Pierre Batcheff

Pierre Batcheff (born Piotr Bachev; 23 June 1907 in Harbin – 12 April 1932 in Paris) was a French actor of Russian origin. He was a high-profile cast during the 1920s and early 1930s and among his best-known films was Un Chien Andalou (1929), directed by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí. From 1930 until his death, he was married to French film editor Denise Batcheff.

Pierre Batcheff
Batcheff ca. 1926
Пётр Бачев
Piotr Bachev

23 June 1907
Died12 April 1932(1932-04-12) (aged 24)
Years active1923-1932
Notable work
Un Chien Andalou
Spouse(s)Denise Piazza


Born in Harbin, he grew up in Saint Petersburg, until his family emigrated to Geneva, Switzerland. In 1921, Batcheff moved to Paris where he first worked as a theatre actor, but soon entered the movie industry. From 1923 on, he had his first appearances in movies and by the mid-1920s, he had a become a high-profile actor.

Both Batcheff and the leading actress in Un Chien Andalou, Simone Mareuil, committed suicide, Mareuil by setting herself on fire in 1954,[1] Batcheff reportedly by overdosing on Veronal on 12 April 1932.[2]

Selected filmography


  • Powrie, Phil & Rebillard, Éric. Pierre Batcheff and stardom in 1920s French cinema. Edinburgh University Press, 2009


  1. López, Alfred (13 February 2013). "¿Quién es la actriz a la que Buñuel secciona el ojo en el film 'Un perro andaluz'?". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  2. Dalton, Phillip; Kramer, Eric Mark (2012). Coarseness in U.S. Public Communication. Fairleigh Dickinson. p. 146. ISBN 978-1611475043.

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