Patrice Leconte

Patrice Leconte

Infobox Actor
name = Patrice Leconte

birthdate = birth date and age|1947|11|12
location = Paris, France
birthname =
spouse =
yearsactive = 1976 - present

Patrice Leconte (born November 12, 1947, in Paris, France) is a French film director and screenwriter.


While attending film school in the late 1960s, Leconte also worked as cartoonist, in particular for the magazine "Pilote". He directed his first feature film in 1976, and had a number of major successes with comedy films that were barely distributed outside France. He first came to international attention in 1989 with "Monsieur Hire", which was shown at the Cannes film festival and which was a radical departure from his previous work. Although he had already directed more than half a dozen features, many foreign critics, unfamiliar with his previous work, essentially treated him as a newcomer. Since then, he has alternated between films such as "Ridicule" and "L'homme du train" which have had success in the international arthouse market, and others, like "Les grands ducs", whose appeal has been limited to France.

He is sometimes credited as Patrice Lecomte.

In the 2000s, Patrice Leconte received more recognition in the US with the successful US releases of "Girl on the Bridge", "The Widow of Saint-Pierre", "Man on the Train" and "Intimate Strangers" (Paramount Classics released three of these films in the US [] ). Ryan Mottesheard of IndieWIRE wrote: "you could even argue that no other foreign filmmaker (INCLUDING Pedro Almodovar) has had as strong of an impact on U.S. arthouses." []

Three of Patrice Leconte's films are being remade by Hollywood studios: "Man on the Train", "Intimate Strangers" and "My Best Friend". []


* "Les Vécés étaient fermés de l'interieur" (1976)
* "Les Bronzés" (1978)
* "Les Bronzés font du ski" (1979)"
* "Viens chez moi, j'habite chez une copine" (1981)
* "Ma femme s'appelle reviens" (1982)
* "Circulez y'a rien à voir" (1983)
* "Les Spécialistes" (1985)
* "Tandem" (1987)
* "Monsieur Hire" (1989)
* "Le Mari de la coiffeuse" ("The Hairdresser's Husband") (1990)
* "Tango" (1993)
* "Le Parfum d'Yvonne" (1994)
* "Le Batteur Du Boléro" (1995)
* "Les Grands Ducs" (1996)
* "Ridicule" (1996)
* "Une chance sur deux" (1998)
* "La Fille sur le pont" ("The Girl On the Bridge") (aka "Girl on the Bridge" in the US)(1999)
* "La Veuve de Saint-Pierre" ("The Widow of Saint-Pierre") (2000)
* "Félix et Lola" (2001)
* "Rue des plaisirs" (2002)
* "L'homme du train" ("The Man on the Train") (aka "Man on the Train" in the US) (2002)
* "Confidences trop intimes" ("Intimate Strangers") (2004)
* "" (2004)
* "" (2006)
* "Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend)" (2006)

econdary literature

*Lisa Downing "Patrice Leconte" (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004)

External links

*imdb name|id=496312|name=Patrice Leconte
* [ Patrice Leconte] at Allmovie
* [ Short bio]
* [ Interview with Patrice Leconte on The Widow of St. Pierre]

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