Francis Veber (born July 28, 1937 in Neuilly-sur-Seine) is a French director, screenwriter, playwright, dialogue writer and producer.
He specializes in comedies since the 1970s, with his biggest successes as director happening in the 1980s and 1990s. He's also moved across the pond for some time, as an uncredited script doctor on some Touchstone Pictures productions. Since about 2008 he focuses exclusively on directing stage plays.
Works on TV Tropes:
- The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972, as co-screenwriter)
- The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1974, as co-screenwriter)
- Le Magnifique (1973, as uncredited screenwriter)
- La Cage aux folles (1978, adapted the play and did some dialogues)
- La Cage aux Folles 2 (1980, as screenwriter)
- La Chèvre (1981, as director and screenwriter)
- Partners (1982, as screenwriter)
- Les Compères (1983, as director and screenwriter)
- Les Fugitifs (1986, as director and screenwriter)
- Three Fugitives (1989, as director and screenwriter)
- My Father the Hero (1994, as uncredited script doctor)
- Le Jaguar (1996, as director and screenwriter)
- The Dinner Game (1998, as director and screenwriter)
- The Closet (2001, as director and screenwriter)
Tropes in his works:
- Associated Composer: Vladimir Cosma has scored a number of Veber's films.
- Odd Couple: Veber's protagonists are usually two completely different individuals, with one being an incurable goofball anywhere between The Ditz and a Cloudcuckoolander, and the other being any variant of the Straight Man and Only Sane Man. The plot usually has the two finding themselves forced to cohabit, flee together or work together to solve a major problem.
- Production Posse: He has worked multiple times with actors such as Gérard Depardieu, Michel Aumont, Pierre Richard and Richard Berry. And Vladimir Cosma very frequently scored his films.
- Signature Style: He often uses "François Perrin" or "François Pignon" to name his goofball and naive characters.