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31 December 2012
This week Roxane Depardieu
also spoke out in defense of her father. Annoyed by the attacks
targeting the famous French cinema star who recently announced his
departure for Belgium to avoid unreasonable taxation, the
twenty-year-old stepdaughter of Vincent's published a letter saying,
"My father is a man to whom we owe respect, not insults." In an
interview, Roxane expressed her anger saying she finds the
criticisms "too unfair" and that her father is very "disappointed"
and did not deserve this.
UN PRINCE PRESQUE CHARMANT, which opens in France on January
9th, will also be screened at the upcoming 15th Rendez-vous with
French Cinema Paris, organized by UniFrance to promote French cinema
21 December 2012
Vincent's name popped up in
French news today as he joined fellow actors who have publicly
supported Gerard Depardieu's decision to avoid the new 75%
wealth tax on all income above $1.3 million. Last week the
celebrated actor announced that he would be leaving France,
relocating across the border in Belgium. French politicians and the
media attacked Depardieu for the move. Prime Minister Jean-Marc
Ayrault called it "pathetic." Actor Philippe Torreton weighed in
with a scathing essay published Tuesday in France’s Liberation
newspaper. In interviews on TV and outlets around the country,
others in the film community are being asked their opinion on the
controversy. Yesterday Vincent spoke with RTL saying, "It is a shame
to stigmatize people who have money. I don't like this
attitude. There is a fascist side. When someone does not agree, it
is not a reason to demonize. Gerard is in the law. I don't
understand the baseless accusations. The increase at 75%" is a
little exaggerated." The press reports that perhaps Vincent's
opinions are not totally objective since his wife is the mother to
Gerard's daughter, Roxane!
18 December 2012
I'm trying to wrap up this year's
news with more updates. In September I was on holiday and didn't
have time to complete the film page for
IL PREFETTO DI FERRO, which aired
on September 16 & 17. You'll find some good quality photos from the
RAI TV mini-series. Below is a short interview by the Italian media
with Vincent on September 13.
Have you seen the original
1977 film starring Giuliano Gemma and Claudia Cardinale?
VP: No, I haven't seen the film by Pasquale Squitieri.
VP: I didn't want to be influenced.
I chose to put myself in the role by studying
Italian cinema. It seemed to me the best way.
I had already worked with
Ettore Scola and Mimmo Calopresti.
You studied Italian between takes?
VP: In part. I also
spent two years with Carla Bruni. The two of us spoke French, but we
chose Italian with her family.
What is your relationship with Carla?
VP: Fine. We are very good friends.
She came to my wedding and is
my wife's friend. We often see
her and Nicolas
What are your politics?
VP: I do not feel right, nor left.
It is a difficult time, everything changes. As Gandhi said:
"We must become the change we want to see."
I am confident.
You are an ode to multiculturalism.
VP: I was born in Switzerland to a Spanish father and a German mother. I
worked in England and Italy. I live in
France. I speak the languages of these countries. I am a European
You have three children, Iman,
13 years old,
and 9-year-old twins Pablo and Tess.
You have also have a stepdaughter, Roxane
Depardieu. It's a challenge?
VP: I'm almost 50 years
old and have come forward to take responsibility, don't
you think? I remain optimistic. I can already tell
Roxane will be a great artist. In general,
I think if my children feel strong, they
will be able to cope with difficulties.
The premiere of
UN PRINCE PRESQUE CHARMANT was held yesterday at the Cinema
Gaumont Marignan in Paris. The film will have a theatrical release
in France on January 9th.
Last week a Russian fan
posted an entertaining clip at
youtube.com showing a scene from FANFAN with
Vincent and Sophie Marceau. If you've never seen this film, it's
13 December 2012
the recent surge of photos popping up from the opening of Vincent's
"Bolshoi" exhibition at the RuArts Gallery in Moscow, I have
posted a NEW GALLERY. The
exhibition is part of a large-scale international project called
"Paris-Moscow" and will continue through January 19th. The show is
divided into several parts, such as footage from rehearsals and
staging shots behind the scenes of the theatre. Some of the photos
are categorized as very rare. Often times the dancers seem fashioned
like sculptures. The 50 works, mostly in black and white, feature
the stars of the Bolshoi Theatre - Catherine Shipulina, Maria
Alexandrova, Svetlana Zakharova and, in center stage, Nikolai
Tsiskaridze. When Vincent first met Nikolai, they discussed the
possibility of doing some photos together and this exhibition is the
culmination of that idea. Nikolai is one of the most decorated
From the Russian media
(translated and edited): Every appearance of Vincent Perez
on the cinema screen causes women's hearts to stop beating. He has
created a whole gallery of romantic characters from brave soldier
Christian de Neuvillette in "Cyrano de Bergerac" to handsome officer
Jean-Baptiste in "Indochine". Until recently, few people knew that
he has been interested in photography since early childhood. For a
while that passion was pushed to the back burner, but a few years
ago it was rekindled. And now he is finally able to seize this
opportunity to display his work to the public at the RuArts Gallery
Vincent sees the ballet dancers as perfect creatures, who connect
ordinary people to the world of the divine. That is why he wants to
understand, with the help of his camera, how it happens: to catch
the moment when this miracle happens.
While looking at the pictures exhibited at the show, one finds that
ballet is a dance, a movement, an expression. But in these
photographs, the performers turn into something like sculptures.
Vincent says that while working on this project he tried to focus on
three themes. The first of which were the reflections on masculinity
and femininity: in some pictures some famous dancers are portrayed
in somewhat unusual images, for example, capturing Nikolai
Tsiskaridze wearing a tou-tou. The second theme is an attempt to
catch the ideal leap. And the third theme is "Swan Lake" behind the
curtains. He portrays in his photos ballet life in its entirety:
from the preparation of the dancer to the moment just before he
enters the stage.
Vincent has great plans that extend beyond Moscow. He plans to show
this exhibition in other Russian cities as well.
07 December 2012
exhibition, "Bolshoi", which includes about 50 works, opened today in Moscow. Here's a
to a video interview with him at the RuArts Gallery. More
photos at this link.
03 December 2012
According to The
Moscow News, Vincent's upcoming
Moscow Exhibition is called "Bolshoi". The exhibition is part
of an international project that started at the Paris Grand Opera,
where the Swiss actor photographed ballet
stars including Nicolas Le Riche and prima ballerina Elisabeth
Platel. He then worked with the dancers of
the Opera Garnier and Sylvie Guillem in London.
In Moscow, he snapped stars of the Bolshoi Theater, including
Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Yekaterina Shipulina and Maria Alexandrova.
"I have always been an admirer of the Bolshoi," Vincent told The
Moscow News. "And when I met Nikolai Tsiskaridze, we talked about
the possibility of doing some photos together." The
exhibition’s highlight is a series of photos of Tsiskaridze wearing
dresses. "The idea of Masculine-Feminine came along. For me the
dancers at that level are heroes. They are like warriors. They work
so hard with their bodies," said Vincent, adding, "Moscow is
one of the capitals of the photographic world."
"I started taking
photos when my art teacher gave me a camera. I was 13 years old,"
he said. He then studied at the Ecole des
Art Appliques at Centre Doret in Vevey, Switzerland.
Though he went on to become an
actor and director, his passion for photography never left him. He
explained that when he is a photographer,
the actor disappears, but when he is acting, the photographer is
still around. He calls this effect “a coin of two faces.”
He said, "When I take photos, I am
totally responsible for that. When you are acting in a movie, the
director and the producer are responsible."
Here are three new movie stills from
UN PRINCE PRESQUE CHARMANT.
02 December 2012
For more photos from the Gucci
Paris Masters 2012, follow this link.
Better late than never!
Here's a 24-minute video interview with Vincent from
January 2011. (Click on photo) It was broadcast by Swiss
television and the program was called "Pardonnez-moi" with host
Darius Rochebin. It's an exceptionally high-quality video and
even if you don't understand French, Perez fans can take
pleasure in the man's wonderfully animated gestures, his charm
and utterly handsome face. After all these years as his
webmistress, he still takes my breath away.