Movie Stars: Delon, Alain–French and International Star (Strangers in Paradise)

Research in Progress: May 4, 2021

Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was one of Europe’s most prominent actors and screen sex symbols in the 1960s and 1970s.

He achieved critical acclaim for roles in Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Plein Soleil (1960), L’Eclisse (1962), The Leopard (1963), The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1965), Lost Command (1966) and Le Samouraï (1967).

Over the course of his career Delon worked with major directors, such as Luchino Visconti, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Michelangelo Antonioni and Louis Malle.

Alain Delon was born in Sceaux, Seine (now Hauts-de-Seine), Île-de-France, an upscale suburb of Paris. His parents, Édith (née Arnold; 1911–1995) and Fabien Delon (1904–1977), divorced when Delon was four. Both remarried and Delon has a half-sister and two half-brothers. His paternal grandmother was Corsican, from Prunelli-di-Fiumorbo.

When his parents divorced, Delon was sent to live with foster parents; after their death, Delon’s parents shared custody of him, but the arrangement proved unsatisfactory. He attended a Catholic boarding school, from which he was expelled because of unruly behavior. Delon left school at 14, and worked for a brief time at his stepfather’s butcher shop. He enlisted in the French Navy at age 17, and during 1953–1954 served as fusilier marin in the First Indochina War. He has said that, of his four years of military service, he spent 11 months in military jail for being “undisciplined”.

In 1956, after dishonorably discharged, Delon returned to France. He had no money, and worked as waiter, porter, secretary and sales assistant. During this time he befriended the actress Brigitte Auber, and joined her on a trip to the Cannes Film Fest, where his film career would begin.

At Cannes, Delon was seen by a talent scout for David O. Selznick. After screen test Selznick offered him a contract, provided he learn English. Delon returned to Paris to study the language, but when he met French director Yves Allégret, he was convinced to stay in France. Selznick allowed Delon to cancel his contract, and Allégret gave him his debut with Edwige Feuillère, Quand la femme s’en mêle (1957) (“Send a Woman When the Devil Fails”).

Marc Allégret cast him in Be Beautiful But Shut Up (1958), which featured the young Jean-Paul Belmondo.

He was then given his first lead, supporting Romy Schneider in the period romance Christine (1958), based on a novel by Arthur Schnitzler. He and Schneider began a highly publicized romance.

Delon played the lead in the comedy Women Are Weak (1959), a big hit in France and the first of Delon’s films to be seen in America. Delon made personal appearances in New York to promote the movie. He was an associate of Serbian-born gangster Vojislav Stanimirovic and frequented his establishments owned in Manhattan.

Delon made two films that gained international reputation. In 1960, he appeared in René Clément’s Plein Soleil, released in the US as Purple Noon, based on Patricia Highsmith novel The Talented Mr. Ripley. Delon played protagonist Tom Ripley to critical acclaim; Highsmith was a fan of his portrayal. The movie was a hit in France and on the art house circuit in other countries.

He then played the title role in Visconti’s masterpiece, Rocco and His Brothers (1960).

Delon made his stage debut in 1961 in John Ford’s play ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore” alongside Romy Schneider in Paris. Visconti directed the production which broke box office records.

He was reunited with Rene Clement in the Italian comedy about fascism, The Joy of Living (1961).

More popular was an all-star anthology film Famous Love Affairs (1961); Delon played Albert III, Duke of Bavaria, opposite Brigitte Bardot.

Around this time Delon was mentioned as a possible lead in Lawrence of Arabia. Peter O’Toole was cast instead, but then Delon was signed by Seven Arts to a four-picture deal, including a big budget international movie of the Marco Polo story and The King of Paris, about Alexandre Dumas. Neither project came to fruition. Instead he was cast by Antonioni opposite Monica Vitti in L’Eclisse (1962), a major critical success.

More popular was the all-star anthology film, “The Devil and the Ten Commandments” (1963); Delon’s segment cast him with Danielle Darrieux.

Producer Jacques Bar was making a heist film with Jean Gabin with backing from MGM, titled Any Number Can Win (1963). Gabin’s co-star was meant to be Jean-Louis Trintignant, but Delon lobbied Bar for the role. He took the film’s distribution rights in certain countries instead of a straight salary.  This had never been done before in France and it became known as “Delon’s method.” The gamble paid off well, with Jean Gabin later claiming that Delon earned 10 times more money than he did. However, in 1965, Delon claimed “no one else has tried it since and made money.” But the experience gave Delon a taste for producing.

He also signed a five-picture deal with MGM, of which Any Number Can Win was the first.

His reputation was further enhanced when he worked with Visconti again for Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) with Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale. This was the seventh biggest hit of the year in France; Any Number Can Win was the sixth. The Leopard was also widely screened in the U.S. through 20th Century Fox. Delon was now one of France’s most popular stars. He starred in a swashbuckler, The Black Tulip (1964), from a novel by Alexandre Dumas, another hit.

Les Félins (1964), which reunited him with Rene Clement and co-starred Jane Fonda, was filmed in French and English versions. The latter was distributed by MGM, but it was not a success.

In 1964, the Cinémathèque Française held a showcase of Delon’s films and Delon started a production company, Delbeau Production, with Georges Beaume. They produced The Unvanquished (L’insoumis) (1964), where Delon played an OAS assassin. It had to be re-edited because of legal issues. Despite being distributed by MGM, audiences were small.

Latin Lover

Typecast as a “Latin Lover,” Delon spent the next few years in Hollywood. He said in 1965: “I don’t know whether I’ll succeed or not. If I were to concentrate on working entirely here and flop it would be a disaster for me in Europe. Everything would dissolve and I would have nothing. My dream is to do one picture a year in America and one in Europe… [But America is] the top, the last step. It’s a kind of consecration… If you want to be an international star you must establish yourself in American pictures, because only they will get adequate world wide distribution. It takes only a year for an American star to become known throughout the world. But European actors consider it a big break to get their pictures shown in New York. Because of my accent I would not attempt to play Americans. I am working on removing the distinctly French inflections from my speech so that I can play all continental nationalities.

He started in all-star anthology for MGM titled The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1965), opposite Shirley MacLaine.

He had his first English-language lead in Once a Thief, where he co-starred with Ann-Margret. It was based on a novel by Zekial Marko who had written Any Number Can Win, but it was not as successful.

MGM announced Delon would appear in a Western “Ready for the Tiger” directed by Sam Peckinpah, but the film was never made. Instead, Delon signed a three-picture deal with Columbia, and appeared in the big-budget actioner Lost Command (1966), playing a member of the French Foreign Legion, alongside Anthony Quinn and Claudia Cardinale.

The studio announced that he would appear in the biopic Cervantes, but this was never made. Universal used Delon in a Western, Texas Across the River, opposite Dean Martin.

Ray Stark wanted to use him in The Night of the Iguana and This Property Is Condemned. He did not appear in either film but was in that producer’s Is Paris Burning? directed by René Clement, playing Jacques Chaban-Delmas. This was a massive hit in France but performed disappointingly at the US box office–as did all of Delon’s Hollywood films.

Along with Steve McQueen and Sean Connery, Delon was one of the biggest stars in Japan, but unlike them, he did not make headway in the U.S.

After 6 Hollywood movies, Delon returned to France to make The Last Adventure opposite Lino Ventura. It was one of Delon’s most popular films of the 1960s but was not popular in America. He was meant to work again with Visconti in The Stranger but did not end up playing it. Instead he appeared on stage in Paris, Les Yeux Creves and made Le Samouraï with Jean-Pierre Melville, which became another classic.

He played an amnesiac in Diabolically Yours (1968) for Julien Duvivier and had a role in another all-star anthology, Spirits of the Dead (1968); his segment was directed by Louis Malle, and co-starred Brigitte Bardot.

Delon had another attempt at English-language cinema with The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) with Marianne Faithfull for director Jack Cardiff. It was a surprise hit in Britain.

Far more popular at the French box office was Farewell Friend (Adieu l’ami), where Delon and Charles Bronson played former legionnaires who get involved in a heist. The film helped turn Bronson into a genuine star in Europe.

While making the 1969 thriller La Piscine (The Swimming Pool) with Romy Schneider, Delon’s friend and bodyguard Stevan Marković was found murdered in dumpster near Paris. The police investigation revealed allegations of sex parties involving celebrities such as Delon and members of government including future French Prime Minister Georges Pompidou, whose wife, Claude Pompidou, was allegedly in compromising photos at one such party. Corsican crime boss François Marcantoni, a friend of Delon, was suspected of involvement. The affair gained notoriety in the French press as the “Marković affair.” In a 1969 BBC interview, Delon was questioned about his alleged involvement in the death of Marković, rumors of involvement in sex parties, and Delon’s own sexual tastes.

Reporter: People, once more, don’t say it straight to your face but they suggest very very strongly that you have homosexual tastes ? Delon: So what’s wrong if I had ? Or I did? Would I be guilty of something? If I like it I’ll do it. We have a great actor in France named Michel Simon and Simon said once, “If you like your goat, make love with your goat.” But the only matter is to love.

Delon then starred in gangster films, like Jeff (1969), for his own production company, Adel.

The Sicilian Clan (1969) teamed him with Lino Venura and Jean Gabin, and was a blockbuster.

Even more popular was Borsalino (1970), which Delon produced and in which he co-starred opposite Belmondo. Neither of these broke through in the US the way Delon hoped.

Neither did The Red Circle, despite Delon appearing with Yves Montand.

He produced a romantic drama, The Love Mates (1971), which was not a success. Neither was a comedy Easy, Down There! (1971).

In the 1970s, Delon made another attempt at the English speaking market. The Assassination of Trotsky (1972) for Joseph Losey was poorly received, but Red Sun (1972), with Charles Bronson and Toshiro Mifune, did well.

In France he appeared opposite Simone Signoret in The Widow Couderc (1971).

He made his third film with Melville, Un flic (1972). He produced and starred in a romantic drama, Indian Summer (1972), then made some thrillers: Traitement de choc (1973), and Tony Arzenta (1973).

In 1973, he recorded with Dalida “Paroles, paroles”, a popular French-language version of the Italian song “Parole parole.” He tried again for Hollywood stardom with Scorpio (1973), with Burt Lancaster for director Michael Winner. It was only a minor hit. In France, he made The Burned Barns (1973) and Creezy (1974). He produced Two Men in Town (1974) which re-teamed him with Jean Gabin, and Borsalino & Co. (1974), a sequel to his earlier hit. After another gangster thriller, Icy Breasts (1974), Delon returned to his first swashbuckler since The Black Tulip, playing the title character in the 1975 Italian-French film Zorro. He made some more crime films: The Gypsy (1975), Flic Story (1975) (with Jean Louis Triginant), Boomerang (1976) and Armaguedon (1976).

In 1976, Delon starred in Monsieur Klein, for which he was nominated for the César Award.

It was back to crime for another series of thrillers in which he starred as well as produced: Man in a Hurry (1977), Death of a Corrupt Man (1977),[37] Le Gang (1977), Attention, The Kids Are Watching (1978).

In 1979, Delon stated only a quarter of his business activities involve films: I have a helicopter business, build furniture, promote prize fights, and race horses… I star in two or three pictures a year in France. They make tremendous profits around the world. My pictures are the most popular in Russia. I am a superstar in Europe. I would like to be a star in America. In order to do so I would have to live and work in Hollywood. I can’t do that. My Adel productions makes at least one film a year. I do everything from A to Z. I find a story, hire writers, choose a director, collect a cast, and then put it all together. I even handle the finances, distribution, and publicity. I refuse to accept the director who thinks himself a genius and tries to put his stamp on my films. It is my stamp that counts… I don’t mean to sound egotistical. The simple truth is that I am an enormous star all over the world. I like that because it enables me to live well.

In 1979 he made a final attempt at Hollywood stardom, signing with agent Sue Mengers and starring in The Concorde … Airport ’79 (1979). The film was not a big success. Delon returned to French films which he produced: The Medic (1979) and Three Men to Kill (1980).

Teheran 43 (1981) was a big Soviet production he co-starred with Claude Jade and Curd Jürgens in a co-starring role beside Russian actors. Then it was back to crime: For a Cop’s Hide (1981), Le choc (1982), Le Battant (1983) (which Delon directed).

He was awarded the Best Actor César Award for his role in Bertrand Blier’s Notre histoire (1984), and portrayed the aristocratic dandy Baron de Charlus in a film adaptation of Marcel Proust’s novel Swann in Love in the same year.

The thrillers resumed: Parole de flic (1986), The Passage, Let Sleeping Cops Lie (1988), and Dancing Machine (1990).

One notable film during this time was Jean-Luc Godard’s Nouvelle Vague in 1990, in which Delon played twins.

Delon’s last major role was in Patrice Leconte’s Une chance sur deux in 1998, another box office disappointment.

Delon announced his decision to give up acting in 1997, although he still occasionally accepts roles.

Delon acquired Swiss citizenship in September 1999, and the company managing products sold under his name is based in Geneva. He resides in Chêne-Bougeries in the canton of Geneva.

In 2001, Delon starred in the French television drama Fabio Montale, playing an ageing policeman dressed in stylish clothes, a “signature Delon” role for audiences. The show was a big hit. In 2003, Delon tried to recreate the success of Fabio Montale and produced and starred in another French television police drama, Frank Riva. It did well but less so than Fabio Montale.

He starred, in 2008, as Jules Cesar in the box-office hit Asterix aux jeux Olympiques which co-starred Gérard Depardieu.

He mostly took roles in TV movies and also played some roles on the French stage. He directed a TV movie in 2008 co-starring Anouk Aimee, titled Love Letters based on a play by A.R. Gurney.

In 2018, after a seven-year hiatus from cinema, Delon was planning to star in a new movie, titled “La Maison Vide”, co-starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Patrice Leconte. However, the project was canceled, and no specific reason was given for the cancelation.

His last roles to date have been in the 2011 television movie “Une journée ordinaire”, in the 2012 Russian production S Novym godom, Mamy! in which he starred as himself and he again appeared as himself in the 2019 movie “Toute Ressemblance” as a guest in a talkshow.[43]

In April 2019, at 83, Delon released a new single. The track, titled Je n’aime que toi, was composed by Rick Allison and Julia Paris. Already in 1973 Delon scored huge international hit duetting with Egyptian-French singer Dalida on the song Paroles…paroles. In 1983 he collaborated with Shirley Bassey on the international hit song Thought I’d ring you.

At the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Delon received honorary Palme d’Or for his long standing career. A retrospective of some of his films played at the festival. There was controversy because of his presumed remarks he made concerning the treatment of women during his career and in his private life. Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director, told the audience during a homage at the ceremony, “We know that intolerance is back, we’re being asked to believe that if we all think the same it will protect us from the risk of being disliked or being wrong, but Alain Delon is not afraid of being wrong, being disliked, and he doesn’t think like others, and he’s not afraid of being alone”.

“For me, it’s more than the end of a career. It’s the end of a life. It feels that I’m receiving a posthumous tribute while being alive,” said Delon, while receiving the award from his daughter Anouchka Delon.

In the 1970s, Delon expanded his interests, like promoting fights. Since the formation of a perfume label in his name, Delon has had products sold under his name including wristwatches, clothing, eyewear, stationery and cigarettes. Delon’s sunglasses brand became particularly popular in Hong Kong after actor Chow Yun-fat wore them in the 1986 crime film A Better Tomorrow (as well as two sequels). Delon reportedly wrote a letter thanking Chow for helping the sunglasses sell out in the region.

The film’s director John Woo has acknowledged Delon as one of his idols and wrote a short essay on Le Samourai as well as Le Cercle Rouge for the Criterion Collection DVD releases.

In 2009 and 2015, Christian Dior used images of the young Alain Delon and excerpts of his 1960s films The Swimming Pool and The Last Adventure respectively in the Eau Sauvage cologne advertising campaigns.

On 20 March 1959, Delon was engaged to actress Romy Schneider, whom he met when they co-starred in Christine (1958). During their relationship, he had an affair with German actress, singer and model Nico. On August 11, 1962, Nico gave birth to a son, Christian Aaron Boulogne [fr] (Ari Päffgen) “Ari,” fathered by Delon. The child was raised by Delon’s mother and stepfather. In December 1963, Schneider and Delon broke the engagement.

On August 13, 1964, Delon married Nathalie Barthélémy. Their son, Anthony Delon, was born in September. In late 1967, Delon filed for divorce but they continued to live under the same roof. The couple divorced on February 14, 1969.

In the mid-1960s Delon had short relationship with Dalida; they had been friends since first meeting in Paris in 1955, where they were neighbors in the Champs-Élysées.

In 1968, during the shooting of the film Jeff, Delon met French actress Mireille Darc with whom he started a relationship that lasted until 1982. Later on, he had short relationships with the actress Anne Parillaud, then with Catherine Bleynie, ex-wife of Didier Pironi.

In 1987, Delon met Dutch model Rosalie van Breemen on the set of the music video for his song “Comme au cinéma” and started a relationship. They had two children: Anouchka Delon (November 25, 1990) and Alain-Fabien Delon (March  18, 1994). The relationship ended in 2001.

Delon lives in Chêne-Bougeries in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland and Douchy, Loiret, France.

During an interview in 2013, Delon supported the French far-right political party National Front, saying “The National Front, like the MCG [Geneva Citizens’ Movement] in Geneva, is very important…I encourage it and I perfectly understand it”.

Alain Delon was good friends with Argentine world champion boxer Carlos Monzon.

In September 2019, Ari Boulogne (Christian Aaron Boulogne) sued Alain Delon for recognition of paternity.

In 1969, Delon was sentenced to four months in jail by Italian court for assaulting an Italian photographer.

In 1970, it was reported that Delon, through a friend, Mr Stan, purchased a copy of the original manuscript of Charles de Gaulle’s 1940 speech to the French encouraging them to resist the Germans. Delon paid 300,000 francs for the manuscript and then returned it to the government.

Delon suffered stroke in June 2019. He was admitted to hospital after experiencing dizziness and headaches. In August 2019, he was recovering in a Swiss hospital.

Delon’s favourite actor is John Garfield. He also admires Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando and Robert Walker.

At the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, he received the Honorary Palme d’Or.
At the 45th Berlin International Film Festival, he won the Honorary Golden Bear.
At the 2008 César Awards on February 22, 2008, he presented the César Award for Best Actress to Marion Cotillard for La Vie En Rose.
Delon appears on the cover of the 1986 album The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths.
He was made Officier (Officer) of the Ordre national du Mérite in 1995.[81]
He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d’honneur on 21 February 1991.[82] He was promoted to Officier (Officer) in 2005.[82]
The song “Beautiful Killer” on Madonna’s twelfth studio album MDNA is a tribute to Delon.
The song “A Look From The Screen” by Russian band Nautilus Pompilius is a tribute to Delon.

Selected filmography

Year Title (English) Title (French) Role Director Notes

1957

Send a Woman When the Devil Fails Quand la femme s’en mêle Jo Yves Allégret Film debut

1958

Be Beautiful But Shut Up Sois belle et tais-toi Loulou Marc Allégret Also starred Jean Paul Belmondo
Christine Christine Franz Lobheiner Pierre Gaspard-Huit with Romy Schneider

1959

Women are Weak Faibles femmes Julien Fenal Michel Boisrond with Mylène Demongeot; one of Delon’s first films released in the US
Way of Youth Le chemin des écoliers Antoine Michaud Michel Boisrond with Bourvil and Lino Ventura
1960 Rocco and His Brothers Rocco Parondi Luchino Visconti with Annie Girardot
Purple Noon Plein Soleil Tom Ripley René Clément with Marie Laforêt
1961 The Joy of Living Che gioia vivere Ulysse Cecconato René Clément nominated for the Palme d’Or 1961[85]
Famous Love Affairs Les Amours célèbres Prince Albert Michel Boisrond anthology film, with Brigitte Bardot
1962 Love at Sea L’Amour à la mer A film star Guy Gilles
Eclipse L’Eclisse Piero Michelangelo Antonioni with Monica Vitti
Carom Shots Carambolages Monsieur Lambert Marcel Bluwal cameo appearance
The Devil and the Ten Commandments Le Diable et les Dix Commandements Pierre Messager Julien Duvivier anthology film
1963 Joy House Les Félins Marc René Clément with Jane Fonda, made for MGM in English and French
Any Number Can Win Mélodie en sous-sol Francis Verlot Henri Verneuil with Jean Gabin for MGM. Delon distributed the film himself in some territories.
The Leopard Le Guépard Tancredi Luchino Visconti nominated – Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Male with Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale
The Black Tulip La Tulipe noire Guillaume/Julian de Saint Preux Christian-Jaque dual role
1964 The Unvanquished L’Insoumis Thomas Vlassenroot Alain Cavalier with Lea Massari. Made for Delon’s own company.
1965 The Yellow Rolls-Royce Stefano Anthony Asquith anthology film. In English.
Once a Thief Les Tueurs de San Francisco Eddie Pedak Ralph Nelson with Ann-Margret, Van Heflin and Jack Palance. Delon’s first Hollywood film. In English.
Is Paris Burning? Paris brûle-t-il ? Jacques Chaban-Delmas René Clément written by Gore Vidal and Francis Ford Coppola. In English and French.
1966 Texas Across the River Don Baldazar Michael Gordon with Dean Martin. In English.
Lost Command Capt. Philippe Esclavier Mark Robson with Anthony Quinn, George Segal, Michèle Morgan and Claudia Cardinale. In English.
1967 The Last Adventure Les Aventuriers Manú Robert Enrico with Lino Ventura and Joanna Shimkus
Diabolically Yours Diaboliquement vôtre Pierre Julien Duvivier with Senta Berger
The Samurai Le Samouraï Jef Costello Jean Pierre Melville with Nathalie Delon
1968 Spirits of the Dead Histoires extraordinaires William Wilson Louis Malle anthology film
Farewell Friend Adieu l’ami Dino Barran Jean Herman with Charles Bronson and Brigitte Fossey
The Girl on a Motorcycle La Motocyclette Daniel Jack Cardiff with Marianne Faithfull. In English.
1969 Jeff Laurent Jean Herman with Mireille Darc
The Sicilian Clan Le Clan des Siciliens Roger Sartet Henri Verneuil with Lino Ventura and Jean Gabin
The Swimming Pool La Piscine Jean-Paul Jacques Deray with Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin
1970 The Love Mates Madly Julien Dandieu Roger Kahane with Mireille Darc
Doucement les basses Simon Jacques Deray with Nathalie Delon
Borsalino Borsalino Roch Siffredi Jacques Deray with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Rouvel. Also producer.
The Red Circle Le Cercle rouge Corey Jean-Pierre Melville with Bourvil, Gian Maria Volonté and Yves Montand
1971 The Assassination of Trotsky Frank Jackson Joseph Losey with Richard Burton as Leon Trotsky. In English.
Fantasia Among the Squares Fantasia chez les ploucs A passenger Gérard Pirès cameo appearance
Red Sun Soleil Rouge Gauche Terence Young with Charles Bronson, Toshiro Mifune and Ursula Andress. In English.
The Widow Couderc La Veuve Couderc Jean Lavigne Pierre Granier-Deferre with Simone Signoret and Ottavia Piccolo
Dirty Money Un flic Edouard Coleman Jean-Pierre Melville with Catherine Deneuve
1972 Indian Summer La prima notte di quiete Daniele Dominici Valerio Zurlini with Giancarlo Giannini, Lea Massari, Sonia Petrovna and Alida Valli
1973 Shock Treatment Dr. Devilers Alain Jessua with Annie Girardot
No Way Out Tony Arzenta Tony Arzenta Duccio Tessari
Scorpio Jean Laurier Michael Winner with Burt Lancaster and Gayle Hunnicutt. In English.
The Burned Barns Les Granges brûlées Judge Larcher Jean Chapot with Simone Signoret and Miou-Miou
Creezy La Race des seigneurs Julien Dandieu Pierre Granier-Deferre with Sydne Rome and Jeanne Moreau
Two Men in Town Deux hommes dans la ville Gino Strabliggi José Giovanni with Jean Gabin, Mimsy Farmer and Gérard Depardieu
1974 Borsalino & Co. Roch Siffredi Jacques Deray sequel to Borsalino
Icy Breasts Les Seins de glace Marc Rilson Georges Lautner with Claude Brasseur and Mireille Darc
1975 Zorro Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro Duccio Tessari with Stanley Baker and Ottavia Piccolo
The Gypsy Le Gitan Hugo Sennart José Giovanni also produced by Alain Delon
Flic Story Roger Borniche Jacques Deray with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Claudine Auger
1976 Boomerang Comme un boomerang Jacques Batkin José Giovanni credited as writer
Armaguedon Doctor Michel Ambroise Alain Jessua
Monsieur Klein Mr Klein Robert Klein Joseph Losey César Award for Best Film
1977 Man in a Hurry L’Homme pressé Pierre Niox Édouard Molinaro with Mireille Darc
Death of a Corrupt Man Mort d’un pourri Xavier Maréchal Georges Lautner with Ornella Muti, Stéphane Audran and Mireille Darc
Le Gang Robert Jacques Deray credited as producer
1978 Attention, the Kids Are Watching Attention, les enfants regardent “The Man” Serge Leroy with Sophie Renoir
1979 The Concorde … Airport ’79 Paul Metrand David Lowell Rich with Robert Wagner, Susan Blakely and Sylvia Kristel
The Medic Le Toubib Jean-Marie Desprès Jean Freustié with Véronique Jannot
1980 Three Men to Kill Trois hommes à abattre Michel Gerfaut Jacques Deray credit as writer
1981 Teheran 43 Foche Aleksandr Alov and Vladimir Naumov Golden Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival 1981
For a Cop’s Hide Pour la peau d’un flic Choucas Alain Delon credited as director and writer
1982 The Shock Le choc Martin Terrier Robin Davis with Catherine Deneuve
1983 Le Battant Jacques Darnay Alain Delon with Anne Parillaud
1984 Our Story Notre histoire Robert Avranches Bertrand Blier with Nathalie Baye
Swann in Love Un amour de Swann Baron de Charlus Volker Schlöndorff based on Marcel Proust, with Jeremy Irons, Ornella Muti
1985 Cop’s Honour Parole de flic Daniel Pratt José Pinheiro with Fiona Gélin
1986 The Passage Le Passage Jean Diaz René Manzor with Christine Boisson
1988 Let Sleeping Cops Lie Ne réveillez pas un flic qui dort Commissaire Eugène Grindel José Pinheiro credited as co-writer and producer
1990 Dancing Machine Alan Wolf Gilles Béhat
Nouvelle Vague Lennox Jean-Luc Godard with Domiziana Giordano
1992 The Return of Casanova Le Retour de Casanova Casanova Édouard Niermans
Un crime [fr] Charles Durand Jacques Deray credited as writer
1994 The Teddy Bear L’Ours en peluche Jean Rivière Jacques Deray based on Georges Simenon
1995 A Hundred and One Nights Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma Himself Agnès Varda cameo appearance
1997 Day and Night Le Jour et la Nuit Alexandre Bernard-Henri Lévy with Arielle Dombasle and Lauren Bacall
1997 Une chance sur deux Julien Vignal Patrice Leconte with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Vanessa Paradis
1999 Actors Les Acteurs Himself Bertrand Blier
2003 Frank Riva [fr] Frank Riva television series[86]
2008 Asterix at the Olympic Games Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques Julius Caesar Frédéric Forestier and Thomas Langmann with Gérard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac and Benoît Poelvoorde

2012

Happy New Year, mothers! Himself