Friday, October 15, 2010

Remembering Henri Verneuil

Henri Verneuil was born Achod Malakian in Rodosto, Turkey on Ocotber 15, 1920. He migrated with his family to Marseille, France in 1925 and became a naturalized French citizen. After his schooling Verneuil became an engineer and then a journalist before turning his life to film. He produced about 30 short films before attempting a full length motion picture. He became a popular director in the 1950s often working with French comedian Fernandel and later Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, Jean-Paul Belmondo. Some of his films include “The Sicilian Clan” (1969), “The Brain” (1971) and his only Euro-western “Guns for San Sebastian” (1969) with Charles Bronson and Anthony Quinn. Verneuil died of a heart attack on January 11, 2002 in Bagnolet, France. Today we celebrate what would have been Henri Verneuil’s 90th birthday.

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