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Robert Hossein is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Co-Producer French born on 30 december 1927 at Paris (France)

Robert Hossein

Robert Hossein
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Birth name Abraham Hosseinoff
Nationality France
Birth 30 december 1927 at Paris (France)
Death 31 december 2020 (at 93 years)
Awards Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur‎

Robert Hossein (born as Hosseinoff 30 December 1927) is a French film actor, director, and writer of Azerbaijani and Jewish origin. He directed the 1982 adaption of Les Misérables, and appeared in Vice and Virtue, Le Casse, Les Uns et les Autres and Venus Beauty Institute. His most recent roles include starring as Michèle Mercier's husband in the Angélique series and as a Catholic priest who falls in love with Claude Jade and becomes a communist in Prêtres interdits (Forbidden Priests) in 1973.

Biography

Hossein started directing films in 1955 with Les Salauds vont en enfer, from a story by Frédéric Dard whose novels and plays went on to furnish Hossein with much of his later film material. Right from the start Hossein established his characteristic trademarks: using a seemingly straightforward suspense plot and subverting its conventions (sometimes to the extent of a complete disregard of the traditional demand for a final twist or revelation) in order to concentrate on ritualistic relationships. This is the director's running preoccupation which is always stressed in his films by an extraordinary command of film space and often striking frame compositions where the geometry of human figures and set design is used to accentuate the psychological set-up of the scene. The mechanisms of guilt and the way it destroys relationships is another recurring theme, presumably influenced by Hossein's lifelong interest in the works of Dostoyevski.

In 1967 he was a member of the jury of the 5th Moscow International Film Festival. His 1982 film Les Misérables was entered into the 13th Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Special Prize.

Although Hossein had some modest international successes with films like Toi, le venin and Le Vampire de Dusseldorf, he was much singled out for scorching criticism by the critics and followers of the New Wave for the unashamedly melodramatic frameworks of his films. The fact that he was essentially an auteur director with a consistent set of themes and an extraordinary mastery of original and unusual approaches to staging his stories, was never appreciated. He was not averse to trying his hand at widely different genres and was never defeated, making the strikingly different spaghetti western Cemetery Without Crosses and the low-budgeted but daringly subversive period drama I Killed Rasputin. However, because of the lack of wider success and continuing adverse criticism, Hossein virtually ended his film directing career in 1970, having concentrated on theatre where his achievements were never questioned, and subsequently returning to film directing only twice. With two or three exceptions, his films remain commercially unavailable and very difficult to see.

He is the son of André Hossein, a composer, and of a Jewish comedy actress from Kiev, Anna Minevskaya. He was married three times: first to Marina Vlady (he has two sons with her, Pierre and Igor), later to Caroline Eliacheff (with whom he has a son, Nicholas). He is currently married to actress Candice Patou, with whom he has one son, Julien.

Best films

The Burglars (1971)
(Actor)
Rififi (1955)
(Actor)
Angelique (1964)
(Actor)
The Thunder of God (1965)
(Actor)
Angelique and the Sultan (1968)
(Actor)
Les Misérables (1982)
(Director)

Usually with

Robert Dalban
Robert Dalban
(18 films)
Marina Vlady
Marina Vlady
(9 films)
Roger Hanin
Roger Hanin
(9 films)
Dominique Zardi
Dominique Zardi
(11 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Robert Hossein (101 films)

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Actor

Le Fruit de l'espoir, 1h20
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Robert Hossein, Jean-Louis Tribes
Roles Le grand-père d'Angeli
Rating48% 2.4423352.4423352.4423352.4423352.442335
Angeli chercheuse en biologie médicale étudie le Noni, un fruit exotique qui aurait des propriétés thérapeutiques intéressantes, en particulier une variété qui vient d'un endroit précis du Kerala en Inde. Pour avancer dans ses recherches, Angeli doit monter une expédition et se rendre sur place, malheureusement, son laboratoire ayant des difficultés financières, elle doit faire appel à des financements extérieurs, ainsi, elle sollicite son grand-père grand notable politique de la région qui lui obtient une subvention. l'équipe se rend alors au Kerala où après diverses péripéties, ils découvrent l'endroit où pousse cette variété de noni. Durant tout le voyage, nos amis étaient sous la surveillance d'un laboratoire concurrent qui a réussi à infiltrer dans l'équipe un de ses collaborateurs qui rapporte tous leurs faits et gestes.
Aznavour by Charles
Origin France
Genres Documentary, Musical
Actors Romain Duris, Michel Klochendler, Charles Aznavour, Lino Ventura, Édith Piaf, Michèle Mercier
Roles Self - Actor (archive footage)
Rating71% 3.573613.573613.573613.573613.57361
Montage d'images réalisées par Charles Aznavour tout au long de sa vie, notamment lors de ses tournées, commenté par Romain Duris.
Belmondo, itinéraire..., 1h30
Directed by Vincent Perrot
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Becker, Luc Besson, Bertrand Blier, Nicole Calfan, Claudia Cardinale
Roles Self
Rating68% 3.4462153.4462153.4462153.4462153.446215
Jean-Paul Belmondo demeure depuis cinquante ans, un des acteurs français préférés du public. Depuis ses débuts éclatants dans "À bout de souffle" (1959) de Jean-Luc Godard révélant une personnalité atypique, jusqu’à ses grands succès populaires des années 70 et 80, Belmondo n’a cessé de se remettre en question. Dévorant la vie à pleins poumons grâce à un dynamisme hors-pair, cet homme lucide et avisé a géré sa carrière de producteur-comédien par des choix qui lui permirent d’alterner harmonieusement les genres, passant aisément de l’univers de Godard à celui de Verneuil, de Truffaut à Jean Becker, de Resnais à Lautner, de Malle à Philippe de Broca... Réfractaire à l’autosatisfaction et aux honneurs de pacotille, Jean-Paul Belmondo n’a jamais accepté qu’un film analyse sa carrière, visite sa famille et cerne la personnalité réelle de l’homme. "Belmondo, itinéraire...", s’annonce comme un docu-événement car pour la première fois, Jean-Paul Belmondo cautionne et s’implique dans l’écriture et la réalisation du "film de sa carrière". Il s’agit d’un long-métrage de 90 minutes non chronologique, dans lequel il accepte de nous livrer des scènes de sa vie quotidienne, preuve éclatante d’un homme vivant.
A Man and His Dog, 1h49
Directed by Francis Huster
Origin France
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Hafsia Herzi, Francis Huster, Max von Sydow, Jean Dujardin, José Garcia
Roles Un homme a la soupe populaire
Rating58% 2.9045052.9045052.9045052.9045052.904505
Charles is an old retiree who lives in a maid's room in the house of his lover, a rich widow. He is forced out onto the street with his dog after the widow breaks off the relationship, as she decides to marry again. With no home nor way to make money, they wander the streets of Paris.
Trivial
Trivial (2007)
, 1h43
Directed by Sophie Marceau
Origin France
Genres Thriller
Actors Christophe Lambert, Sophie Marceau, Nicolas Briançon, Simon Abkarian, Robert Hossein, Marie-Christine Barrault
Roles Antoine Bérangère
Rating48% 2.4063252.4063252.4063252.4063252.406325
Lt. Jacques Renard (Christopher Lambert) is struggling with depression following the untimely death of his beloved wife, Chloé. After six months in a mental hospital following a suicide attempt, the disheveled and lonely Le Havre police lieutenant is still haunted by visions of his wife. One day, Renard finds a mysterious woman (Sophie Marceau) waiting for him in his car. She implores him to visit the manager of the Hotel Normandy, Antoine Bérangère (Robert Hossein), in nearby Deauville in Room 401. She insists that only Renard can help her, and then leaves.
San Antonio, 1h35
Directed by Frédéric Auburtin
Origin France
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action
Themes Spy films
Actors Gérard Lanvin, Gérard Depardieu, Barbara Schulz, Luis Rego, Lucy Harrison, Michel Galabru
Roles Le ministre de l'intérieur / The Minister
Rating35% 1.7796551.7796551.7796551.7796551.779655
Le commissaire San-Antonio et son adjoint, l'inspecteur Bérurier, séjournent dans un palace des bords de la Méditerranée, où ils gardent un œil sur un ambassadeur français menacé d'enlèvement. Ce qui n'empêche pas le diplomate d'être enlevé par une fougueuse terroriste italienne et ses complices.
Venus Beauty Institute, 1h45
Directed by Tonie Marshall
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about the labor movement
Actors Nathalie Baye, Jacques Audiard, Tonie Marshall, Bulle Ogier, Samuel Le Bihan, Marion Vernoux
Roles L'aviateur
Rating62% 3.1436753.1436753.1436753.1436753.143675
Angèle is a 40-year-old beautician who works at the title establishment in Paris. She has been an orphan from the age of eight, her father having killed her mother for suspected infidelity, and then killed himself when her infidelity was proved untrue. She picks up men to have short sex flings, but no longer believes in love, having hurt her former boyfriend, Jacques, whom she occasionally contacts out of loneliness, but who is never available at the same time as her. An unkempt younger man, Antoine, sees her at a cafe as she is being dumped by her latest fling, and falls in love with her. He stands outside the beauty shop to watch for Angèle, follows her to a café and declares his love for her, but she for once is lost for words and does not immediately return his feelings. Antoine also reveals that despite his feelings for her, he is engaged, but feels he is drifting away from his fiancée. However, despite her refusal to believe in love, Angèle gradually falls for Antoine.
The Wax Mask, 1h39
Origin France
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Robert Hossein, Romina Mondello, Gabriella Giorgelli, Massimo Vanni, Elisabetta Rocchetti
Roles Boris Volkoff
Rating58% 2.900232.900232.900232.900232.90023
Paris, 1900: a couple are horribly murdered by a masked man with a metal claw who rips their hearts out. The sole survivor and witness to the massacre is a young girl. Twelve years later in Rome a new wax museum is opened, whose main attractions are lifelike recreations of gruesome murder scenes. A young man bets that he will spend the night in the museum but is found dead the morning after. Soon, people start disappearing from the streets of Rome and the wax museum halls begin filling with new figures.
Les Miserables, 2h54
Directed by Claude Lelouch
Origin France
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Political films, Histoire de France, L'Occupation allemande en France
Actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michel Boujenah, Alessandra Martines, Philippe Léotard, Annie Girardot, Salomé Lelouch
Roles Le maître de cérémonie
Rating74% 3.742213.742213.742213.742213.74221
As the film opens, Henri's father, a chauffeur, is falsely accused of the murder of his boss. During his trial and imprisonment, Henri's mother finds a job in a tavern on a Normandy beach. There Henri sees a movie version of Les Misérables. His father dies attempting to escape from prison, and upon hearing the news Henri's mother commits suicide. Henri grows up an orphan and learns to box.
L'Affaire
L'Affaire (1994)
, 1h35
Directed by Sergio Gobbi
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Robert Hossein, F. Murray Abraham, Bruno Wolkowitch, Anna Falchi, Alexandra Vandernoot, Candice Patou
Roles Paul Haslans
Rating40% 2.0133552.0133552.0133552.0133552.013355
Paul Haslans, excellent joueur de poker, va se servir d'un autre joueur, jeune néophyte, pour se venger d'un frère peu scrupuleux.
Stranger in the House, 1h40
Directed by Georges Lautner
Origin France
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Renée Faure, Cristiana Reali, François Perrot, Geneviève Page, Jean-Louis Richard
Roles Narrator (voice)
Rating61% 3.054053.054053.054053.054053.05405
Me Jacques Emile Marie Loursat est un très brillant avocat qui a sombré dans l'alcoolisme à la suite du suicide de sa femme. Sa fille Isabelle, qui le rend responsable du décès de sa mère, ne lui parle plus depuis 10 ans.
Children of Chaos
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Emmanuelle Béart, Patrick Catalifo, Robert Hossein, Hébé Lorenzo, Alain Chevallier
Roles Robert
Rating61% 3.0855153.0855153.0855153.0855153.085515
Marie, une jeune droguée, est libérée de prison et placée dans une troupe théâtrale composée de délinquants. L'intégration est difficile mais elle s'éprend de Pierre, un autre délinquant. Elle semble reprendre pied jusqu’à ce que Pierre soit arrêté par la police.
La croisade des enfants
Directed by Serge Moati
Genres Historical
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, L'enfance marginalisée
Actors Marie Fugain, Cédric Dumond, Hervé Rey, Jean-Claude Drouot, Jean-Pierre Bisson, Pierre-Loup Rajot
Roles Philippe-Auguste
Rating68% 3.4215353.4215353.4215353.4215353.421535
Au Moyen Âge, l'histoire mouvementée de foule et de foi, qui se sont développés face aux invasions des Maures, afin de délivrer le Saint-Sépulcre. Étienne, un jeune berger de Dunois, rassemble trente-mille enfants sur le chemin de Jérusalem.
Levy & Goliath, 1h45
Directed by Gérard Oury, Marc Monnet
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Transgender in film, Films about Jews and Judaism, Erotic thriller films, LGBT-related film
Actors Richard Anconina, Michel Boujenah, Maxime Leroux, Jean-Claude Brialy, Souad Amidou, Maurice Chevit
Roles Client de Goliath
Rating45% 2.2898352.2898352.2898352.2898352.289835
Albert (Michel Boujenah) et Moïse (Richard Anconina) Lévy sont issus du milieu juif ultra-orthodoxe d'Anvers mais ne se parlent plus depuis qu'Albert a quitté sa famille pour Paris où il a ouvert un café non-cachère et s'est marié avec Brigitte, une non-juive. Son frère Moïse, lui, respecte scrupuleusement les rites et coutumes juives, s’est marié dans les plus strictes règles, ne sort de son milieu que lorsque son métier d’ouvrier diamantaire l’y oblige et parle occasionnellement à Dieu, qui se révèle à lui au milieu de la fumée et de sons stridents. Goliath (Maxime Leroux) est garagiste et dealer.
A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later, 1h52
Directed by Claude Lelouch
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Anouk Aimée, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Richard Berry, Marie-Sophie L., Évelyne Bouix, Philippe Leroy
Roles Robert Hossein
Rating58% 2.900482.900482.900482.900482.90048
Vingt ans après, les amants, qui s'étaient perdus de vue, se retrouvent : le pilote est devenu organisateur de rallyes et la scripte, productrice de cinéma. Ils s'apercevront que beaucoup de choses ont changé et que le temps sépare — vraiment — ceux qui s'aiment.