Claude Zidi

Claude Zidi

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Birthday: Jul 25, 1934

Birthplace: Paris, France

A French writer/director who specializes in mainstream comedies, Claude Zidi is best known for his award-winning 1984 film, "My New Partner." Zidi began his career as an assist cameraman on the 1959 Georges Franju film "Head Against the Wall," then moved up to main camera operator on several 1960s films including Claude Chabrol's "Bad Girls" and "Le Boucher." He also worked briefly as a cinematographer before writing and directing the war-themed comedy "Rookies Run Amok" in 1971. Zidi directed several of his own scripts in the '70s, including the 1976 farce "The Wing and the Thigh" starring comedic legend Louis de Funès as a food critic in one of his last roles. Zidi's comedy "My New Partner," about a crooked policeman, starred Philippe Noiret and earned Zidi the Best Director César Award and also a nomination for his script. Zidi's 1991 script "La totale!" was eventually made into the Hollywood film "True Lies," and in 1999 he co-wrote and directed "Astérix et Obélix contre César," a lavish adaptation of the famous comic book adventures starring Gérard Depardieu and Roberto Benigni. Two sequels to "My New Partner" were made in 1990 and 2003, the latter being Zidi's last directorial effort to date.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 29% Part-Time Cops Director,
Producer
- 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Antilles sur Seine Producer - 2000
No Score Yet 42% Asterix & Obelix vs. Caesar Director $2.1M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Arlette Director,
Screenwriter
- 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Low Profile Director,
Writer
- 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Titkolt Titkosugynok Director - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet My New Partner 2 Director - 1990
No Score Yet 38% Les Rois du gag Director - 1984
No Score Yet 80% My New Partner Director - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Banzai Director,
Screenwriter
- 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Under-Gifted on Vacation Director - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Under-Gifted Director,
Writer
- 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inspecteur la Bavure Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spat Director - 1978
No Score Yet 53% Stuntwoman Director,
Screenwriter
- 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wing and the Thigh Director,
Screenwriter
- 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sadsacks Go to War Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stadium Nuts Director,
Writer
- 1972

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