Jean-Paul Rappeneau

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Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Rappeneau in 2009
Born (1932-04-08) 8 April 1932 (age 91)
Auxerre, Yonne, France
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter
Years active1960–present

Jean-Paul Rappeneau (born 8 April 1932) is a French film director and screenwriter.


He started out in film as an assistant and screenwriter collaborating with Louis Malle on Zazie dans le métro in 1960 and Vie privée in 1961. In 1964, he was co-screenwriter for L'Homme de Rio, which starred Jean-Paul Belmondo.

The first film that he both wrote and directed was A Matter of Resistance in 1965. Although it was a great critical and popular success, he did not make another film until 1971, when he directed Les Mariés de l'an II, again starring Belmondo and Marlène Jobert.

Since 1975, Rappeneau has written only for his own films, including Le Sauvage, starring Yves Montand and Tout feu, tout flamme [fr] (1981), again with Montand, who co-starred with Isabelle Adjani.

In 1990, Rappeneau directed a deluxe Technicolor film version of Cyrano de Bergerac, his adaptation of the classic French play by Edmond Rostand, starring Gérard Depardieu.[1][2] Rappeneau's film version is the most elaborate film version of the play ever made, and one of the most expensive French films ever produced. It is the only rendition of the play in the original French to be released widely. At the 1991 César Awards, Rappeneau won the César Award for Best Director and César Award for Best Film.[3]

The 2003 comedy Bon voyage, co-written with Patrick Modiano, again starred Depardieu, this time with Isabelle Adjani. The film was nominated 11 times at the 2004 César Awards.[4]


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
1958 Chronique provinciale Yes Short film
1959 Signé Arsène Lupin Yes
1960 Zazie dans le Métro Yes
1962 A Very Private Affair Yes
1962 Le Combat dans l'île Yes
1964 That Man from Rio Yes Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
1965 Marco the Magnificent Yes
1965 Les Survivants Yes TV series
1966 A Matter of Resistance Yes Yes Louis Delluc Prize
1971 The Married Couple of the Year Two Yes Yes Nominated—Palme d'Or (1971 Cannes Film Festival)
1971 Le Magnifique Yes
1975 Lovers Like Us Yes Yes Nominated—César Award for Best Director
1982 All Fired Up Yes Yes
1990 Cyrano de Bergerac Yes Yes César Award for Best Film
César Award for Best Director
David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film
Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Foreign Language Film of the Year
National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film
People's Choice Award (1990 Toronto International Film Festival)
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—César Award for Best Writing
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Film
Nominated—Palme d'Or (1990 Cannes Film Festival)
1995 The Horseman on the Roof[5] Yes Yes Nominated—César Award for Best Film
Nominated—César Award for Best Director
2003 Bon Voyage Yes Yes Swann d'Or for Best Director
Nominated—César Award for Best Film
Nominated—César Award for Best Director
Nominated—César Award for Best Writing
2015 Families[6] Yes Yes


  1. ^ "Cyrano de Bergerac". Time Out Sydney. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  2. ^ Gall, Pauline Le (2014-06-26). "À 82 ans, Jean-Paul Rappeneau tourne un nouveau film". Le (in French). Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  3. ^ "Jean-Paul Rappeneau". Académie des César. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  4. ^ "César : 11 nominations pour "Bon voyage"". L'Obs (in French). 26 January 2004. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  5. ^ "Jean-Paul Rappeneau : "Tous les films commencent par un grand rêve solitaire"". France Culture (in French). 2019-11-08. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  6. ^ Debruge, Peter (2016-04-15). "French Director Jean-Paul Rappeneau Gets Colcoa Tribute". Variety. Retrieved 2020-04-25.

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