Les grands ducs

Feature film

Patrice Leconte

Country : France
Year : 1996
Lenght : 1h25
Genre : fiction
Information : color

Cast : Philippe Noiret, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Jean Rochefort

Sceenplay: Serge Frydman, Patrice Leconte
Cinematography: Eduardo Serra
Editing: Joëlle Hache

Production : Lambart Productions, Zoulous Films
Distribution : Tamasa

Grands ducs


Three has-been and broke actors continue to play minor roles here and there. They are called at the last minute to perform three small parts in a bedroom farce before the company goes on tour.

Patrice Leconte

Patrice Leconte joined the IDHEC cinema school (now Fémis) in 1967 and began with making short films. His meeting with the Splendid team, which offered him to adapt the play Amours, coquillages et crustacés for the cinema (Les Bronzés, 1978) really launched his career. The film was so successful that a second part, Les Bronzés font du ski, was rapidly produced. In 1985, Patrice Leconte became involved in very different film genres going from action films (Les Spécialistes staring Gérard Lanvin and Bernard Giraudeau) to intimate drama (Tandem, 1987, with Gérard Jugnot et Jean Rochefort).
Later on, Patrice Leconte turn to author’s cinema making the disturbing Monsieur Hire nominated at Cannes, the sensual Mari de la coiffeuse (1990), awarded the Louis Delluc Prize, and the sophisticated Ridicule (1996), which triumphed at the César Award Ceremony. At the end of the 1990’s, Patrice Leconte pursued his cinematographic journey making drama, including La Fille sur le pont and author’s films, including Félix et Lola. In 2004, he made a documentary film on symphony music, Dogora : Ouvrons les yeux, before surprisingly returning to his debut with Les Bronzés 3 amis pour la vie (2005). The multitalented filmmaker decided in 2012 to try animation cinema adapting Jean Teulé’s bestseller, Le Magasin des suicides. In 2014, he went back to his first love, comedy, adapting a successful play, Une heure de tranquillité, and working again with Christian Clavier.


Filmography : Les Bronzés (1978), Les Bronzés font du ski (1979), Les Spécialistes (1985), Tandem (1987), Monsieur Hire (1989), Le Mari de la coiffeuse (1990), Ridicule (1996), Les Grands Ducs (1996), La Fille sur le pont (1989), Les Bronzés 3 amis pour la vie (2003), Le Magasin des suicides (2012), Une promesse (2013), Une heure de tranquillité (2014)