The director Claude Zidi began his film career as a cinematographer, later he became a director assistant.
At the beginning of the 70's he directed his first movie and especially at the beginning of his career he shot normally comedies.
To his first movies belong "Les bidasses en folie - Die tollen Charlots - Frechheit siegt" (71), "La moutarde me monte au nez" (74), "La course à l'échalote - Der Tolpatsch mit dem sechsten Sinn" (75) with Pierre Richard, "L'aile ou la cuisse - Brust oder Keule" (76) with Louis de Funès, "L'animal - Ein irrer Typ" (77) with Jean-Paul Belmondo and "La Zizanie - Der Querkopf" (78) - again with Louis de Funès.
His comedies changed to a reflection of the society in the 80's but
always with a smile on the lips.
Claude Zidi only directed few more movies in the last years but nearly all became very popular. To these successes belong the sequel "Ripoux contre ripoux - Gauner gegen Gauner" (90), "La totale!" (91) - which was later filmed again by James Cameron with Arnold Schwarzenegger called "True Lies", "Arlette" (97) and finally the big production "Astérix et Obélix contre César" (99) - the most expensive French movie till then.
To his latest movies belong "La boîte" (01) and the third part "Ripoux 3" (03).
Besides his activity as a director he also wrote many of his scripts
Other movies from Claude Zidi (Director):