MCM: Vincent Perez


On this Man Candy Monday (the sexiest of Mondays), we do homage to sexy Swiss actor Vincent Perez.


Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) – Christian de Neuvillette

1990 Cyrano de Bergerac


La Neige et Le Feu (1991) – Jacques Sénéchal

La Neige et Le Feu (1991)


Indochine (1993) – Jean-Baptiste

Indochine (1993)


La Reign Margot (1994) – La Môle

1994 Queen Margot


Swept From the Sea (1997) – Yanko Gooral

Swept From the Sea (1997)


On Guard! (Le Bossu) (1997) – Duc de Nevers

On Guard! (Le Bossu) (1997)


Talk of Angels (1998) – Francisco Areavaga

Talk of Angels (1998)


The Libertine (2000) – Denis Diderot

The Libertine (2000)


Bride of the Wind (2001) – Oskar Kokoschka

Bride of the Wind (2001)


Fanfan (2003) – Fanfan la Tulipe

Fanfan (2003)


Nouvelle-France (2004) – Intendant Le Bigot

Nouvelle-France (2004)


Madame de Pompadour (2006) – Louis XV

2006 Jeanne Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour


Demain de l’Aube (2009) – Mathieu

2009 Demain de l’Aube

Not *technically* an historical film, but I couldn’t resist including it because it deals with 18th-century reenactors.


Lo scandalo della Banca Romana (2010) – Clemente Claudet

Lo scandalo della Banca Romana (2010)


The Lines of Wellington (2012) – Lévêque

The Lines of Wellington (2012)


The Price of Desire (2015) – Le Corbusier

The Price of Desire (2015)

Are you a fan of Vincent Perez in historical costume movies and TV shows?

10 Responses

  1. picasso Manu

    Blergh. I can’t really explain it, much less justify it, but blergh. One thing, though: The man who was proposed a remake of Fanfan la Tulipe in the title role and said yes deserves to be staked to an anthill. Just sayin’

  2. Empress Rouge

    A correction to a confusing scenario – Vincent Perez starred in two movies with similar names: Fanfan (1993, aka Fanfan & Alexandre) and Fanfan la Tulipe (2003, title often shortened). The screenshot above is from the 1993 film, which starred Sophie Marceau as Fanfan (as seen in the screenshot) and Perez as Alexandre, a character based on the film’s director, Alexandre Jardin, who also wrote the novel on which the film is based. It’s set in contemporary times, but in that screenshot, Fanfan and Alexandre are in costumes on a movie set of 1813 Vienna.
    Perez played the titular character in Fanfan la Tulipe (which I have not seen) and is a remake of a 1952 swashbuckler. To add to the confusion, I believe Sophie Marceau’s modern character in the 1990s novel/film was named or nicknamed after that swashbuckling Fanfan.

  3. Janet

    He is easy on the eye – for sure. I just knew him from “La Reign Margot”. Love that movie. It’s a who’s who with all those Frence actors. Don’t know why they are keeping the dvd price of that movie so high. But boy he’s been in more costume dramas than I would have guessed. And often playing the title role. I’m gonna hunt those films down. But have to re-watch my “Cyrano” dvd and give him my undivided attention 😉.

  4. Kelly

    Le Bossu is one of my favorite films–put it in the same box as The Princess Bride for sheer energy and wit–and Perez plays sort of a dashing doofus (is that a thing?) who befriends the low-born hero. Fantastic swordplay, too. Have you done a Man Candy Monday for Daniel Auteuil? He definitely deserves!

  5. rico

    Fanfan la Tulipe is a disaster (costume wise and everything wise) . It’d be worth you put it on your list for snark week next year!

  6. Damnitz

    Pérez is just one of the best actors in swashbuckler films because he is so credible. I don’t know which was his best role. He played Louis XV remarkably well (maybe the best Louis for decades) although the film is somehow poor, although Charlotte de Turckheim is great as queen Marie.

  7. Lily Lotus Rose

    One thing I love about this website is how it shines a light on some relatively-obscure people and films. Case in point: Vincent Perez who I have been in love with since the 90s. La Reine Margot and Indochine sealed the deal for me! I wish he were better known in the US! That said, I don’t wish he were in more Hollywood films (they just don’t seem to be a good fit for him), but rather I wish his foreign-language films were more popular here!

    • Damnitz

      Do you mean “Nouvelle France”? That’s one of the worst movies I saw for quiet a while. Some famous actors (Tim Roth and Vincent Perez) in a absolutely stupid story and amateurish led film.
      By the way, I’m always astonished that many French films are relatively-obscure for the English speaking audience.

      Philippe Noiret should be in the list.