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Francois Perier (1919-2002)

  1. Paul Azaïs, Bifur 3, France 1944.  RealisateurMaurice Cam started shooting in the ill-fated 1939. WWII began and filming collapsed. By the time, the Nazi occupation of France was over (many French say WWII lasted 1939-1944!), the leading lady had died of typhus aged 19 on a boat to America.  And Perier was booked elsewhere.
  2. Fernandel, l’Amoir volante, (US: The Cupboard Was Bare), France, 1948. The journalist-novelist-scenarist-director Carlo Rim suggested his meek M’sier Pic, should be Périer, Pierre Fresnay or Michel Simon. “You mad?” said his producteur, “he’s perfect for Fernandel.” “You mad!” cried Rim. “We haven’t spoken to one another for five years.” Not any more. And the comic promised, for once, “to do the impossible and play the role exactly as written, M’sieur Rim.” Result: “Probably his best film,” said critic André Bazin.
  3. Jean Gabin, Touchez pas au grisbi, France, 1953. Gabin’s comeback. "Only if Périer agrees," said Gabin when offered the gangster Max-le-Menteur. Périer had been Jacques Becker's earlier choice. Thanks to a Périer date with the stage, the film saved Gabin from a career quagmire in a comeback in the Sinatra tradition. Gabin remained above the title until his death in 1976.
  4. Jean Gabin, L’Air de Paris, France-Italy, 1954. “Non, non! Gabin is finished!” “Périer will do it.” Producteur Robert Dorfmann’s reaction when realisateur Marcel Carné suggested a boxing film with two WWII pals from the French Marines, Gabin and ex-boxer Roland Lessafre. Carné got his way about who should be the champ’s coach but throwing the film more and more towards his young lover antagonised Gabin. He never spoke to Lessafre again.
  5. Gérard Depardieu, NathalieGranger, France, 1973. Depardieu's ten-minutes as an ominous washing-machine salesman stemmed from Marguerite Duras seeing him on-stage in her version of David Storey's Home. "You scared me," she said. "You've got the part." Périer joined Depardieu's directing debut, La Tartuffe, 1984. 

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