Michel Boisrond, who helmed dozens of films and TV programs and is perhaps best remembered for directing Brigitte Bardot in 1955’s “Cette sacree gamine” (That Naughty Girl), died Sunday Nov. 10 in La-Celle-Saint-Cloud, France. He was 81.
He especially excelled in comedy, but was also accomplished in romancers and out-and-out entertainment.
During his five-decade career, he made such films as “A Parisian” in 1956 (and “The Parisians” in 1961), (Weak Women, 1958), “What Do You Think of the Prime Minister?” (1964) and “Tell Me You Love Me” (1974) as well as “Tom Thumb” in 1972 and his last film in 1975, the sex farce “Catherine and Co.” written by Catherine Breillat.
TV miniseries and skeins include “Les Folies Offenbach,” “Contemporary History,” “Marie Curie” and as recently as 1995 “Police des polices.”
Chateauneuf-en-Thymermais (Eure-et-Loire) native began as an assistant cinematographer, working with Jean Delannoy, Robert Vernay, Jacques de Baroncelli, Jean Cocteau and Rene Clearly. He later was an assistant director with Clearly.
He was married twice and had five children.