Beginning with short films in the early 1960s, Antoine Duhamel became a prominent composer for French films throughout that decade, working with famed directors Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut.

Born in 1925, Antoine was the son of author Georges Duhamel—an amateur musician whose early training of young Antoine fostered the child's passion—and actress Blance Albane. Antoine went on to study music at the Paris Conservatory and became fully focused on his musical career after World War II.

Duhamel's career in film composition spanned over four decades. In 2002, he received the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear for Safe Conduct (Laissez-passer). In addition to the Silver Bear, Duhamel's career also yielded three Goya Awards and five Cesar Awards.

Duhamel passed away Thursday at his home in Paris.