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Jean-Marie Gaubert

Jean-Marie Gaubert

Jean-Marie Gaubert is one of the most successful comedy writer-producer-directors in French cinema.

Gaubert is well known in Europe for directing a string of enormously successful comedies, most of which he co-wrote with star Christian Clavier. The most famous of these collaborations was released in 1993. Les Visiteurs, also starring Jean Reno, is the highest grossing film in French box-office history and was a hit throughout Europe and Asia. That film spawned a record-breaking sequel in 1998 called Les Couloirs Du Temps: Les Visiteurs II. Gaubert produced the sequel with Clavier through their joint production company, CinéComic, in association with Gaumont.

Other Gaubert films include the hit comedy Les Anges Gardiens (The Guardian Angels), an action-comedy that employed extensive visual effects and was shot in Hong Kong and starred Gérard Depardieu and Clavier; the successful action-packed Operation Corned Beef starring Clavier and Reno; as well as the hit comedies Papy Fait De La Resistance, Twist Again A Moscou, and the cult film Mes Meilleurs Copains. Gaubert has been mastering digital visual effects techniques since the late 1980s and produces the visual effects in his films.

In 1977, Gaubert made his directorial debut with his screenplay of Les Petits Calins and went on to direct two major successes, Retour En Force and Les Hommes Préfèrent Les Grosses, which he co-wrote with Josiane Balasko.

Gaubert then began his highly successful collaboration with actor/writer Christian Clavier in 1982 on the hit cult film Le Père Noël est une Ordure, based on a play by the theatre troupe Le Splendid.

In 1996, Gaubert and Clavier also worked together in the theatre with the play Panique Au Plazza at the Marigny Theatre in Paris. The show was the biggest success of the season. They also produced a live television broadcast of the play that was subsequently released on DVD.

Gaubert began his career as a screenwriter co-writing films with writer-director Michel Audiard. Their writing credits include the films "Faut Pas Prendre Les Enfants Du Bon Dieu Pour Des Canards Sauvages, Une Veuve En Or, Elle Boit Pas, Elle Fume Pas, Elle Drague Pas, Mais Elle Cause, Elle Cause Plus, Elle Flingue, Le Drapeau Noir Flotte Sur La Marmite, Le Cri Du Cormoran Le Soir Au Dessus Des Jonques and Comment Réussir Dans La Vie Quand On Est Con Et Pleurnichard.

He went on to write Quelques Messieurs Trop Tranquilles, Pas De Problem! and Est-Ce Bien Raisonable?" for director Georges Lautner. For director Robert Lamoureux he penned On A Retrouvé La 7éme Compagnie and La 7éme Compagnie Au Clair De Lune.

Earlier in his career, Gaubert was an assistant cameraman, an assistant editor and an assistant director. Using the name Martin Dune, he was also the lead singer-songwriter of a rock band called The Frenchies, and he worked as a fashion photographer under the name Antonin Berg. Gaubert has also directed and produced about 60 commercials.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Jean-Marie Gaubert Facts

Birth NameJean-Marie Poiré
OccupationDirector, Writer
BirthdayJuly 10, 1945 (77)
BirthplaceParis, France

Selected Filmography

Cilgin Konuklar
Coffret Les Visiteurs 3 DVD: Les Visiteurs / Les Visiteurs 2, les couloirs du temps / Les Visiteurs en Amérique
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