Philippe de Broca Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 March 1933Paris, France
Date of Death 26 November 2004Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France  (cancer)
Birth NamePhillipe Claude Alex de Broca

Mini Bio (1)

Philippe de Broca born in 1933 worked as an assistant for Claude Chabrol and Francois Truffaut ( "Les 400 coups" aka "The 400 blows" ). From 1960 to 2004 he directed over 30 full-length feature films, including the highly successful adventure movies such as "That Man from Rio" (L'Homme de Rio) in 1964 and "Le Magnifique" in 1973, romantic comedies as "Le Cavaleur" in 1979, epics as "Chouans" in 1988 and "On Guard" (Le Bossu) in 1999. His personal favorite film was "King of Hearts" ( Le Roi de Coeur) that he wrote, directed and produced.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Marina Girard-Muttelet

Spouse (4)

Margot Kidder (6 August 1983 - 1984) (divorced)
Alexandra de Broca (? - 2004) (his death)
Valérie Rojan (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)
Michelle de Broca (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

Worked as an assistant director for Claude Chabrol and François Truffaut before he started making films himself.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 158-162. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Had a son with Marthe Keller in 1971.
He directed 5 different actors in César-nominated performances: Nicole Garcia, Stéphane Freiss, Daniel Auteuil, Marie Gillain and Vincent Perez. Garcia and Freiss won Césars for their performances in one of de Broca movies.
Studied photographic techniques and subsequently joined an expedition to the Sahara as a cameraman. From then on worked on documentaries in the region, under the auspices of the Army Film Service in Algeria. Returned to France as assistant director to Truffaut, Chabrol and others, before becoming a director in his own right. An early exponent of the New Wave, his first three films are regarded as his best work.

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