Yves Robert

born on 21/6/1920 in Saumur, Loire, France

died on 20/5/2002 in Parigi, France

Yves Robert

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Yves Robert
Born June 19 1920
Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France
Died 10 May 2002 (aged 81)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Ethnicity French
Occupation Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Danièle Delorme (m. 1956-2002)
Relatives Xavier Gélin
(stepson, deceased)

Yves Robert (19 June 1920 10 May 2002)[1] was a French actor, screenwriter, director, and producer.

Life and career

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 1220 he set type as a typographer, then studied mime in his early 20s.[1] In 1948 he made his motion picture debut with one of the secondary roles in the film, Les Dieux du dimanche.[2] Within a few years, Robert was writing scripts, directing, and producing.

Yves Robert's directorial efforts included several successful comedies[3] 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.[4] 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,[5] and received rave reviews.[6][7] Over his career, he directed more than twenty feature-length motion pictures,[8] wrote an equal number of scripts, and acted in more than seventy-five films. Although his last major role was perhaps in 1980, The Bad Son by Claude Sotet, as the working-class father of a drug-dealer,[1] he continued acting past 1997.[2]

Robert played opposite Danièle Delorme in the 1951 play Colombe (Dove) by Jean Anouilh. They married in 1956, and jointly formed the film production company La Guéville in 1961.[9] He died in Paris on 10 May 2002[8] from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was buried in Montparnasse Cemetery with the epitaph "A man of joy ...", where visitors leave buttons of many colors.[2] He was survived by Danièle and two children, Anne and Jean-Denis Robert,[8] by first wife, actress Rosy Varte.[2] That month's Cannes Film Festival paid homage to his contribution to French film.

Filmography partial

  • Bibi Fricotin (1951)
  • The Red Rose (1951)
  • Les hommes ne pensent qu'à ça (1954)
  • Futures vedettes (1955)
  • Ni vu, ni connu (Neither seen .. nor recognized) 1958[2]
  • La Guerre des boutons (War of the Buttons) 1962
  • Bebert et l'Omnibus 1964[1]
  • Les Copains 1964 4 songs on 45 RPM vinyl[10]
  • Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire (The Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe) 1972
  • Salut l'artiste (1973)
  • Le Retour du Grand Blond (1974)
  • Un éléphant ça trompe énormément (1976)
  • Nous irons tous au paradis (1977)
  • Courage Fuyons (Courage, Let's Run) 1979[1]
  • Le château de ma mère (My Mother's Castle) 1990
  • La Gloire de mon Père (My Father's Glory) 1990
  • La Crise (1992)

Reissues and remakes

His black and white adaptation of the book "La Guerre des Boutons" having sold nearly 10 million tickets at the French box office in 1962, was hugely popular, and planned for a nationwide reissue 12 October 2011.[11]

Some films were also re-made in Hollywood.[8] The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe (1972), a spy spoof featuring physical comedic skills of Pierre Richard, became The Man With One Red Shoe (1985) with Tom Hanks. Pardon Mon Affaire (1976), a sexy farce with Jean Rochefort, became The Woman in Red (1984).[1]

DVD releases

  • La Gloire de Mon Pere + Le Chateau de Ma Mere (Restored) 1990-1991[12] 2002, 2005[13] & 2012[14] Blu-ray[15]
  • The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe + The Return of the Tall Blond Man 1972, 1974[16]
  • Ni vu..., ni connu... (1958) 2009[13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Bergan, Ronald, UK Guardian Obit, The Guardian, 14 May 2002. URL accessed on 1 May 2013.
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  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 LA Times Obituary, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2002. URL accessed on 1 May 2013.
  9. Riding, Alan, NY Obit- children, The New York Times, 11 May 2002. URL accessed on 1 May 2013.
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  11. 2011 Reissue 1962 War of Buttons, The Wall Street Journal. URL accessed on 30 April 2013.
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External links

  • Yves Robert at the Internet Movie Database
  • Clips from La Gloire de mon Père (My Father's Glory) 1990
  • Yves Robert in French Wiki


  • Yves Robert. Un homme de joie. Dialogue avec Jérôme Tonnerre, Paris, Flammarion, 1996, 394 p. (ISBN 2-08-067240-1)
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