Michel Piccoli

Michel Piccoli (1925-2020) was a French actor. He was born in Paris to a musical family; his mother was a pianist and his father a violinist. He appeared in many different roles, from seducer to cop to gangster, in more than 170 movies. Piccoli worked with Jean Renoir, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Lelouch, Jacques Demy, Claude Sautet, Louis Malle, Agnès Varda, Leos Carax, Luis Buñuel, Costa-Gavras, Alfred Hitchcock, Marco Ferreri, Jacques Rivette, Otar Iosseliani and Jacques Doillon. He was married three times, first to Éléonore Hirt, then for eleven years to the singer Juliette Gréco and finally to Ludivine Clerc. He had one daughter from his first marriage, Anne-Cordélia. Piccoli was politically active on the left, and is vocally opposed to the Front National.

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A Real Man (2003)

During a party somewhere in Paris, an apprentice filmmaker, Boris, and a young executive, Marilyne, play at being a loving couple when they've only just met. They end up really falling in love. Five years later, Marilyne, accompanied by Boris and their two kids, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arnaud Larrieu  •  Jean-Marie Larrieu
CAST:  Mathieu Amalric  •  Hélène Fillières  •  Pierre Pellet  •  Philippe Suner

During a party somewhere in Paris, an apprentice filmmaker, Boris, and a young executive, Marilyne, play at being a loving couple when they've only just met. They end up really falling in love. Five years later, Marilyne, accompanied by Boris and their two kids, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arnaud Larrieu  •  Jean-Marie Larrieu
CAST:  Mathieu Amalric  •  Hélène Fillières  •  Pierre Pellet  •  Philippe Suner

Atlantic City (1980)

In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis Malle
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Kate Reid  •  Michel Piccoli

In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis Malle
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Kate Reid  •  Michel Piccoli

Belle de Jour (1967)

Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre. When her lovestruck friend Henri mentions a secretive high-class brothel run by Madame Anais, Séverine begins to work there ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Buñuel
CAST:  Catherine Deneuve  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Jean Sorel  •  Geneviève Page

Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre. When her lovestruck friend Henri mentions a secretive high-class brothel run by Madame Anais, Séverine begins to work there ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Buñuel
CAST:  Catherine Deneuve  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Jean Sorel  •  Geneviève Page

Contempt (1963)

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A philistine in the art film business, Jeremy Prokosch is a producer unhappy with the work of his director. Prokosch has hired Fritz Lang to direct an adaptation of "The Odyssey," but when it seems that the legendary filmmaker is making a picture destined to bomb ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Luc Godard
CAST:  Brigitte Bardot  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Jack Palance  •  Giorgia Moll

A philistine in the art film business, Jeremy Prokosch is a producer unhappy with the work of his director. Prokosch has hired Fritz Lang to direct an adaptation of "The Odyssey," but when it seems that the legendary filmmaker is making a picture destined to bomb ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Luc Godard
CAST:  Brigitte Bardot  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Jack Palance  •  Giorgia Moll

Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)

Celestine has a new job as a chambermaid for the quirky M. Monteil, his wife and her father. When the father dies, Celestine decides to quit her job and leave, but when a young girl is raped and murdered, Celestine believes that the Monteils' groundskeeper, Joseph, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Buñuel
CAST:  Jeanne Moreau  •  Georges Géret  •  Daniel Ivernel  •  Françoise Lugagne

Celestine has a new job as a chambermaid for the quirky M. Monteil, his wife and her father. When the father dies, Celestine decides to quit her job and leave, but when a young girl is raped and murdered, Celestine believes that the Monteils' groundskeeper, Joseph, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Buñuel
CAST:  Jeanne Moreau  •  Georges Géret  •  Daniel Ivernel  •  Françoise Lugagne

La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

The former famous painter Frenhofer lives quietly with his wife on a countryside residence in the French Provence. When the young artist Nicolas visits him with his girlfriend Marianne, Frenhofer decides to start again the work on a painting he long ago stopped: La ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Rivette
CAST:  Michel Piccoli  •  Jane Birkin  •  Emmanuelle Béart  •  Marianne Denicourt

The former famous painter Frenhofer lives quietly with his wife on a countryside residence in the French Provence. When the young artist Nicolas visits him with his girlfriend Marianne, Frenhofer decides to start again the work on a painting he long ago stopped: La ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Rivette
CAST:  Michel Piccoli  •  Jane Birkin  •  Emmanuelle Béart  •  Marianne Denicourt

Dangerous Moves (1984)

World Chess Champion Akiva Liebskind (Michel Piccoli) faces his former pupil Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt), who defected to the West from the Soviet Union five years earlier, for the World Chess Championship in Geneva, Switzerland. The tension and strategies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Dembo
CAST:  Michel Piccoli  •  Alexandre Arbatt  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Leslie Caron

World Chess Champion Akiva Liebskind (Michel Piccoli) faces his former pupil Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt), who defected to the West from the Soviet Union five years earlier, for the World Chess Championship in Geneva, Switzerland. The tension and strategies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Dembo
CAST:  Michel Piccoli  •  Alexandre Arbatt  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Leslie Caron

La Grande Bouffe (1973)

Four friends gather at a villa with the intention of eating themselves to death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marco Ferreri
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Ugo Tognazzi  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Philippe Noiret

Four friends gather at a villa with the intention of eating themselves to death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marco Ferreri
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Ugo Tognazzi  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Philippe Noiret

Le Doulos (1962)

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Enigmatic gangster Silien, who may or may not be responsible for squealing on Faugel, is released from the slammer and already involved in what should have been a simple heist. By the end of this brutal, twisting, and multilayered policier, who will be left to trust?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Melville
CAST:  Jean-Paul Belmondo  •  Serge Reggiani  •  Jean Desailly  •  René Lefèvre

Enigmatic gangster Silien, who may or may not be responsible for squealing on Faugel, is released from the slammer and already involved in what should have been a simple heist. By the end of this brutal, twisting, and multilayered policier, who will be left to trust?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Melville
CAST:  Jean-Paul Belmondo  •  Serge Reggiani  •  Jean Desailly  •  René Lefèvre

The Phantom of Liberty (1974)

This Surrealist film, with a title referencing the Communist Manifesto, strings together short incidents based on the life of director Luis Buñuel. Presented as chance encounters, these loosely related, intersecting situations, all without a consistent protagonist, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Buñuel
CAST:  Adriana Asti  •  Julien Bertheau  •  Milena Vukotić  •  Maxence Mailfort

This Surrealist film, with a title referencing the Communist Manifesto, strings together short incidents based on the life of director Luis Buñuel. Presented as chance encounters, these loosely related, intersecting situations, all without a consistent protagonist, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Buñuel
CAST:  Adriana Asti  •  Julien Bertheau  •  Milena Vukotić  •  Maxence Mailfort

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

In Luis Buñuel’s deliciously satiric masterpiece, an upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Buñuel
CAST:  Fernando Rey  •  Delphine Seyrig  •  Paul Frankeur  •  Bulle Ogier

In Luis Buñuel’s deliciously satiric masterpiece, an upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Buñuel
CAST:  Fernando Rey  •  Delphine Seyrig  •  Paul Frankeur  •  Bulle Ogier

Topaz (1969)

Copenhagen, Denmark, 1962. When a high-ranking Soviet official decides to change sides, a French intelligence agent is caught up in a cold, silent and bloody spy war in which his own family will play a decisive role.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Frederick Stafford  •  Dany Robin  •  Claude Jade  •  Michel Subor

Copenhagen, Denmark, 1962. When a high-ranking Soviet official decides to change sides, a French intelligence agent is caught up in a cold, silent and bloody spy war in which his own family will play a decisive role.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Frederick Stafford  •  Dany Robin  •  Claude Jade  •  Michel Subor

The Prize of Peril (1983)

In a futuristic society, contestants pit their survival skills against each other in a fight to the death for cash prizes, and the contest is aired live on television.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Boisset
CAST:  Gérard Lanvin  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Marie-France Pisier  •  Bruno Cremer

In a futuristic society, contestants pit their survival skills against each other in a fight to the death for cash prizes, and the contest is aired live on television.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Boisset
CAST:  Gérard Lanvin  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Marie-France Pisier  •  Bruno Cremer

Themroc (1973)

Made without proper language, just gibberish and grunts, "Themroc" is an absurdist comedy about a man who rejects every facet of normal bourgeois life and turns his apartment into a virtual cave.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Faraldo
CAST:  Michel Piccoli  •  Miou-Miou  •  Béatrice Romand  •  Francesca Romana Coluzzi

Made without proper language, just gibberish and grunts, "Themroc" is an absurdist comedy about a man who rejects every facet of normal bourgeois life and turns his apartment into a virtual cave.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Faraldo
CAST:  Michel Piccoli  •  Miou-Miou  •  Béatrice Romand  •  Francesca Romana Coluzzi

The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)

Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort. Delphine is a dancing teacher and Solange composes and teaches the piano. Maxence is a poet and a painter. He is doing his military service. Simon owns a music shop, he left Paris one month ago to come back ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Demy
CAST:  Catherine Deneuve  •  Françoise Dorléac  •  Jacques Perrin  •  George Chakiris

Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort. Delphine is a dancing teacher and Solange composes and teaches the piano. Maxence is a poet and a painter. He is doing his military service. Simon owns a music shop, he left Paris one month ago to come back ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Demy
CAST:  Catherine Deneuve  •  Françoise Dorléac  •  Jacques Perrin  •  George Chakiris

Danger: Diabolik (1968)

International man of mystery Diabolik and his sensuous lover Eva Kant pull off heist after heist, all while European cops led by Inspector Ginko and envious mobsters led by Ralph Valmont are closing in on them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Bava
CAST:  John Phillip Law  •  Marisa Mell  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Adolfo Celi

International man of mystery Diabolik and his sensuous lover Eva Kant pull off heist after heist, all while European cops led by Inspector Ginko and envious mobsters led by Ralph Valmont are closing in on them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Bava
CAST:  John Phillip Law  •  Marisa Mell  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Adolfo Celi

May Fools (1990)

An eccentric family is re-united during the 1968 general strike in France, after the death of the grandmother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis Malle
CAST:  Michel Piccoli  •  Miou-Miou  •  Michel Duchaussoy  •  Paulette Dubost

An eccentric family is re-united during the 1968 general strike in France, after the death of the grandmother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis Malle
CAST:  Michel Piccoli  •  Miou-Miou  •  Michel Duchaussoy  •  Paulette Dubost

French Cancan (1955)

Nineteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in Jean Renoir’s exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. Jean Gabin plays the wily impresario Danglard, who makes the cancan all the rage while juggling the love of two beautiful women—an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Renoir
CAST:  Jean Gabin  •  Françoise Arnoul  •  Anna Amendola  •  María Félix

Nineteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in Jean Renoir’s exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. Jean Gabin plays the wily impresario Danglard, who makes the cancan all the rage while juggling the love of two beautiful women—an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Renoir
CAST:  Jean Gabin  •  Françoise Arnoul  •  Anna Amendola  •  María Félix

The Witches of Salem (1957)

Salem, 1692. Industrious farmer, John Proctor, has twice made love to 17-year-old Abigail, a youth he and his wife have taken in. (His wife Elisabeth has rebuffed him for seven months; she is puritanical and cold.) When she finds John and Abigail embracing, she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raymond Rouleau
CAST:  Simone Signoret  •  Yves Montand  •  Mylène Demongeot  •  Alfred Adam

Salem, 1692. Industrious farmer, John Proctor, has twice made love to 17-year-old Abigail, a youth he and his wife have taken in. (His wife Elisabeth has rebuffed him for seven months; she is puritanical and cold.) When she finds John and Abigail embracing, she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raymond Rouleau
CAST:  Simone Signoret  •  Yves Montand  •  Mylène Demongeot  •  Alfred Adam
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