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Jean-Pierre Mocky

Jean-Pierre Mocky (6 July 1929 – 8 August 2019), pseudonym of Jean-Paul Adam Mokiejewski, was a French film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. Mocky was born in Nice, France to Polish immigrant parents, Jeanne Zylinska and Adam Mokiejewski. His father was Jewish and his mother was Catholic. Mocky appeared as an actor in the 1955 film Gli Sbandati and in many other movies, including some of those he also directed (Solo, L'albatros, L'Ombre d'une chance, Un Linceul n'a pas de poches). His 1987 film Le Miraculé was entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. He began as an actor in the cinema and theater. In particular, he played in Jean Dréville's Les Casse-pieds (1948), Jean Cocteau's Orphée (1950) and Bernard Borderie's The Mask of the Gorilla (1957). But it was especially in Italy that he became famous, thanks to his role in I vinti by Michelangelo Antonioni. After working as an assistant with Luchino Visconti on Senso (1954) and Federico Fellini on La strada (1954), he wrote his first film, La Tête contre les murs (1959) and planned to direct it himself, but the producer preferred to entrust the task to Georges Franju. He went on to direct the following year with Les Dragueurs (1959). Since then, he has never stopped shooting. As early as the 1960s, he was able to reach a wide audience with crazy comedies such as A Funny Parishioner (1963) and La Grande Lessive (1968). After May 1968, he turned to darker films with Solo (1969), in which he shows a group of young terrorists of the extreme left, then L'Albatros (1971) which shows the corruption of politicians. In the 1980s, he returned to success with a film denouncing, a year before the drama of Heysel, the excesses of some football fans (À mort l'arbitre, 1984) and a comedy denouncing the hypocrisy around the pilgrimage to Lourdes (Le Miraculé, 1987). In the 1990s and 2000s, his films met with less success, but Mocky continued to shoot with much enthusiasm. In the beginning, his films were dedicated to the uprising against the restrictions imposed by society. Later, he concentrated on farce, as in Bonsoir where the homeless Alex (Michel Serrault) pretends to be the lover of the lesbian Caroline (Claude Jade) in order to save her inheritance from her homophobic relatives. Mocky's cinema, often satirical and pamphleteer, is generally inspired by the truth of society. He worked with few resources and filmed very quickly. He worked with Bourvil (A Funny Parishioner, The City of Unspeakable Fear, La Grande Lessive and The Stallion), Fernandel (The Exchange and Life), Michel Simon (The Red Ibis), Michel Serrault (twelve films including Le Miraculé), Francis Blanche (five films including The City of Unspeakable Fear), Jacqueline Maillan (five films), Jean Poiret (eight films) and with the stars Catherine Deneuve (Agent Trouble), Claude Jade (Bonsoir), Jane Birkin (Noir comme le souvenir), Jeanne Moreau (Le Miraculé) and Stéphane Audran (The Seasons of Pleasure). In 2010, he received the Prix Henri-Langlois for his entire career and the 2013 Alphonse Allais Prize. The International Festival of Film Entrevues in Belfort in 2012 and the Cinémathèque française in 2014 dedicated full retrospectives to him. He died on August 8, 2019. Source: Article "Jean-Pierre Mocky" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

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Jul 6, 1929 In Nice, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Les casse-pieds 1948-11-26
Latest Project:
Movie Tous flics! 2022
Known For
Poster of Americano
Poster of Village départ
Poster of Vivement dimanche
Poster of Samedi soir
Movie Tous flics! Alex 2022
Movie Aznavour by Charles Self - Actor (archive footage) 2019-10-02
Movie Mocky sans Mocky Unknown 2019-11-18
Movie La parallèle Mocky himself 2018-11-17
Movie La loi de l'albatros Unknown 2017-01-01
Movie Vénéneuses Dick Grant 2017-03-15
Movie Godard Mon Amour Customer in the Restaurant 2017-06-24
Movie Votez pour moi ! Pascal, l'ermite 2017-10-20
Movie Bourvil, un homme vrai Himself 2016-12-11
Movie Les compagnons de la pomponnette L'ange Léonard 2015-06-17
Movie Monsieur Cauchemar Valentin Esbirol 2015-10-17
Movie Calomnies Armand 2014-11-19
Movie Le mystère des jonquilles Tarling 2014-07-18
Movie Looping archival material 2014-11-22
Movie Tu es si jolie ce soir Unknown 2014-12-12
Movie Le Mentor Ludovic 2013-04-10
Movie À votre bon cœur, mesdames Christophe 2013-12-04
Movie Le Dossier Toroto Le professeur Lapine 2011-03-30
Movie Americano Le père 2011-11-30
Movie Les Insomniaques Boris 2011-03-30
Movie Catherine Deneuve, belle et bien là Self (archive footage) 2010-04-11
Movie Les fleurs maladives de Georges Franju Himself 2009-05-05
Series C à vous Self 2009-09-07
Movie Stéphane Guillon - Portraits au vitriol - 1re salve self 2008-10-07
Movie Les Ballets écarlates L'Armurier 2007-04-25
Series Village départ Self 2005-07-03
Series L'invité Self 2002-01-01
Movie Les Araignées De La Nuit Inspecteur Richard Gordone 2002-04-17
Movie La bête de miséricorde Jean Mardet 2001-10-17
Movie Tout est calme Lucas 2000-01-12
Movie Le parapluie de Cherbourg Unknown 2000-01-01
Movie La candide madame Duff Jacob Duff 2000-03-29
Movie Le glandeur Bruno Bombec 2000-09-20
Movie Robin des mers le père de Mathieu 1998-04-01
Series Vivement dimanche Self 1998-09-20
Movie Vidange Castellin 1998-10-21
Movie Leon's Husband Boris Lossef 1993-03-16
Movie Ville à vendre Shade 1992-02-26
Movie Il gèle en enfer Tim 1990-04-25
Movie Divine Enfant Aurélien Brada 1989-04-19
Series Nulle Part Ailleurs Unknown 1987-08-31
Movie The Unsewing Machine Ralph Enger 1986-05-07
Movie Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company Jean Almereyda 1986-05-24
Movie Kill the Referee Inspector Granowski 1984-02-22
Movie Litan Jock 1982-02-24
Movie Is There a Frenchman in the House? Récitant (voice) (uncredited) 1982-04-28
Movie Cocktail Morlock Unknown 1981-01-31
Movie Le piège à cons Michel Rayan 1979-10-17
Movie No Pockets in a Shroud Michel Dolannes 1974-10-25
Movie Shadow of a Chance Mathias Caral 1974-02-13
Movie The Vertical Smile Franco, le prêtre borgne 1973-03-19
Series Samedi soir Self 1971-01-09
Movie Love Hate Stef Tassel 1971-09-08
Movie Solo Vincent Cabral 1970-02-27
Movie Thank Heaven for Small Favors Tramp with pram (uncredited) 1963-08-28
Movie Head against the Wall François Gérane 1959-03-20
Movie The Mask of the Gorilla Unknown 1958-08-14
Movie Speaking of Murder Pierre 1957-04-12
Movie Graziella Alphonse 1955-02-25
Movie Abandoned Andrea 1955-09-07
Movie Stain on the Snow Violinist 1954-02-19
Movie Illicit Motherhood La Fouine, un gars de la bande 1953-10-09
Movie Bibi Fricotin Unknown 1951-04-11
Movie God Needs Men Pierre 1950-10-03
Movie Les casse-pieds Le postilloneur 1948-11-26