French director Jean-Pierre Mocky, a tireless slayer of social conventions, died Thursday (August 8th) after a career full of dozens of films, his family said.
"Jean-Pierre Mocky died at home this afternoon at 15 pm," said his son-in-law, Jérôme Pierrat, to AFP.
"Jean-Pierre Mocky left to shoot his next film with Bourvil, Michel Serrault, Michel Simon, Fernandel, Jacqueline Maillan, Jeanne Moreau, Jean Poiret, Francis Blanche, Charles Aznavour and so many others. 91st year in his Parisian home, surrounded by his family and loved ones, "said the filmmaker's son and daughter, Stanislas Nordey and Olivia Mokiejewski, in a statement to AFP.
Director of about sixty films
Author of more than sixty films including "A funny parishioner" with Bourvil or "To dead the referee" with Michel Serrault and Eddy Mitchell, Jean-Pierre Mocky was considered "the anar" of French cinema, always on the breach, eternal grumbler and, above all, free.
"Jean-Pierre Mocky, it was a style, a banter, friendships, rants and especially cinema, his cinema: unique, unclassifiable, provocative and poetic.His freedom of tone and his vision of the world will us I think of his family and loved ones, "said Minister of Culture Franck Riester on his Twitter account.
Jean-Pierre Mocky it was a style, a banter, friendships, jokes and especially cinema, his cinema: unique, unclassifiable, provocative and poetic. His freedom of tone and his vision of the world will be missed. I think of his family and his friends. pic.twitter.com/850wvzRrM3Franck Riester (@franckriester) August 8, 2019
First to react to the announcement of the death of the director, Jack Lang, who was his friend, paid a tribute to the filmmaker, "talented irreverent and insurgent daily".
"His filmography was in his image: caustic, unconventional, far from clichés, his films spared nothing and nobody, and tirelessly denounced the tricks and drifts of society.In old and irreducible anarchist, it was an outrageous provocateur who hid a sensitive and cultivated soul, skinned alive and eruptive, he often annoyed, but his word and his words always had the correctness and the truth of the revolts, "added the former Minister of Culture.
In an interview published by Le Figaro in 2014, the filmmaker bluntly confessed: "I knew 27 ministers of culture, of these twenty-seven, there was a great guy on the right, Malraux, and a great guy on the left The other twenty-five were duds. "
The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, also greeted the memory of Jean-Pierre Mocky, born in his city. "A lot of emotion when we hear of the death of Jean-Pierre Mocky, this" kid "from Nice (...) This rogue was as provocative as it was endearing, goodbye to the artist", he wrote on Twitter .
Doubt about his date of birth
If the birth of Jean-Pierre Mocky in Nice is proven, there remains a doubt about his date of birth. July 1929 or July 1933? In his autobiography, "I'm still going to make friends" (Cherche-Midi, 2015), Mocky recounts that he was born in 1933 but that his civil registry was falsified at the beginning of the war so that he can take the boat alone for Algeria to escape the Nazis.
Falsified or not, the register of civil status that gave birth to it in 1929 was never changed and the notice of "Who's Who" (reviewed by Mocky) caused it to be born on July 6, 1929.