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Robert Hossein

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Robert Hossein (born as Hosseinhof December 30, 1927 in Paris) is a French film actor of Parsi origin, director and writer. He directed the 1982 adaption of Les Misérables, and appeared in Vice and Virtue, Le Casse, Les Uns et les Autres and Venus Beauty Institute. His most recent roles include starring as Michèle Mercier's husband in the Angélique series and as a Catholic priest who falls in love with Claude Jade and becomes a communist in Prêtres interdits (Forbidden Priests) in 1973. Hossein started directing films in 1956 with Les salauds vont en enfer from a story by Frédéric Dard whose novels and plays went on to furnish Hossein with much of his later film material. Right from the start Hossein established his characteristic trademarks: using a seemingly straightforward suspense plot and subverting its conventions (sometimes to the extent of a complete disregard of the traditional demand for a final twist or revelation) in order to concentrate on ritualistic relationships. This is the director's running preoccupation which is always stressed in his films by an extraordinary command of film space and often striking frame compositions where the geometry of human figures and set design is used to accentuate the psychological set-up of the scene. The mechanisms of guilt and the way it destroys relationships is another recurring theme, presumably influenced by Hossein's lifelong interest in the works of Dostoyevski. Although Hossein had some modest international successes with films like Toi, le venin and Le vampire de Dusseldorf, he was much singled out for scorching criticism by the critics and followers of the New Wave for the unashamedly melodramatic frameworks of his films. The fact that he was essentially an auteur director with a consistent set of themes and an extraordinary mastery of original and unusual approaches to staging his stories, was never appreciated. He was not averse to trying his hand at widely different genres and was never defeated, making the strikingly different spaghetti western Une corde, un Colt and the low-budgeted but daringly subversive period drama J'ai tué Raspoutine. However, because of the lack of wider success and continuing adverse criticism, Hossein virtually ended his film directing career in 1970, having concentrated on theatre where his achievements were never questioned, and subsequently returning to film directing only twice. With two or three exceptions, his films remain commercially unavailable and very difficult to see. He is the son of André Hossein a Zoroastrian French composer of Azerbaijani-Tajik descent, and a Jewish comedy actress from Kiev. He was married three times: first to Marina Vlady (he has two sons with her, Pierre and Igor), later to Caroline Eliacheff (with whom he has a son, Nicholas). He is currently married to actress Candice Patou, with whom he has one son, Julien. According to an article written by Emannuel Peze, Hossein experienced a conversion to Catholicism in 1971 during a visit to the Marian apparition at San Damiano in Lombardo Italy. Description above from the Wikipedia article Robert Hossein, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Dec 30, 1927 In Paris, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Quai des blondes 1954-04-07
Latest Project:
Movie Le Fruit de l'espoir 2020-02-05
Known For
Poster of The Little Murders of Agatha Christie
Poster of Champs-Elysées
Poster of Falling Point
Poster of Rififi
Movie Le Fruit de l'espoir Le grand-père d'Angeli 2020-02-05
Movie Aznavour by Charles Self - Actor (archive footage) 2019-10-02
Movie Belmondo par Belmondo Himself 2016-05-05
Movie Une femme nommée Marie Voce narrante 2011-08-13
Movie Belmondo, itinéraire... Self 2011-05-18
Series The Little Murders of Agatha Christie Simon 2009-01-09
Movie Les fleurs maladives de Georges Franju Himself 2009-05-05
Movie Annie Girardot, ainsi va la vie Unknown 2008-09-21
Movie Trivial Antoine Bérangère 2007-05-23
Movie Denn sie kennen kein Erbarmen: Der Italowestern Himself 2006-04-23
Series Petits meurtres en famille Simon 2006-11-14
Movie San Antonio Le ministre de l'intérieur / The Minister 2004-07-21
Movie Antigone Créon 2003-05-05
Movie Venus Beauty Institute L'aviateur 1999-02-03
Movie Gialloparma Judge Bocchi 1999-02-26
Series Vivement dimanche self 1998-09-20
Movie The Wax Mask Boris Volkoff 1996-07-03
Movie L'affaire Paul Haslans 1994-04-13
Series Le Gorille Joseph Beaucis 1990-04-29
Movie Le Pavé du Gorille Joseph Beaucis 1990-10-20
Series Stars 90 self 1990-09-03
Movie Children of Chaos Robert 1989-11-22
Movie La croisade des enfants Philippe-Auguste 1988-04-07
Series Sacrée soirée self 1987-09-02
Movie Le Caviar Rouge Unknown 1986-01-08
Movie A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later lui-même 1986-05-13
Movie Surprise Party André Auerbach 1983-04-20
Series Champs-Elysées Unknown 1982-01-16
Movie Le Grand Pardon Manuel Carreras 1982-01-27
Movie Bolero: Dance of Life Simon Meyer / Robert Prat 1981-05-27
Movie The Professional Commissaire Rosen 1981-10-21
Movie Démons de midi Metteur en scène de théâtre 1979-11-28
Movie Le Protecteur Arnaud 1974-06-05
Movie Le tour d'écrou Peter Quint 1974-02-25
Movie Don Juan or If Don Juan Were a Woman Louis Prévost 1973-02-22
Movie Prêtres interdits Jean Rastaud 1973-11-22
Movie A Police Officer Without Importance Pierre 1973-04-12
Series Midi Trente Self 1972-03-06
Movie A Murder Is a Murder Jean Carouse 1972-08-23
Movie The Burglars Ralph 1971-10-27
Series Samedi soir self 1971-01-09
Movie Judge Roy Bean Black Bird 1971-03-03
Movie La part des lions Unknown 1971-09-08
Movie Time of the Wolves Dillinger 1970-01-21
Movie Falling Point Le Caïd 1970-09-11
Movie Versatile Lovers Serge Belaïeff 1970-05-06
Movie The Bitch Wants Blood Julien 1969-05-14
Movie The Battle of El Alamein Erwin Rommel 1969-01-01
Movie Cemetery Without Crosses Manuel 1969-01-25
Movie Misdeal Martin von Klaus 1969-04-30
Movie Crime Thief Christian 1969-05-22
Movie Desert Assault Captain Curd Heinz 1969-12-26
Movie The Conspirators Leonida Montanari 1969-10-24
Movie A Little Virtuous Louis Brady 1968-02-21
Movie Angelique and the Sultan Joffrey de Peyrac "Le Rescator" 1968-01-01
Movie OSS 117: Double Agent Dr. Saadi 1968-07-27
Movie Tender Moment Enrico Fontana 1968-12-20
Movie La Musica Unknown 1967-03-03
Movie Untamable Angelique Joffrey de Peyrac "Le Rescator" 1967-01-01
Movie I Killed Rasputin Serge Sukhotin 1967-05-03
Movie The Man Who Betrayed the Mafia Unknown 1967-05-20
Movie Lamiel Roger Valber 1967-08-30
Movie Angelique and the King Jeoffrey de Peyrac 1966-01-31
Movie La seconde vérité Unknown 1966-04-19
Movie Long March Carnot 1966-05-31
Movie Mademoiselle de Maupin Capitaine Alcibiade 1966-05-30
Movie Brigade Anti Gangs Le commissaire principal Le Goff 1966-08-18
Movie The Dirty Game Dupont 1965-06-23
Movie The Secret Killer Peter Kuerten 1965-04-07
Movie Marco the Magnificent Prince Nayam 1965-08-06
Movie The Thunder of God Marcel 1965-09-08
Movie OSS 117: Panic in Bangkok Dr. Sinn 1964-06-12
Movie Death of a Killer Pierre Massa 1964-04-01
Movie Marked Eyes Franz 1964-09-02
Movie Angelique Jeoffrey de Peyrac 1964-12-08
Movie Enough Rope Inspektor Corby 1963-01-11
Movie Vice and Virtue SS Oberst Erik Schörndorf 1963-03-01
Movie Chair de Poule Daniel Boisset 1963-11-13
Movie Of Flesh and Blood Samuel 1963-07-08
Movie Hitch-Hike Edouard, le fou 1962-03-16
Movie Le monte-charge Robert Herbin 1962-05-04
Movie Love on a Pillow Renaud Sarti 1962-09-05
Movie The Menace Savary 1961-03-01
Movie The Taste of Violence Perez 1961-08-10
Movie The Game of Truth L'inspecteur de police 1961-11-26
Movie Madame Le sergent François-Joseph Lefebvre 1961-12-21
Movie Les canailles Ed Dawson 1960-01-29
Movie The Wretches Jess Rooland 1960-05-08
Movie Double Agent Lui 1959-01-01
Movie Blonde in a White Car Pierre Menda 1959-03-27
Movie Riff Raff Girls acteur 1959-05-20
Movie The Road to Shame Pierre Rossi 1959-04-30
Movie The Verdict Georges 1959-09-01
Movie Provisional Liberty Unknown 1958-05-16
Movie No Sun in Venice Sforzi 1957-05-31
Movie Méfiez-vous fillettes Raven 1957-07-04
Movie Crime and Punishment René Brunel 1956-12-04
Movie Série noire Jo 1955-03-04
Movie The Wicked Go to Hell Fred 1955-12-07
Movie Rififi Rémi Grutter 1955-04-13
Movie Quai des blondes Chemise Rose 1954-04-07