Classic Film Club




Jacques Perrin

Jacques Perrin (1988)



Jacques Perrin was born Jacques André Simonet in Paris, in 1941.   His father was a theatre director and his mother an actress.   Perrin began acting on stage as a child.   His sister is the film press attache Eva Simonet.

Perrin debuted in his first film at the age of 5 for Société Nouvelle Pathé Cinéma in 1946.   He has appeared in more than 75 feature films.

Z (1969), Perrin’s first film as a producer, garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.   He was awarded France’s César for producing the documentaries Microcosmos (1996) and Oceans (2010), as well as receiving a César and Academy Award nomination for the documentary Winged Migration (2001).

The British Academy nominated his production of The Chorus (2004) in the category Film not in the English Language.

He has produced and/or directed more than 30 feature films, a third of which have been documentaries.

Perrin has three sons including the actor/producer Mathieu Simonet (b. 1975) and the actor Maxence Perrin (b. 1995).



The Young Girls of Rochefort

The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • 1967
  • This 1967 film has been re-released with digitally restored music and dance numbers with Catharine Deneuve, her sister, and Gene Kelly.

Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • 1988
  • A small boy grows up running the theater camera in a Sicilian village.   He becomes a famous director and returns to his home after a 30 year absence to attend the funeral of an old mentor.


  • Microcosmos
  • 1996
  • French documentary about bugs.


  • Himalaya
  • 1999
  • An old village chief tries to re-assert his prowess during the annual trek to trade for salt and grain.

Winged Migration

Winged Migration
  • Winged Migration
  • 2001
  • You feel as if you are flying with several species of birds as they wing their way to winter and summer grounds.
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