maysles and Bob Drew, were the first to make cinema verite documentaries, which inspired shows like PBS' An American Family in the 1970s and MTV's The Real World.

Leacock, who was born July 18, 1921, in London, grew up on his father's banana plantation in the Canary Islands, where he began shooting his first films, including Canary Bananas in 1953. He attended boarding schools in England beginning at 8 years old before moving to Paris later in life.