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Jean-Pierre Mocky (1933-2019)


  1. Jean-François   Calvé, Manina, la fille sans voiles  (UK: The Lighthouse-Keeper's Daughter; US: The Girl in the Bikini), France, 1952.      The future aptly-named  realisateur  tested  but lost the second film of Brigitte Bardot.
  2. Paul Bisciglia, Sous le ciel de Paris, France, 1950.    Mocky became  a one-man New Wave before la nouvelle vague began. As an actor, he was something of  pre-Delon Alain Delon.  (Visconti took  a shine  to them both). He directed 68 films between 1958-2014 and acted in 78, including most of his own.  Not this one for realisateur Julien Duvivier.
  3. Jacques Bernard, Caroline chérie (US: Dear Caroline), France, 1950.   When realisateur  Robert Vernay asked Mocky if he could ride in his Le Comte de Monte Cristo in 1954, Mocky said sure. Then, he could... When his pals Martine Carol and director Richard Potter  hired him in 1950, they didn’t ask, he didn’t say - and promptly fell of his horse and broke bones.
  4. Serge Bento, Journal d'un curé de campagne (US: Diary Of A Country Priest), France, 1950.     Auditioned  for the Robert Bresson classic and lost “for some good reason.”
  5. André Cheff, L’Auberge rouge (US: The Red Inn), France, 1951.    Auditioned  for another classic - Claude Autant-Lara’s this time.
  6. Gil Vidal, Marianne de ma jeunesse (Marianne Of My Youth), France-West Germany, 1954.      A classic director - Julien Duvivier - does not always signify  a classic movie. By now, Mocky decided to act for a director he knew exceedingly well. Himself.
  7. Pierre Brice,  Les tricheurs, France-Italy, 1958.     Another lost audition - for what is felt by many to be the start of la nouvelle vague, although made by an icon of the old guard, Marcel Carné... at 52!  Ironic, considering that with his first short, in 1929, Carné had been called by critic Jean Mitry, “a kind of new wave.” And  Mocky took Carné’s lead for his 1958 directing debut, Les dragueurs: Jacques Charrier.
  8. Alain Delon, Les seins de glace (UK: Someone Is Bleeding), France, 1974. That was the  idea when Mocky was planning it for Jane Fonda and Jane Birkin. The French realisateur often stars in his work. "Only because Delon or Belmondo  aren't  free!"  This time, Delon was  - when realisateur Georges Lautner made the film.
  9. Mike Been, The Last Temptation of Christ, 1988.    The French film-maker said he refused  Martin Scorsese’s request to play St John. Instead, the role went to  one of The Call rock band.
  10. Jean Davy, Eloge de l’amour (In Praise of Love), France-Switzerland, 2000.    Change of the old couple selling their WWII French Resistance stories to “Spielberg and Filmmaking Associates” in bilious realisateur Jean-Luc Godard’s most fiercely anti-American/anti-Hollywood film. Mocky was furious with Godard for accepting a 1998 César award for la nouvelle vague - and over-praising production giants Canal Plus  and Gaumont in his speech. Planned over five years, the film featured  a Mocky find, Cecile Camp (or, mainly, her back).  And  another much trumpeted “Godard  comeback” flopped. 

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