Philippe de Broca
French film director
Philippe de Broca
Philippe de Broca was a French film director. Born Philippe Claude Alex de Broca de Ferrussac in Paris, the son of a photographer of noble origins. de Broca was a cinephile from an early age, and he studied at the l'École technique de photographie et de cinématographie (ETPC).
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  • 2004
    Age 70
    Died in 2004.
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  • 1971
    Age 37
    De Broca had a son with Marthe Keller in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details He was married to another of his actresses Margot Kidder (1983 - 1984), and later to actress Valérie Rojan, with whom he had two children. De Broca died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, as a result of cancer. He was awarded the Legion of Honor for his contributions to French culture.
  • 1959
    Age 25
    He made his first film in 1959, a low-budget improvisational comedy Les Jeux de l'amour.
    More Details Hide Details At the 10th Berlin International Film Festival it won the Silver Bear Extraordinary Jury Prize. de Broca did not have a real success, however, until directing Cartouche (film) (1962). Cartouche was the first of a series of major box office hits by de Broca, including L'Homme de Rio (1964) and Les Tribulations d'un chinois en Chine (1965). He often worked in comedy, but not exclusively. He was well known for his combination of madcap farce and adventure, within France and beyond. His anti-war film Le Roi de cœur achieved international popularity (after suffering at the box office in France), and gained cult status in America. de Broca's most recent hit was Le Bossu (1997). Throughout his career de Broca worked with many giants of French cinema, among them Jean-Paul Belmondo, Patrick Dewaere, Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Philippe Noiret, Yves Montand and Jean Rochefort. Many of his films' lead actors and actresses are in multiple films of his. These people include Geneviève Bujold, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Nicole Garcia, Catherine Deneuve, Marthe Keller, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Annie Girardot, and Philippe Noiret.
  • 1957
    Age 23
    He served an apprenticeship with Henri Decoin, became assistant to Claude Chabrol on Le Beau Serge (Handsome Serge) in 1957, and later assisted François Truffaut with Les quatre-cent coups (The 400 Blows).
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  • 1933
    Born in 1933.
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