Yves Robert

Yves Robert (19 June 1920 – 10 May 2002) was a French actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. Robert was born in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire. In his teens, he went to Paris to pursue a career in acting, starting with unpaid parts on stage in the city's various theatre workshops. From ages 12–20 he set type as a typographer, then studied mime in his early 20s. In 1948 he made his motion picture debut with one of the secondary roles in the film, Les Dieux du dimanche. Within a few years, Robert was writing scripts, directing, and producing. Yves Robert's directorial efforts included several successful comedies for which he had written the screenplay. His 1962 film, La Guerre des boutons won France's Prix Jean Vigo. His 1972 film Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire won the Silver Bear at the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival in 1973. In 1976, Un éléphant ça trompe énormément, starring his wife, earned him international acclaim. Robert's 1973 devastating comedy Salut l'artiste is considered by many performers to be the ultimate film about the humiliations of the actor's life. In 1977, he directed another comedy, Nous irons tous au paradis, which was nominated for a César Award for Best Film. In 1990, Robert directed two dramatic films, My Mother's Castle (Le château de ma mère) and My Father's Glory (La Gloire de mon Père). Based on autobiographical novels by Marcel Pagnol, they were jointly voted "Best Film" at the 1991 Seattle International Film Festival, and ...

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Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)

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Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agnès Varda
CAST:  Corinne Marchand  •  Antoine Bourseiller  •  Dominique Davray  •  Dorothée Blanck

Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agnès Varda
CAST:  Corinne Marchand  •  Antoine Bourseiller  •  Dominique Davray  •  Dorothée Blanck

King of Hearts (1966)

An ornithologist mistaken for an explosives expert is sent alone into a small French town during WWI to investigate a garbled report from the resistance about a bomb which the departing Germans have set to blow up a weapons cache.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe de Broca
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Geneviève Bujold  •  Pierre Brasseur  •  Michel Serrault

An ornithologist mistaken for an explosives expert is sent alone into a small French town during WWI to investigate a garbled report from the resistance about a bomb which the departing Germans have set to blow up a weapons cache.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe de Broca
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Geneviève Bujold  •  Pierre Brasseur  •  Michel Serrault

War of the Buttons (1962)

For generations, two rival French villages, Longueverne and Velrans, have been at war. But this is no ordinary conflict, for the on-going hostilities are between two armies of young schoolboys. When he is beaten by his father for having lost his buttons, the leader ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Yvette Etiévant  •  Michel Galabru  •  Michèle Méritz  •  Michel Isella

For generations, two rival French villages, Longueverne and Velrans, have been at war. But this is no ordinary conflict, for the on-going hostilities are between two armies of young schoolboys. When he is beaten by his father for having lost his buttons, the leader ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Yvette Etiévant  •  Michel Galabru  •  Michèle Méritz  •  Michel Isella

The Troubles of Alfred (1972)

Unlucky in love, Alfred tries to commit suicide, only to be thwarted by police efforts to prevent a simultaneous attempt by a nearby young woman. Recovering, the young lady puts him up at her house, as he has run out of places to live. He joins a Parisian sporting ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre Richard
CAST:  Pierre Richard  •  Anny Duperey  •  Jean Carmet  •  Paul Préboist

Unlucky in love, Alfred tries to commit suicide, only to be thwarted by police efforts to prevent a simultaneous attempt by a nearby young woman. Recovering, the young lady puts him up at her house, as he has run out of places to live. He joins a Parisian sporting ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre Richard
CAST:  Pierre Richard  •  Anny Duperey  •  Jean Carmet  •  Paul Préboist

Very Happy Alexander (1968)

Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and inactive. Just a dog is occupied to carry food and newspapers to him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Philippe Noiret  •  Françoise Brion  •  Marlène Jobert  •  Paul Le Person

Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and inactive. Just a dog is occupied to carry food and newspapers to him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Philippe Noiret  •  Françoise Brion  •  Marlène Jobert  •  Paul Le Person

We Will All Meet in Paradise (1977)

The film is the immediate continuation of Un éléphant ça trompe énormément, released the previous year. Having fortuitously discovered a photograph in which Marthe embraces someone unknown, clothed with a chequed jacket, Étienne Dorsay becomes jealous, and imagines ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Jean Rochefort  •  Claude Brasseur  •  Guy Bedos  •  Victor Lanoux

The film is the immediate continuation of Un éléphant ça trompe énormément, released the previous year. Having fortuitously discovered a photograph in which Marthe embraces someone unknown, clothed with a chequed jacket, Étienne Dorsay becomes jealous, and imagines ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Jean Rochefort  •  Claude Brasseur  •  Guy Bedos  •  Victor Lanoux

Neither Seen Nor Recognized (1958)

In a small French village, everything would be quiet if the local wildlife cop was not being ridiculed by a smart poacher.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Louis de Funès  •  Noëlle Adam  •  Frédéric Duvallès  •  Claude Rich

In a small French village, everything would be quiet if the local wildlife cop was not being ridiculed by a smart poacher.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Louis de Funès  •  Noëlle Adam  •  Frédéric Duvallès  •  Claude Rich

Folies-Bergère (1957)

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DIRECTION:  Henri Decoin
CAST:  Eddie Constantine  •  Zizi Jeanmaire  •  Nadia Gray  •  Yves Robert

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DIRECTION:  Henri Decoin
CAST:  Eddie Constantine  •  Zizi Jeanmaire  •  Nadia Gray  •  Yves Robert

A Bad Son (1980)

Bruno is released from prison. He looks for a job and tries to start a new life. His first stop is at his father's apartment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Sautet
CAST:  Patrick Dewaere  •  Yves Robert  •  Brigitte Fossey  •  Claire Maurier

Bruno is released from prison. He looks for a job and tries to start a new life. His first stop is at his father's apartment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Sautet
CAST:  Patrick Dewaere  •  Yves Robert  •  Brigitte Fossey  •  Claire Maurier

My Mother's Castle (1990)

My Mother's Castle (Le chateau de ma mere) is a sequel and companion piece to My Father's Glory (La Gloire de Mon Pere), both based on the childhood recollections of Marcel Pagnol. Like its predecessor, the movie explores the adventures of the young Marcel (Julien ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Philippe Caubère  •  Nathalie Roussel  •  Didier Pain  •  Thérèse Liotard

My Mother's Castle (Le chateau de ma mere) is a sequel and companion piece to My Father's Glory (La Gloire de Mon Pere), both based on the childhood recollections of Marcel Pagnol. Like its predecessor, the movie explores the adventures of the young Marcel (Julien ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Philippe Caubère  •  Nathalie Roussel  •  Didier Pain  •  Thérèse Liotard

Little Marcel (1976)

A homeless young man, living in his delivery truck, is simultaneously adopted by a pranksome group of youngsters and made into a police informer. Believing that he is doing something good both for the other kids and for himself, he has no qualms.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Fansten
CAST:  Jacques Spiesser  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Yves Robert  •  Michel Aumont

A homeless young man, living in his delivery truck, is simultaneously adopted by a pranksome group of youngsters and made into a police informer. Believing that he is doing something good both for the other kids and for himself, he has no qualms.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Fansten
CAST:  Jacques Spiesser  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Yves Robert  •  Michel Aumont

Le Viager (1972)

In 1930, Louis Martinet, a peaceful sexagenarian, no longer has a long life to live according to the words of his doctor, Leon Galipeau, who sees to take advantage of the very interesting situation of the "future deceased". This one indeed has a small house in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre Tchernia
CAST:  Michel Serrault  •  Claude Brasseur  •  Rosy Varte  •  Odette Laure

In 1930, Louis Martinet, a peaceful sexagenarian, no longer has a long life to live according to the words of his doctor, Leon Galipeau, who sees to take advantage of the very interesting situation of the "future deceased". This one indeed has a small house in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre Tchernia
CAST:  Michel Serrault  •  Claude Brasseur  •  Rosy Varte  •  Odette Laure

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DIRECTION:  Michel Audiard
CAST:  Michel Serrault  •  Bernard Blier  •  Paul Meurisse  •  Marion Game

Montparnasse-Pondichéry (1994)

After raising her daughter, one would think that Julie's life was rather full. However, she recently got an offer from the French consul to a mission in Pondicherry, India to teach her skills to Indians. She can only do this if she gets her high-school diploma, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Miou-Miou  •  André Dussollier  •  Jacques Perrin

After raising her daughter, one would think that Julie's life was rather full. However, she recently got an offer from the French consul to a mission in Pondicherry, India to teach her skills to Indians. She can only do this if she gets her high-school diploma, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Miou-Miou  •  André Dussollier  •  Jacques Perrin

School for Love (1955)

At the Conservatory of Vienna the student only have eyes for their beautiful singing teacher, tenor Eric Walter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Allégret
CAST:  Jean Marais  •  Brigitte Bardot  •  Isabelle Pia  •  Yves Robert

At the Conservatory of Vienna the student only have eyes for their beautiful singing teacher, tenor Eric Walter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Allégret
CAST:  Jean Marais  •  Brigitte Bardot  •  Isabelle Pia  •  Yves Robert

The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)

Hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Pierre Richard  •  Jean Rochefort  •  Bernard Blier  •  Paul Le Person

Hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Pierre Richard  •  Jean Rochefort  •  Bernard Blier  •  Paul Le Person

Hello Smile! (1956)

A small European Kingdom wants to make a frowning Princess smile for the upcoming Royal photo to be done. A mischievous Prime Minister goes to Paris to kidnap three famous comics to force them to do an act to make the Princess smile. However, the King is not aware ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert  •  Claude Sautet
CAST:  Henri Salvador  •  Annie Cordy  •  Louis de Funès  •  Jean Carmet

A small European Kingdom wants to make a frowning Princess smile for the upcoming Royal photo to be done. A mischievous Prime Minister goes to Paris to kidnap three famous comics to force them to do an act to make the Princess smile. However, the King is not aware ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert  •  Claude Sautet
CAST:  Henri Salvador  •  Annie Cordy  •  Louis de Funès  •  Jean Carmet

Bibi Fricotin (1951)

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DIRECTION:  Marcel Blistène
CAST:  Louis de Funès  •  Colette Darfeuil  •  Maurice Baquet  •  Paul Demange

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DIRECTION:  Marcel Blistène
CAST:  Louis de Funès  •  Colette Darfeuil  •  Maurice Baquet  •  Paul Demange

Clerambard (1969)

When a cruel man is visited by Saint Francis and convinced to change his ways, his family believes him to be insane and locks him away in order to sell his beloved castle  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Philippe Noiret  •  Dany Carrel  •  Gérard Lartigau  •  Claude Piéplu

When a cruel man is visited by Saint Francis and convinced to change his ways, his family believes him to be insane and locks him away in order to sell his beloved castle  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Robert
CAST:  Philippe Noiret  •  Dany Carrel  •  Gérard Lartigau  •  Claude Piéplu
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