Henri Verneuil

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Birthday: Oct 15, 1920
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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

CREDIT
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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