Jean-Paul Rappeneau is a French film director and screenwriter.
He started out in film as an assistant and screenwriter collaborating with Louis Malle on Zazie dans le metro in 1960 and Vie privee in 1961. In 1964, he was co-screenwriter for L' Homme de Rio, which starred Jean-Paul Belmondo.
The first film that he both wrote and directed was La Vie de chateau in 1966. Although it was a great critical and popular success, he did not make another film until 1971, when he directed Les MariÃ©s de l'an II, again starring Belmondo and MarlÃ¨ne Jobert.
Since 1975, Rappeneau has written only for his own films, including Le Sauvage, starring Yves Montand and Tout feu tout flamme, again with Montand, who co-starred with Isabelle Adjani.
In 1990, Rappeneau directed a deluxe Technicolor film version of Cyrano de Bergerac, his adaptation of the classic French play by Edmond Rostand, starring GÃ©rard Depardieu in what may become known as his greatest role. Rappeneau's film version is the most elaborate film version of the play ever made, and one of the most expensive French films ever produced. It is the only rendition of the play in the original French to be released widely.