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Henri Verneuil

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Director Henri Verneuil was born Achod Malakian of Armenian parentage on October 15, 1920, in Rodosto, Turkey, and his family fled to France and settled in Marseilles when he was a young child. He later recounted his childhood experience in the novel Mayrig, which he dedicated to his mother and made into a 1991 film with the same name, which was followed by a sequel, 588 Rue Paradis, the following year. Verneuil enrolled in 1943 at the Ecole Navale des Arts et Métiers at Aix-en-Provence, where he studied engineering. He then pursued a career in journalism, working as the editor-in-chief of the magazine Horizon in 1944-1946 and as a film critic for a Marseilles radio station. In 1947, he had an idea for a short film set in Marseilles and proposed it to the famous comedian Fernandel. The comic liked it, and thus began a long-lasting partnership which produced such popular film hits as Forbidden Fruit, The Sheep Has Five Legs, and The Cow and I. Verneuil also had an important collaboration with Jean Gabin, starting with Les Gens sans Importance in 1955 and continuing with A Monkey in Winter, Any Number Can Win, and The Sicilian Clan in 1969. The commercial success of those films was invaluable to the filmmaker, and opened the door to a number of big-budget international productions, including The 25th Hour, Guns for San Sebastian (both starring Anthony Quinn), and Night Flight to Moscow starring Yul Brynner and Henry Fonda. Ironically, however, these projects did not turn out to be as successful as his French-made action thrillers with Jean-Paul Belmondo: The Burglars, Night Caller, and Les Morfalous. Verneuil received an honorary César award in 1996 for the body of his work. He died in January 2002.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Une manche et la belle (A Kiss for a Killer)
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Les lions sont lâchés (The Lions Are Loose)
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet La Table-aux-Crevés (The Hunting Ground)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Les amants du Tage (The Lovers of Lisbon)
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet 588 Rue Paradis (Mother)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet Mayrig
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Mille milliards de dollars (A Thousand Billion Dollars)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet I as in Icarus
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet Le Corps de mon ennemi (Body of My Enemy)
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet Peur sur la ville
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1975
No Score Yet The Serpent
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1973
No Score Yet Le Casse (The Burglars)
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1972
No Score Yet The Sicilian Clan
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1969
No Score Yet Guns for San Sebastian
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet La Vingt-cinquième heure (The 25th Hour)
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Cent mille dollars au soleil (Greed in the Sun)
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Week-end à Zuydcoote (Weekend at Dunkirk)
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Any Number Can Win
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1963
No Score Yet Un singe en hiver (A Monkey in Winter) (It's Hot in Hell)
  • Director
1962
No Score Yet Le President
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1961
No Score Yet Love and the Frenchwoman
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet The Cow and I
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet Sois belle et tais-toi (Be Beautiful But Shut Up)
  • Director
1958
No Score Yet People of No Importance (Des Gens Sans Importance)
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet The Sheep Has Five Legs
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1954
No Score Yet Forbidden Fruit
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet The President
  • Director
1920

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