jderay.jpgJacques Desrayaud, a filmmaker who was dubbed the “French Hitchcock,” died on Aug. 10 of cancer. He was 74.
Jacques always dreamed of becoming an actor. When he grew up, he changed his named to Deray, studied drama in Paris and appeared in several small film and stage roles. After apprenticing with directors Jean Boyer and Henri Verneuil in the 1950s, however, Deray decided his true calling was behind the camera.
From 1960 to 1997, Deray directed more than 20 thrillers, including “Le Gigolo” “Borsalino” and “La Piscine,” which was remade by François Ozon into the 2003 hit, “Swimming Pool.” Deray worked with many famous French film stars, but his favorite was actor Alain Delon, who appeared in 10 Deray films. He also directed several English-language movies, like “The Outside Man,” which starred Jean-Louis Trintignant, Roy Scheider and Angie Dickinson.
For his nearly four decades of cinematic excellence, Deray was honored as a Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier dans l’ordre National de la L