Ridicule: About The Director

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One of the most stylish directors currently working in France, Patrice Leconte leapt to international attention with the highly acclaimed MONSIEUR HIRE. It was his ninth feature -- but his first drama -- and it followed more than a decades worth of comedies known for their swift pace and visual elegance.

A graduate of IDHEC, France's most prestigious film school, Leconte worked as a cartoonist for the satirical publication PILOTE, while making, at the same time, a series of well-received short films. In 1975, he made his feature debut with LES VECES ETAIENT FERMES D' L'INTERIEUR (starring Jean Rochefort), which brought the spirit of the contemporary comic-strip to the screen. Leconte worked in television for the next few years and also made a umber of commercials. In 1978, at the invitation of the well-known "Cafe-Theatre," Le Splendide, Leconte directed the Splendid company in LES BRONZÉS, which went on to become a huge success. It also launched the screen careers of such stars as Michel Blanc, Josiane Balasko, and Thierry Lhermitte, among others, and spawned a popular sequel, LES BRONZÉS FONT DU SKI.

Leconte went on to do three successful films with Cannes award-winning actor Michel Blanc, which they wrote as a team. His 1985 film, L ES SPECIALISTES, was his first without Blanc and was one of the biggest box office hits of the year. 1987's TANDEM was his second collaboration with RIDICULE star Jean Rochefort. But it was MONSIEUR HIRE, which had it's world premiere at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, that cemented Leconte's reputation, both as a film stylist of international stature and as an observer of romance and its idiosyncrasies. After T H E HAIRDRESSER'S HUSBAND, was the romantic comedy TANGO, starring Philippe Noiret, Michel Piccoli, Thierry Lhermitte and Richard Bohringer. In 1994, Leconte directed YVONNE'S PERFUME which starred JeanPierre Marielle, Hippolyte Girardot and Sandra Majani, and Leconte' s THE GRAND DUKES, starring Jean-Pierre Marielle, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, and Catherine Jacob was released in 1995. RIDICULE, his most recent film, stars Fanny Ardant, Charles Berling, Bernard Giraudeau, Judith Godreche, and Jean Rochefort.

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