13 April 1931 |
|Years active||1958 - present|
Deville started his filmmaking career in the late 1950s, paralleling the emergence of the French New Wave directors. He never achieved the level of critical and international recognition of some of his contemporaries such as François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Chabrol, possibly because of his more conventional filmmaking style. Nevertheless his films, especially his comedies from the 1970s and 1980s, were popular in his native France.
One of Deville's comedies, La Lectrice ("The Reader") was probably his biggest success with international audiences. La Lectrice is about a woman (played by Miou-Miou), who finds work reading novels for the blind but gradually finds herself unwittingly attracting a clientele of fetishists who enjoyed being read to. At one time his films were difficult to find in North America but presently(2007) seven of his films are available in DVD in the U.S.
His 1980 film Le Voyage en douce was entered into the 30th Berlin International Film Festival. Five years later, his film Death in a French Garden was entered into the 35th Berlin International Film Festival.
- Tonight or Never, 1961
- Adorable Menteuse (fr), 1962
- Zärtliche Haie (1967)
- Benjamin (1968)
- L'Ours et la Poupée (The Bear and the Doll), 1969 (with Brigitte Bardot)
- Raphaël ou le débauché, 1971
- La Femme en bleu (fr) (The Woman in Blue), 1973
- Le Mouton enragé (fr), 1974
- Dossier 51, 1978
- Le Voyage en douce (Sentimental Journey), 1980
- Eaux profondes, 1981
- Péril en la demeure (Death in a French Garden (UK title) and Peril (US title), 1985
- Le Paltoquet (fr), 1986
- La Lectrice, 1988
- Toutes peines confondues (fr), 1992
- Le Fils de Gascogne (Son of Gascogne), 1995
- La Maladie de Sachs, 1999
- Un monde presque paisible (fr) (Almost Peaceful), 2002
- Un fil à la patte, 2005