The Info List - Henri Verneuil

Cannes Film Festival, Golden Palm 1964 Cent mille dollars au soleil Oscar Award
Oscar Award
(Nominated) 1956 Le Mouton à cinq pattes César Awards
César Awards
1996 Golden Globe Award 1961 Mélodie en sous-sol
Mélodie en sous-sol

Henri Verneuil, born Ashot Malakian (15 October 1920 – 11 January 2002), was a French-Armenian playwright and filmmaker, who made a successful career in France. He was nominated for Oscar and Palme d'Or awards, and won Locarno International Film Festival, Edgar Allan Poe Awards, French Legion of Honor, Golden Globe Award, French National Academy of Cinema and Honorary Cesar awards. According to one obituary:

For exactly 40 years, the prolific Verneuil made movies as mainstream and commercial as any to be found in America or Britain. In his best period - the 1950s and 1960s - he delivered films in the "tradition of quality" so despised by the Nouvelle Vague. Many of them proved excellent vehicles for old-timers Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
and Fernandel, and newcomers such as Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo
and Alain Delon.[1]


1 Life and career

1.1 Early life 1.2 Film career

2 Filmography 3 References 4 External links

Life and career[edit] Early life[edit] Verneuil was born Ashot Malakian (Armenian: Աշոտ Մալաքեան) to Armenian parents in Rodosto, East Thrace, Turkey.[2] In 1924, when Ashot was a little child his family fled to Marseille
in France,[3] to escape persecution after the Armenian Genocide.[2][1] 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.[4] Verneuil entered the Ecole Nationale d'Arts et Metiers in Aix-en-Provence in 1942. After graduation, he worked as a journalist, then became editor of Horizon Armenian magazine. Film career[edit] In 1947, Verneuil managed to convince the established European film actor Fernandel
to appear in his first film.[5] In 1951 he directed his first feature, the black comedy La Table aux crevés. His second film, Forbidden Fruit (1952), based on a Georges Simenon novel, was even more acclaimed. Later he also directed other movie stars including Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura
Lino Ventura
(all together acting for him in "Le clan des siciliens" in 1969[6]), Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo
("Le Corps de mon ennemi" in 1976[7] and other films), Omar Sharif, Claudia Cardinale (Mayrig),[8] Yves Montand
Yves Montand
and Michèle Morgan. Verneuil has filmed almost all the great figures of French cinema, with the exception of Bourvil, as even Louis de Funes
Louis de Funes
has a small role in one of his films. After the American experience (he was called the "most American of French directors"), in 1969 Verneuil "found" France. He was awarded a César[9] in 1996 and he was elected a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. He died at Bagnolet, a suburb of Paris, in 2002. The opening of the seventh annual Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan
paid tribute to Verneuil. His son, television director Patrick Malakian, who reclaimed the name of his historical ancestors, received the posthumous award, the Parajanov’s Thaler, for his father’s contribution to cinema. Filmography[edit]

Pipe chien (1950) On demande un bandit (1950) Maldonne (1950) La Légende de Terre-Blanche (1950) L'Art d'être courtier (1950) Compositeurs et Chansons de Paris
(1951) La Table aux crevés (1951) (+ playwright) Le Fruit défendu
Le Fruit défendu
(1952) (+ playwright) Brelan d'As (1952) Le Boulanger de Valorgue (1953) Carnaval (Carnival) (1953) L'Ennemi Public n°1
L'Ennemi Public n°1
(Public Enemy No.1) (1953) Le Mouton à cinq pattes
Le Mouton à cinq pattes
(The Five Legs Sheep) (1954) (director + screenwriter) Les Amants du Tage (1955) People of No Importance (1956) (+ playwright) Paris, Palace Hôtel (1956) (+ playwright) Une manche et la belle (fr) (1957) (+ playwright) Sois belle et tais-toi (1958) Maxime (1958) (+ playwright) Le Grand chef (1959) La Vache et le Prisonnier (1959) (+ playwright) with Fernandel L'Affaire d'une nuit (fr) (1960) La Française et l'amour (1960) Le Président (The President) (1961) (+ playwright) with Jean Gabin Les Lions sont lâchés
Les Lions sont lâchés
(1961) Un singe en hiver (1962) with Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
and Jean-Paul Belmondo Mélodie en sous-sol
Mélodie en sous-sol
(1963) (Any Number Can Win) (1964 Edgar Award, Best Foreign Film) with Alain Delon
Alain Delon
and Jean Gabin Cent mille dollars au soleil
Cent mille dollars au soleil
(1964) (+ playwright) with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Lino Ventura Week-end à Zuydcoote
Week-end à Zuydcoote
(1964) with Jean-Paul Belmondo La Vingt-cinquième heure (The 25th Hour) (1967) (+ playwright) with Anthony Quinn La Bataille de San Sebastian
La Bataille de San Sebastian
(A wall for San Sebastian) (1968) with Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
and Charles Bronson Le Clan des Siciliens
Le Clan des Siciliens
(The Sicilian Clan) (1969) (+ playwright), starring Delon, Gabin and Ventura Le Casse
Le Casse
(1971) (+ playwright) with Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo
and Omar Sharif Le Serpent (Night Flight from Moscow) (1973) (+ playwright) with Henry Fonda and Yul Brynner Peur sur la ville
Peur sur la ville
(1975) (+ playwright) with Jean-Paul Belmondo Le Corps de mon ennemi
Le Corps de mon ennemi
(1976) (+ playwright) with Jean-Paul Belmondo I comme Icare (I as in Icarus) (1979) (+ playwright) with Yves Montand A Thousand Billion Dollars (1982) (+ playwright) Les Morfalous (1984) (+ playwright) with Jean-Paul Belmondo Mayrig
(Mother) (1992) (+ playwright) 588 Rue Paradis (1993) (+ playwright)


^ a b "Henri Verneuil. French mainstream film director given his chance by Fernandel". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-07.  ^ a b Marchand, Laure; Perrier, Guillaume (2015). Turkey and the Armenian Ghost: On the Trail of the Genocide. McGill-Queen's Press. pp. 13–4. ISBN 0773597204.  ^ "To avoid persecution, his Armenian family fled to France
when he was an infant in 1924". Retrieved 2011-04-25.  ^ "Towards the end of his career Verneuil made two more movies - labors of love - which reflect his own childhood and upbringing, MAYRIG (1991) and 588 RUE PARADIS (1992)". Retrieved 2011-04-25.  ^ "He made his first film, a documentary on Marseilles, in 1947. He persuaded Fernandel
to appear in it and read the commentary". The Independent. London. 2002-01-15. Retrieved 2011-04-25.  ^ "Le Clan Des Siciliens - 1969 - Henri Verneuil". Retrieved 2011-04-25.  ^ "Le corps de mon ennemi". Retrieved 2011-04-25.  ^ " Henri Verneuil
Henri Verneuil
very gentle and warm person, Claudia Cardinale says". Retrieved 2011-04-25.  ^ "In 1996, Verneuil was awarded an honorary Cesar, France's equivalent of the Oscar, for lifetime achievement in film". Los Angeles Times. 2002-01-12. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 

External links[edit]

Henri Verneuil
Henri Verneuil
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Films directed by Henri Verneuil

Forbidden Fruit (1952) The Most Wanted Man
The Most Wanted Man
(1953) The Sheep Has Five Legs
The Sheep Has Five Legs
(1954) The Lovers of Lisbon (1955) Maxime (1958) The Cow and I (1959) The President (1961) The Lions Are Loose
The Lions Are Loose
(1961) A Monkey in Winter (1962) Any Number Can Win (1963) Greed in the Sun
Greed in the Sun
(1964) Weekend at Dunkirk
Weekend at Dunkirk
(1964) The 25th Hour (1967) Guns for San Sebastian
Guns for San Sebastian
(1968) The Sicilian Clan (1969) The Burglars
The Burglars
(1971) Night Flight from Moscow
Night Flight from Moscow
(1973) Fear Over the City The Night Caller (1975) Body of My Enemy
Body of My Enemy
(1976) I as in Icarus
I as in Icarus
(1979) A Thousand Billion Dollars (1982) Les Morfalous (1984) Mother (1991) 588 rue paradis
588 rue paradis

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Honorary César


Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1976) Diana Ross
Diana Ross
(1976) Henri Langlois
Henri Langlois
(1977) Jacques Tati
Jacques Tati
(1977) Robert Dorfmann (1978) René Goscinny
René Goscinny
(1978) Marcel Carné
Marcel Carné
(1979) Charles Vanel
Charles Vanel
(1979) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1979) Pierre Braunberger (1980) Louis de Funès
Louis de Funès
(1980) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1980) Marcel Pagnol
Marcel Pagnol
(1981) Alain Resnais (1981) Georges Dancigers (1982) Alexandre Mnouchkine (1982) Jean Nény (1982) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1982) Raimu
(1983) René Clément
René Clément
(1984) Georges de Beauregard (1984) Edwige Feuillère
Edwige Feuillère
(1984) Christian-Jaque (1985) Danielle Darrieux
Danielle Darrieux
(1985) Christine Gouze-Rénal (1985) Alain Poiré (1985) Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
(1986) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1986) Jean Delannoy
Jean Delannoy
(1986) René Ferracci (1986) Claude Lanzmann
Claude Lanzmann
(1986) Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(1987) Serge Silberman (1988) Bernard Blier
Bernard Blier
(1989) Paul Grimault
Paul Grimault
(1989) Gérard Philipe
Gérard Philipe
(1990) Jean-Pierre Aumont
Jean-Pierre Aumont
(1991) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1991) Michèle Morgan
Michèle Morgan
(1992) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(1992) Jean Marais
Jean Marais
(1993) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1993) Gérard Oury
Gérard Oury
(1993) Jean Carmet
Jean Carmet
(1994) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1995) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1995) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1995) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1996) Henri Verneuil
Henri Verneuil
(1996) Charles Aznavour
Charles Aznavour
(1997) Andie MacDowell
Andie MacDowell
(1997) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1998) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1998) Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(1998) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(1999) Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
(1999) Jean Rochefort
Jean Rochefort
(1999) Josiane Balasko
Josiane Balasko
(2000) Georges Cravenne
Georges Cravenne
(2000) Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud
(2000) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese


Darry Cowl (2001) Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2001) Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda
(2001) Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée
(2002) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(2002) Claude Rich
Claude Rich
(2002) Bernadette Lafont
Bernadette Lafont
(2003) Spike Lee
Spike Lee
(2003) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2003) Micheline Presle
Micheline Presle
(2004) Jacques Dutronc
Jacques Dutronc
(2005) Will Smith
Will Smith
(2005) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(2006) Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
(2006) Marlène Jobert
Marlène Jobert
(2007) Jude Law
Jude Law
(2007) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(2008) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(2008) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(2009) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2010) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2011) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2012) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2013) Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
(2014) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2015) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2016) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2017) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz

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