Bernar Jirodo

Bernar Jirodo

Date of Birth: 18.06.1947
Country: France

  1. Biography of Bernard Giraudoux
  2. Early Interest in Directing

Biography of Bernard Giraudoux

Bernard Giraudoux was born in La Rochelle. At the age of 15, he obtained a certificate of completion from an incomplete secondary school and a certificate from a course that trained specialists in boilers and turbines. With these documents, he was accepted into the naval fleet. Over seven years of service, he traveled across seas and oceans, visiting places like Madagascar, South America, and New Caledonia.

Giraudoux was the only celebrity of his generation who "missed out" on the student revolution in May 1968. While his peers were building barricades, he was in the other hemisphere. Later, he admitted that the events in Paris seemed to him from afar as "just another small strike." Many years later, he reinterpreted this situation in his directorial work "Caprices of the River" (1996). His character, a French aristocrat exiled to Africa for free thinking, "misses" the French Revolution because he is engaged in his own, much more humane revolution: fighting for the liberation of Africans from slavery. He abolishes slavery in Senegal two years before the decrees of the French Revolution.

Early Interest in Directing

Giraudoux became interested in directing in 1981 on the set of Ettore Scola's "Passion of Love." The famous director later recalled that Giraudoux bombarded him with questions about directing techniques. In 1985, on the set of the film "Long Coats," director Gilles Béhat entrusted Giraudoux with the role of assistant director in addition to the lead role. And in 1990, Giraudoux made his directorial debut with the film "The Other," which earned him a nomination for a César Award in the category of "Best Directorial Debut."

Giraudoux stumbled into the world of cinema completely by chance. At the age of 22, he grew tired of following orders and left the army. He still wanted to travel, but as a free man. For some time, he wandered around, then tried his hand at various jobs (including working in advertising agencies). He couldn't figure out what he wanted to do for a long time. He enjoyed drawing, writing poetry, dancing, and singing. He joined a touring theater troupe, where he worked in various roles from carpenter to extra. His destiny was sealed when he met dancer Colette Milner, who convinced him that there was nothing better than being on stage. In 1970, Giraudoux enrolled in the Conservatory with a firm intention to become an actor. He studied on the same course as Daniel Mesguich and Jérôme Deschamps.

After graduating from the Conservatory, he performed in Jacques Fabri's theater troupe and made his film debut in his friend José Giovanni's film "Two in the Town" in 1972. During the filming, Giraudoux met Alain Delon, and they have been friends ever since. His life partner is actress Annie Dupré.