Wednesday, December 9, 2015

RIP Richard Balducci



Richard Balducci has died, the screenwriter behind the saga of the "Gendarme"

Le Parisien
December 9, 2015

Richard Balducci has died, the screenwriter behind the saga of the "Gendarme"

He was the "father" of Ludovic Cruchot, the most famous policeman of cinema. The writer and director Richard Balducci, the origin of the saga of the "Gendarme", died Tuesday at the age of 93, his wife announced Wednesday.

Vilfrid with Jacques and Jean Girault Richard Balducci participated in the writing of scenarios that depict the tribulations of Cruchots quartermaster and adjutant Gerber, embodied respectively by Louis de Funes and Michel Galabru.

"I've never had good reviews from the press, entrusted Richard Balducci a few years ago. I always ignored them. At the end, I was reading more. Fortunately, because if we had relied on the criticism after the first 'Gendarme', we would have quickly stopped! "

A war correspondent until the Liberation, Richard Balducci has come under Shows France Soir before working as a press attaché with many directors including Roger Vadim, Christian Jaque, Jean Pierre Melville, Claude Lelouch, Jacques Demy, Philippe de Broca Francois Truffaut and Jacques Becker.

Fifteen short films and comedy films as director

This is a story lived in the seaside resort of the Var which gave him the idea of ​​the saga. "I was locating in St. Tropez for a movie, he told. They stole my camera in my car. I went to complain to the police. It was noon. Upon arriving, I found a policeman sitting astride. With great difficulty, he got up to take my complaint and told me he knew my thief and had missed five meters, a few days earlier. ".

Richard Balducci evokes his misadventure to Louis de Funes. "He said: We will make a movie. This is a very good starting movie! "He recounted in the documentary" Louis de Funes and Gendarmes ".

The first part of the series - "Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez" - was released on September 9, 1964. The saga ended in 1982 with "The Gendarme and the Gendarmettes".

In the 1970s, Richard Balducci also produced a dozen short films and comedies with Jean Lefebvre and Paul Préboist including " La Honte de la Famille," " Par ici la monnaie", " Prends ta Rolls et va pointer!" and " Le Facteur de Saint-Tropez".


BALDUCCI, Richard (Armando Pellegrino Ido Balducci)
Born: 2/10/1922, Paris, ‘Île-de-France, France
Died: 12/8/2015, France

Richard Balducci’s western – director, screenwriter:
In the Dust of the Sun – 1971

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