Ms. Bellon attended the Institute for Advanced Cinematographic Studies, now called La Fémis, in Paris. Her first film as a director — “Goémons” (1947), a short about seaweed gatherers on an island off the coast of Brittany — won the documentary award at the Venice International Film Festival. She followed that in 1951 with a short about the French writer Colette as she neared 80.
She directed short films, documentaries and TV series before making the transition to features in 1972 with “Somewhere, Someone,” which interweaves stories about the impact of recent modernization on several people in Paris, including an elderly couple. In “Nevermore, Forever” (1976), Ms. Bellon told the story, through flashbacks, of a woman mourning the loss of a female friend. “L’Amour Nu” (1981) is about a woman, newly in love, who learns she has breast cancer.
In later films, Ms. Bellon explored bisexuality and teenage drug addiction. She directed her eighth and final feature, “On Guard,” in 1992.
No immediate family members survive. Her sister, Loleh Bellon, who died in 1999, was an actress who appeared in two of her films and collaborated on the screenplay of another.
In 2001, Ms. Bellon collaborated with the experimental French director Chris Marker on “Remembrance of Things to Come,” a stylized 42-minute documentary about her globe-trotting mother’s photographs of artists, writers, wounded veterans, psychiatric patients, clowns, French Legionnaires and prostitutes.
Her final directing project, “Where Does This Distant Air Come From?” (2018), was a retrospective of her life and career.
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