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Jean-Pierre Mocky (6 July 1929 – 8 August 2019),[1] pseudonym of Jean-Paul Adam Mokiejewski, was a French film director, actor, screenwriter and producer.

Jean-Pierre Mocky
Mocky at the "Sous les Projecteurs" festival in 1995
Jean-Paul Adam Mokiejewski

(1929-07-06)6 July 1929[1]
Died8 August 2019(2019-08-08) (aged 90)
Nice, France
OccupationDirector, actor, screenwriter, producer
Years active1955–2019
Spouse(s)Monique Baudin (1946; for 3 months)
Véronique Nordey (divorced); 1 child
Patricia Barzyk


Life and careerEdit

Mocky was born in Nice, France, to Polish immigrant parents, Jeanne Zylinska and Adam Mokiejewski. His father was Jewish and his mother was Catholic.[2]

Mocky appeared as an actor in the 1955 film Gli Sbandati and in many other movies, including some of those he also directed (Solo, L'albatros, L'Ombre d'une chance, Un Linceul n'a pas de poches...). His 1987 film Le Miraculé was entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

He began as an actor in the cinema and theater. In particular, he plays Jean Dréville's Les Casse-pieds (1948), Jean Cocteau's Orphée (1950) and Bernard Borderie's The Gorilla Hails You (1957). But it is especially in Italy that he becomes famous, thanks to his role in The Vanquished by Michelangelo Antonioni.

After working as a trainee with Luchino Visconti for Senso (1954) and Federico Fellini for La strada (1954), he wrote his first film, La Tête contre les murs (1959) and plans to make it himself, but the The producer prefers to entrust this task to Georges Franju. He went on to direct the following year with Les Dragueurs (1959). Since then, he has never stopped shooting. As early as the 1960s, he was able to reach a wide audience with crazy comedies such as A funny parishioner (1963) or La Grande Lessive (!) (1968). After May 68, he turned to the black film with Solo (1969) in which he shows a group of young terrorists of extreme left, then L'Albatros (1971) which shows the corruption of politicians.

In the 1980s, he returned to success with a film denouncing, a year before the drama of Heysel, the excesses of some football fans (À mort l'arbitre, 1984) and a comedy denouncing the hypocrisy around the pilgrimage to Lourdes (The Miracle, 1987). In the 1990s and 2000s, his films met with less success but Jean-Pierre Mocky continues to shoot with so much enthusiasm. In the beginning, his films were dedicated to the uprising against the restrictions imposed by society. Later it becomes the farce: That is how in Bonsoir the homeless Alex (Michel Serrault) pretends to be a lover of the lesbian Caroline (Claude Jade) in order to save her inheritance against her homophobic relatives.

His cinema, often satirical and pamphleteer, is generally inspired by facts of society. He works with few resources and runs very fast. He has shot with Bourvil (A funny parishioner, The City of the unspeakable fear, La Grande Lessive and The Stallion), Fernandel (The Exchange and Life), Michel Simon (The red Ibis), Michel Serrault (twelve films including Le Miraculé), Francis Blanche (five films including The City of the Unspeakable Fear), Jacqueline Maillan (five films), Jean Poiret (eight films) and with the stars Catherine Deneuve (Agent trouble), Claude Jade (Bonsoir), Jane Birkin (Noir comme le souvenir), Jeanne Moreau (The Miracle) and Stéphane Audran (The seasons of pleasure).

In 2010, he received the Prix Henri-Langlois for his entire career and the 2013 Alphonse Allais Prize. The International Festival of the film Entrevues in Belfort in 2012 and the Cinémathèque française in 2014 dedicate him a full retrospective.

Filmography (as director)Edit







Filmography (as actor)Edit


  • Prédal, René (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky. Lherminier/Quatre-Vents.
  • Haustrate, Gaston (1989). Entretiens avec Jean-Pierre Mocky. Édilig.
  • Le Roy, Éric (2000). Jean-Pierre Mocky. Ciné-regards. Bibliothèque du film/Durante.


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