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"Petar Ouvaliev aka Pierre Rouve" (1915-1998), writer, director, critic and journalist was one of the most influential Bulgarian intellectuals in the second half of the 20th century.

He spent most of his life in the UK where he worked for the BBC and for some of the most famous people in the film industry: Carlo Ponti and Michelangelo Antonioni. His best known movies are "The Millionairess" (1960) with Sofia Loren and "Blow Up" (1966) with Vanessa Redgrave.

In his early years Petar Ouvaliev had a successful diplomatic diplomatic career but he decided to concentrate on the arts. His decision to stay in the UK led to an in absentia prison sentence.

A passion for arts journalism led to regular publications in Arts Review and to his major work on the English artist JMW Turner. Later, welcomed back to Bulgaria after 1989, his journalistic experience was called upon by writers and lecturers.

The award in 1992 of Doctor Honoris Causa of Sofia University was a recognition of his achievements from his alma mater. His rich intellectual life continued in East and West until his death in London in 1998.

Buried in Sofia, he finally returned home.

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