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Robert Hossein (born as Hosseinhof December 30, 1927 in Paris) is a French film actor of Parsi origin, director and writer. 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.

Hossein started directing films in 1956 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.

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 Une corde, un Colt and the low-budgeted but daringly subversive period drama J'ai tué Raspoutine. 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 Zoroastrian French composer of Azerbaijani-Tajik descent, and a Jewish comedy actress from Kiev. 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.

According to an article written by Emannuel Peze, Hossein experienced a conversion to Catholicism in 1971 during a visit to the Marian apparition at San Damiano in Lombardo Italy. Description above from the Wikipedia article Robert Hossein, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Robert Hossein (born as Hosseinhof December 30, 1927 in Paris) is a French film actor of Parsi origin, director and writer. 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.

Hossein started directing films in 1956 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.

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 Une corde, un Colt and the low-budgeted but daringly subversive period drama J'ai tué Raspoutine. 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 Zoroastrian French composer of Azerbaijani-Tajik descent, and a Jewish comedy actress from Kiev. 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.

According to an article written by Emannuel Peze, Hossein experienced a conversion to Catholicism in 1971 during a visit to the Marian apparition at San Damiano in Lombardo Italy. Description above from the Wikipedia article Robert Hossein, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 94

Birthday 1927-12-30

Place of Birth Paris, France

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Belmondo par Belmondo as Himself
2011 Une femme nommée Marie as Voce narrante
2011 Belmondo, itinéraire... as Himself
2010 Antigone as Créon
2009 Les fleurs maladives de Georges Franju as Himself
2009 The Little Murders of Agatha Christie (0 episodes) as Simon
2008 Annie Girardot, ainsi va la vie
2007 Trivial as Antoine Bérangère
2006 Petits meurtres en famille (4 episodes) as Simon
2006 Denn sie kennen kein Erbarmen: Der Italowestern as Himself
2004 San Antonio as Le ministre de l'intérieur / The Minister
1999 Gialloparma as Judge Bocchi
1999 Venus Beauty Institute as L'aviateur
1997 The Wax Mask as Boris Volkoff
1994 L'affaire as Paul Haslans
1990 Le Gorille (1 episode) as Joseph Beaucis
1990 Le Pavé du Gorille as Joseph Beaucis
1989 Les Enfants du désordre as Robert
1988 La croisade des enfants as Philippe-Auguste
1986 A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later as lui-même
1986 Le Caviar Rouge
1983 Surprise Party as André Auerbach
1981 The Professional as Commissaire Rosen
1981 Bolero: Dance of Life as Simon Meyer / Robert Prat
1979 Démons de midi as Metteur en scène de théâtre
1974 Le protecteur as Arnaud
1974 Le tour d'écrou as Peter Quint
1973 Prêtres interdits as Jean Rastaud
1973 A Police Officer Without Importance as Pierre
1973 Don Juan or If Don Juan Were a Woman as Louis Prévost
1972 A Murder Is a Murder as Jean Carouse
1971 The Burglars as Ralph
1971 La part des lions
1971 Judge Roy Bean as Black Bird
1970 Falling Point as Le Caïd
1970 Versatile Lovers as Serge
1970 Time of the Wolves as Dillinger
1969 Desert Assault as Captain Curd Heinz
1969 The Conspirators as Leonida Montanari
1969 Crime Thief as Christian
1969 The Bitch Wants Blood as Julien
1969 Misdeal as Martin von Klaus
1969 Cemetery Without Crosses as Manuel
1969 The Battle of El Alamein as Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
1968 Tender Moment as Enrico Fontana
1968 OSS 117: Double Agent as Il dottor Saadi
1968 A Little Virtuous as Louis Brady
1968 Angelique and the Sultan as Joffrey de Peyrac "Le Rescator"
1967 Lamiel as Roger Valber
1967 The Man Who Betrayed the Mafia
1967 I Killed Rasputin as Serge Sukhotin
1967 La Musica
1967 Untamable Angelique as Joffrey de Peyrac "Le Rescator"
1966 Brigade Anti Gangs as Le commissaire principal Le Goff
1966 Long March as Carnot
1966 Mademoiselle de Maupin as Capitaine Alcibiade
1966 La seconde vérité
1966 Angelique and the King as Jeoffrey de Peyrac
1965 The Thunder of God as Marcel
1965 Marco the Magnificent as Prince Nayam
1965 The Dirty Game as Dupont
1965 The Secret Killer as Peter Kuerten
1964 Marked Eyes as Franz
1964 OSS 117: Panic in Bangkok as Dr. Sinn
1964 Death of a Killer as Pierre Massa
1964 Angelique as Jeoffrey de Peyrac
1963 Chair de Poule as Daniel Boisset
1963 Of Flesh and Blood as Samuel
1963 Vice and Virtue as SS Oberst Erik Schörndorf
1963 Enough Rope as Inspektor Corby
1962 Love on a Pillow as Renaud Sarti
1962 Le monte-charge as Robert Herbin
1962 Hitch-Hike as Edouard, le fou
1961 Madame as Le sergent François-Joseph Lefebvre
1961 The Game of Truth as l'inspecteur
1961 The Taste of Violence as Perez
1961 La Menace as Savary
1960 The Wretches as Jess Rooland
1960 Les canailles as Ed Dawson
1959 La sentence as Georges
1959 Riff Raff Girls as acteur
1959 The Road to Shame as Pierre Rossi
1959 Blonde in a White Car as Pierre Menda
1959 Double Agent as Lui
1958 Provisional Liberty
1957 Méfiez-vous fillettes as Raven
1956 Crime and Punishment as René Brunel
1956 Cinépanorama (52 episodes)
1955 The Wicked Go to Hell as Fred
1955 Rififi as Rémi Grutter

Directing

Hernani Action Director
2011 Une femme nommée Marie Director
1986 Le Caviar Rouge Director
1984 Les Misérables (4 episodes)Director
1982 Les Misérables Director
1970 Falling Point Director
1969 Cemetery Without Crosses Director
1967 I Killed Rasputin Director
1965 The Secret Killer Director
1964 Marked Eyes Director
1964 Death of a Killer Director
1961 The Game of Truth Director
1961 The Taste of Violence Director
1960 The Wretches Director
1959 Blonde in a White Car Director
1959 Double Agent Director
1956 Pardonnez nos offenses Director
1955 The Wicked Go to Hell Director

Writing

1982 Les Misérables Screenplay
1970 Falling Point Writer
1969 Cemetery Without Crosses Writer
1967 I Killed Rasputin Writer
1965 The Secret Killer Screenplay
1964 Marked Eyes Story
1964 Death of a Killer Adaptation
1959 Blonde in a White Car Adaptation
1959 Double Agent Screenplay
1955 The Wicked Go to Hell Adaptation

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