Henri Verneuil

Director, Journalist, Radio commentator
Director Henri Verneuil was born Ashot Malakian to Armenian refugees who fled his birthplace of Turkey when he was four years old, following World War I and the Armenian genocide. He would later recount the tale of his ... Read more »
Born: 10/15/1920 in Turkey

Filmography

Director (29)

588 Rue Paradis 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Mayrig 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Morfalous 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Mille milliards de dollars 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

I Comme Icare 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Corps de Mon Ennemi 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Peur sur la Ville 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Serpent 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Casse 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sicilian Clan 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Guns For San Sebastian 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

La Vingt-cinquieme heure 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Any Number Can Win 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Week-End a Zuydcoote 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

A Monkey In Winter 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Maxime 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Le President 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Lions sont laches 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Love And the Frenchwoman 1960 (Movie)

("Adultery") (Director)

Beauty Up His Sleeve 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Lovers' Net 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Une Manche et la belle 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Paris Palace Hotel 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wild Oat 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Des gens sans importance 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sheep Has Five Legs 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Fruit defendu 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Carnaval (Movie)

(Director)

Carnival (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (17)

588 Rue Paradis 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

588 Rue Paradis 1992 (Movie)

("Mayrig") (Source Material (from novel))

Mayrig 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mayrig 1991 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Les Morfalous 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Comme Icare 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Comme Icare 1978 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Le Corps de Mon Ennemi 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Peur sur la Ville 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Serpent 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Casse 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sicilian Clan 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Any Number Can Win 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Maxime 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beauty Up His Sleeve 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Paris Palace Hotel 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Fruit defendu 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

I Comme Icare 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Le Casse 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Director Henri Verneuil was born Ashot Malakian to Armenian refugees who fled his birthplace of Turkey when he was four years old, following World War I and the Armenian genocide. He would later recount the tale of his youth in the semi-autobiographical 1991 film "Mayrig" and its sequel, 1992's "588 Rue Paradis." After studying journalism, then working as the editor-in-chief for a magazine from 1944-1946, Verneuil's film career got off to an auspicious start. In 1947, he met the famous actor Fernandel and proposed a short film to him. The actor agreed to appear in the film by the unknown director, instantly gaining it attention and starting a partnership that saw the two working together on several acclaimed films throughout their careers. After two years making short films and working as an assistant director in Paris, Verneuil enlisted Fernandel again to star in his first major picture, 1951's "The Hunting Ground," a black comedy about a farmer whose wife commits suicide, sparking gossip in the town. From there he went on to produce many big-screen hits. Verneuil's success in France allowed him to work on several international productions as well, such as 1967's satirical drama "The 25th Hour," which starred Anthony Quinn, and the spy film "The Serpent" in 1973, with Yul Brynner and Peter Fonda. Verneuil was widely respected in France. In 1996, he was awarded the prestigious French film award, the Honorary César, for his body of work.

Milestones

1991

Tackled the Armenian genocide in "Mayrig"

1962

Directed Jean Gabin and Jean-Paul Belmondo in "Un Singe en Hiver/A Monkey in Winter"

1959

Helmed the memorable feature "La Vache et le Prisonnier/The Cow and I"

1946

Began directing short films

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