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Raimu

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French actor Raimu (sometimes billed as Jules Raimu) was on-stage from the age of 15, performing at "coffee concerts" and appearing as a supernumerary in casino shows in his native Toulon. After several years' ascendency in music halls and regional shows, Raimu was "discovered" for the legitimate stage in 1916 by writer/director Sacha Guitry. Throughout the 1920s, Raimu was a leading light of the Parisian theater scene, alternating between classic comedy roles, modern-dress fare, and well-received appearances at the Cigale and the Folies Bergere. In 1929, Raimu was cast in what was considered his finest role to date, the philosophical Marseilles tavern keeper Cesar in Marcel Pagnol's Marius. When time came to commit Marius to film in 1931, it was a "given" that Raimu would re-create his roles. An unhappy fling at moviemaking some 20 years earlier had made him reluctant to stand before the cameras, but Raimu agreed to make his talkie debut in Le Blanc et le Noir (1931), directed by old mentor Sacha Guitry. After this pleasant experience, Raimu, as enthusiastic as a schoolboy, agreed to appear in Marius (1931); he would go on to repeat his Cesar characterization in the two remaining entries in Pagnol's "Marseilles Trilogy," Fanny (1932) and Cesar (1935). Though little known in America outside the big cities that could support "art" cinema houses, Raimu was regarded by the rest of the world as one of France's greatest actors; some observers, notably Orson Welles, considered him the greatest. In 1943, Raimu took a three-year sabbatical from filmmaking when he was invited to join La Comedie Francaise, where he excelled in the plays of Moliere. At war's end, Raimu made one last film, The Eternal Husband (1946), before his death at age 63.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Noix de coco (Cocoanut)
  • Joseph Josserand
2015
No Score Yet Les Nouveaux Riches
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Les gaîtés de l'escadron (Fun in Barracks)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Tartarin De Tarascon
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Les inconnus dans la maison (Strangers in the House)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Le fauteuil
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Colonel Chabert
  • Col. Chabert
1947
100% The Well-Digger's Daughter (La fille du puisatier)
  • Pascal Amoretti
1946
No Score Yet Le Colonel Chabert (Colonel Chabert) 1943
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet The Heat Of A Nation (Untel Pere Et Fils)
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet The Heart of a Nation
  • Jules Froment
1943
No Score Yet The Baker's Wife (La Femme du boulanger)
  • Aimable the baker
$1.2M 1938
No Score Yet L'étrange Monsieur Victor
  • Victor
1938
No Score Yet Dance Program (Un Carnet de Bal)
  • Francois Patusset
1938
100% Pearls of the Crown
  • Southemer
1937
100% César
  • César Ollivier
1936
No Score Yet Faisons Un Rêve
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Les jumeaux de Brighton
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Fanny
  • Cesar
1932
100% Marius
  • Cesar Olivier
1931
No Score Yet Pagnol - The Fanny Trilogy
  • Actor
1931

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