Zidi began in the 60s as a camera assistant, among other things, in Chabrol's The beast must die (1969) and The Butcher (1970).
The great Charlots - impudence wins (1971 ) was his first film on its own with the comedy troupe Les Charlots, he stayed on comedies specialized for almost all his films, he also wrote the screenplay. Chest or leg (1976 ) had Louis de Funès and Coluche in the leading roles, An incredible type Jean -Paul Belmondo.
In 1984, he won two César Awards for his film The Bestechlichen with Philippe Noiret and Thierry Lhermitte ( for Director and for Best Picture ), who brought two sequels, in the nineties had his success but after. For most of his films Zidi also wrote the screenplay.