- Vecchiali, Paul
(April 28, 1930, Ajaccio, Corsica, France - )A movie buff since his childhood, he always intended to make films (he remains a great admirer of French cinema of the 1930s and 1940s). At age eighteen, he spent much time watching actors and technicians working in the Studios de la Victorine in Nice. Having graduated from Polytechnic School in 1953, he had to wait until 1961 to make his film debut. Unfortunately, the 16-mm silent movie he shot was never released. He created a production company, Les Roses de Gion, to finance a short. Seen as an actor in a few films (1963 Désormais, short, Daniel Epstein; 1965 Le Bonheur / UK and USA: Happiness, Agnès Varda; 1976 Les Pornocrates, Jean-François Davy; 2005 Paul Vecchiali en Diagonales, documentary, as himself, Emmanuel Vernières), he also was an assistant director (1965 Passeport diplomatique Agent K8 / Agente Tigre sfida infernale / USA: Operation Diplomatic Passport, Robert Vernay, France / Italy; Lor du Duc, Jacques Baratier, France / Italy), screenwriter (1965 Nick Carter et le Trèfle rouge / Nick Carter e il tri-foglio nero, as co-screenwriter, co-dialogist, Jean-Paul Savignac, France / Italy), and supervised the directing of two films (1967 La Loi du Survivant, José Giovanni; 1978 Le Paradis des Riches, Paul Barge). He founded a second company, Diagonales, which produced his own films and a few others (1977 Le Théâtre des Matières, Jean-Claude Biette; 1979 Les Belles Manières, Jean-Claude Guiguet; 1980 Simone Barbès ou La Vertu, Marie-Claude Treilhou; Cauchemar, Noël Simsolo; 1983 Le Goûter de Josette, short, also editor, Gérard Frot-Coutaz; 1986 Beau Temps mais orageux en Fin de Journée / USA: Good Weather, but Stormy Late This Afternoon, also co-editor, Gérard Frot-Coutaz; 1990 La Fille du Magicien, also co-screenwriter, editor, Claudine Bories). He edited the following movies: 1978 Tarzan Jacket (Cécile Clairval); 1982 Lointains Boxeurs (short, Claudine Bories); 1986 Qui trop embrasse (Jacques Davila).Filmography◘ Les Petits Drames (also co-screenwriter; un-released)◘ Les Roses de la Vie (short; also screenwriter, co-dialogist)◘ Le Récit de Rébecca (short; also screenwriter)1966 ◘ Les Ruses du Diable (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter, co-dialogist)1967 ◘ Les Premières Vacances (documentary; short)1972 ◘ Les Jonquilles (short; also co-screenwriter, editor)◘ L'Etrangleur (also screenwriter, adapter, dialogist, delegate producer; shot in 1970)◘ Femmes, Femmes (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter, co-dialogist, producer, editor, composer)◘ Change pas de Main (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter, co-dialogist, co-editor)◘ La Machine (also co-screenwriter, co-adapter, co-dialogist, producer, actor, co-editor)◘ Maladie (short; also screenwriter, dialogist, author of commentary, actor, editor)◘ Corps à Coeur / USA: Drugstore Romance (also screenwriter, adapter, dialogist, actor, editor)1981 ◘ C'est la Vie! (also screenwriter, adapter, dialogist, producer)1983 ◘ L'Archipel des Amours (segment "Masculins singuliers"; also screenwriter, dialogist, editor; also co-editor of the segments "Pornoscopie", Jean-Claude Biette; "Passage à l'Acte", Jacques Frenais; "Le Goûter de Josette", Gérard Frot-Coutaz; "Sara", Michel Delahaye; "La Visiteuse", Jean-Claude Guiguet; "Enigme", Cécile Clairval; "Lourdes, l'Hiver", Marie-Claude Treilhou; "Remue-Ménage", Jacques Davila; shot in 1981)◘ En haut des Marches (also screenwriter, dialogist, producer, actor, editor)◘ Les Barnufles (short; also screenwriter, actor)◘ Trou de Mémoire (short; also screenwriter, actor, editor)◘ Rosa la Rose, Fille publique (also screenwriter, adapter, dialogist, producer, editor)◘ Avec Sentiment (short)◘ Encore / Encore: Once More (also screenwriter, adapter, dialogist, producer, editor)1989 ◘ Le Café des Jules (also producer, editor)1992 ◘ Fugue en Sol mineur (short; also co-screenwriter, co-adapter, co-dialogist)1994 ◘ Wonderboy / De Sueur et de Sang / Die Zàrtlich-keit des Tigers (also co-screenwriter, editor; France / Germany)◘ La Terre des Vivants (unreleased)1996 ◘ U\@mour est à réinventer, Dix Histoires d'Amours au Temps du Sida / U\@mour est à réinventer / US DVD: Love Reinvented; also screenwriter)◘ Zone franche (also co-screenwriter, editor)◘ A votre bon Coeur (also screenwriter, actor, editor)◘ Et + si \@ff / En tout Bien, tout Bonheur (also screenwriter, co-dialogist)◘ Bareback ou La Guerre des Sens (short; also co-screenwriter, actor, editor)Television Filmography1973 ◘ Témoignages (episode "Prenez garde aux Moroses")1984 ◘ Série noire (episode "Cœur de Hareng"; also co-screenwriter)1986 ◘ A Titre posthume1989 ◘ Les Jurés de l'Ombre (7 X 52')◘ En Cas de Bonheur (250 X 26'; co-director only)◘ Le Front dans les Nuages◘ V comme Vengeance (episode "La Tendresse de l'Araignée"; also co-screenwriter)◘ L'Impure / La impura (also co-screenwriter, actor; France / Cuba)◘ Lola et quelques Autres (10 X 13'; co-director only)◘ Imogène (episode "Vous êtes folle, Imogène")◘ Le Lyonnais (episode "Sanguine")◘ Point d'Orgue1996 ◘ Imogène (episode "Imogène Contre-Espionne")1998 ◘ Victor Schoelcher, l'Abolition
Encyclopedia of French film directors . Philippe Rège. 2011.