Bertrand Blier

Director, Screenwriter, Novelist
Undeniably gifted director whose blackly humorous, often surrealistic and sometimes misogynistic films have divided critics. Blier began his career as an assistant to John Berry, Jean Delannoy and Christian-Jacque ... Read more »
Born: 03/13/1939 in Paris, FR

Filmography

other (45)

How Much Do You Love Me? 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

How Much Do You Love Me? 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Cotelettes 2002 (Movie)

(from play) (Source Material)

Les Cotelettes 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Cotelettes 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Acteurs 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Acteurs 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Acteurs 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mon Homme 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mon Homme 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Tired 1995 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

1, 2, 3 Soleil 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

1, 2, 3 Soleil 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Patrick Dewaere 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Merci, la vie 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Merci, la vie 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Too Beautiful For You 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Too Beautiful For You 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Cold Cuts 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cold Cuts 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Menage 1986 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Menage 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Menage 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Femmes Fatales 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

La Femme de mon pote 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Femme de mon pote 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Notre Histoire 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Notre Histoire 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Reveillon Chez Bob 1983 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Debout les Crabes la Mer Monte! 1982 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Beau Pere 1981 (Movie)

("Beau Pere") (Book as Source Material)

Beau Pere 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beau Pere 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs 1979 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Calmos 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Calmos 1974 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Calmos 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Going Places 1974 (Movie)

(Book as Source Material)

Going Places 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Going Places 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Laisse Aller, c'est une valse 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Stranger 1966 (Movie)

Barrister (Actor)

Biography

Undeniably gifted director whose blackly humorous, often surrealistic and sometimes misogynistic films have divided critics.

Blier began his career as an assistant to John Berry, Jean Delannoy and Christian-Jacque before making a series of cinema verite-style documentaries which culminated with "Hitler?...Connais Pas!" (1962), a feature-length study of disaffected teenagers. His first fiction feature was "Breakdown/If I Were a Spy" in 1967, but he hit the international spotlight with 1974's "Going Places/Getting It Up/Making It". A kind of French "Clockwork Orange", the film depicted the (primarily sexual) escapades of two amoral, petty thugs (they are not above sniffing a young girl's underwear in an attempt to determine her age). By turns offensive, disturbing and hilarious, the film launched not only Blier, but the then-unknown actors Gerard Depardieu, Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou.

After being vilified for the misogynism of "Calmos" (1975), Blier earned international acclaim for "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs" (1978), a ribald comedy, again starring Depardieu and Dewaere, which took the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. "Buffet Froid" (1980) marked the director's incursion into surrealist territory, a farcical study in the psychology of murder pitting Depardieu, as a suspected serial killer, against Blier's father, Bernard, as an aging police inspector.

Blier continued to offend, alienate and exhilarate his audience with "Beau Pere" (1981), a reworking of "Lolita" in which a widower (Dewaere) is left in charge of his adolescent stepdaughter, and "Menage/Tenue de Soiree/Evening Dress" (1986), about a convivial gay burglar (Depardieu) who wreaks havoc within a bankrupt, heterosexual household. "Too Beautiful For You" (1989) saw a successful car dealer (Depardieu) abandoning his beautiful wife (Carole Bouquet) for a plain mistress (Josiane Balasko); Blier's disjunctive, non-linear narrative style served more to defuse the film's emotional impact than to explore new stylistic or psychological territory. Other films include "1, 2, 3 Soleil" (1993) and "My Man" (1996).

Relationships

Bernard Blier

Father

EDUCATION

Lycee Claude Bernard

Paris

Milestones

1972

Published novel "Les Valseuses"

1967

Fiction feature directing debut, "Si j'etais un espion/ /Breakdown/If I Were a Spy"

1966

Short fiction film directing debut, "La grimace"

1962

Feature-length directing debut with the documentary "Hitler... Connais pas!/Hitler... Never Heard of Him!"

1960

Worked as 2nd assistant director for Georges Lautner

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