Jean-Paul Belmondo


  1. Pierre Vaneck, Pardonnez-nous nosoffenses, France, 1956.   No luck in his first movie auditions, including actor-director Robert Hossein’s second film. “If he saw the film today, he would thank me… I don’t remember him, but I chose the families for height, faces, hair-colour and, perhaps, Jean-Paul didn’t fit in – and he’s told that story a thousand times to give me complexes.” “Happily,” laughed Belmondo, “the film was called Forgive Us Our Offenses. I do!” The film was an enormous flop and Hossein felt washed up, when producer Raoul Levy dropped him and moved on from him and his actress wife, Maina Vlady, to Roger Vadim and and his actress wife, Brigitte Bardot…   Bebel and Hossein joked about it for years, later co-starred in La Casse and Le profesional and, bien sur, it was Hossein (who also filmed with Vadim-BB) who orchestrated and directed Bebel’s theatrical comeback in the 80s: Kean and Cyrano de Bergerac.
  2. Georges Poulouly, Ascenseur pour l’echafaud (UK: Lift to the Scaffold; US: Frantic),France, 1957.    For the punk killer in his first feature, new French realisateur Louis Malle looked over the similarly new young turks – Bebel, Richard Bohringer, Sami Frey, Larent Terzieff.  However, when shooting started on September 23,  it was with the ex-child star of René Clément’s 1951 classic, Jeux interdits/Forbidden Games.  Like having Shirley Temple play Lizzie Borden. (Belmondo starred in Malle’s Le voleur, 1966).
  3. Laurent Terzieff, Les tricheurs, France, 1958.  Bebel was a huge hit on stage in Oscar when veteran Marcel Carné announced him for the lead.  Then, he saw Terzieff (also rejected for the Hossein film). And decided Belmondo was too “peuple” for a philosophical student. He remained in the gang although the Carné style – “heavily structured within the technical constraints of the period” – nearly put him off cinema.  Yet the film helped start lanouvelle vague…  Ironic, considering that with his first short – some 29 years earlier! – Carné had been called by critic Jean Mitry, “a kind of new wave.”
  4. Jacques Charrier, Les drageurs, (US: The Chasers),France, 1958.    Trying his hand at directing for the first time, actor Jean-Pierre Mocky wanted his fellow drama student drama-school pal to play the lead in his look at sexuality in the late 1950s.It was another pal, Gérard Hoffman, who invented the verb for, well, skirt-chasing.   Charrier was better known (if only as Brigitte Bardot’s first husband), but Belmondo was the nation’s biggest star over the next three decades.
  5. Michel Constantin, Le trou, France, 1960.    When suggested as one of five prisoners tunneling out of La Santé prison, realisateur Jacques Becker said:  “Non!  Not him.  I saw his short, Charlotte et son jules.  Physically, fine.  Voice, impossible.” (In the short, he had been dubbed by his director – a certain Jean-Luc Godard).    Becker’s son, Jean, directed Belmondo in another José Giovanni prison drama, Un  Nommée La Rocca, 1961.  Bebel loved it so much, he re-made it as La Scoumoune, with  Giovanni directing, in 1972.
  6. Pierre Mondy, Boulevard, France, 1960.     His agent, Blanche Montel, wanted him to work with veteran Julien Duvivier.  But that would have meant missing “what Blanche said would be the biggest error of my life.”  A bout de souffle.  Or, Breathless.   Agents!
  7. Jacques  Riberolle, L’eau a la bouche, 1960. La nouvelle vague was gaining speed. Auteur Jacques Doniol-Valcroze chose him for his wife, Françoise Brion’s lover.  She readily agreed.  The producers did not.  Pug-ugly!  “Imagine Belmondo taking a woman in his arms!”  The film was shot at the same time as Jean-Luc Godard’s A bout de  souffle, with the two critics-turned-realisateurs phoning each other every night to report on their new adventures.

  8. Sami Frey, La vérité/The Truth, France, 1960. 
    Asked merely to kiss Bardot in a test, Belmondo insisted on reading the young musician’s dialogue. Veteran director Henri-Georges Clouzot called him back for another audition a few hours  before he was due to test for Peter Brook’s Moderato cantabile – so Clouzot locked the door and kept talking and Belmondo only escaped by threatening to jump out the window. “This was the only timeI saw Brigitte in my movie career… even though we were  suggested  for other films.The French producers’ dream team – BB and Bebel. Brigitte Bardot and Jean-Paul Belmondo… Never happened. There had several offers – Le repos du guerrier, La Chamade, La Sirene du Mississippi, L’ours et la poupée, Cesar et Rosalie. And in 1960, they even tested as the passionate and doomed lovers in her favourite film, La verité/The Truth. Passion was her business and (at the time) doom was his. Sami Frey got the film – & BB.

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                                                                                  Photo: Han Productions/CEIAP, 1960.

  9. Gérard Barray, Les Trois mousquetaires/The Three Musketeers, France, 1961.     An old-hat project in the midst of the New Wave revolution – offered due to his spirited TV D’Artagnan over Christmas 1959.  This was to be helmer Philippe de Broca’s far richer Ariane production – with Charles Aznavour, Alain Delon, Sophia  Loren.   Bernard (Angelique) Borderie had the same project and Ariane would not deal…  so De Broca turned Belmondo into Cartouche, even livelier than D’Artagnan.
  10. Alain Delon, L’Eclisse, Italy, 1962.    Superstar swop.  Alain Delon backed out of L’Ainé des Ferchaux, just as Belmondo gave up on Michelangelo Antonioni.  Delon won!.
  11. Robert Hossein, Le repos du guerrier/Warrior’s Rest, France, 1962.    Realisateur and Bardot-creator Roger  Vadim was intrigued by the dream couple that Henri-Georges Clouzot never used for La verité – BB and Bebel!  By now, they were the top French stars.  Shy of screen sex, Bebel did not fancy the role.  “Bardot is not, perhaps, a great actress but she’s a grande personage.  Difficult to find a film to suit us.”  They never did.
  12. Jean-Claude Brialy, Château en Suède, France-Italy,  1963.    Withdrew after first rehearsals to join Jeanne Moreau  in Moderato cantabile for director Peter Brooke. Four years previously, Belmondo had replaced Brialy in Claude Chabrol’s A Double tour/Web of Passion.
  13. Henri Garcin, La Vie de château (US: A Matter of Resistance), France, 1965.  For his directing debut, scenarist Jean-Paul  Rappenau wanted his French Resistance fighter to be Belmondo  – after he starred in JPR’s script for L’Homme de Rio. Rappenau has only made eight other films since then, every one a gem – particularly the finest screen Cyrano de Bergerac, 1989.
  14. Antonio Sabata, Grand Prix, 1966.    Hollywood started getting interested and offered him a Howard Hawks project and John Frankenheimer’s  car racing drama.  Non, merci! His son, Paul, later became a Formula 1 racing driver.

  15. Oskar Werner, Fahrenheit 451, 1966.   
    Two years after producer Raoul Levy first told him the Ray Bradbury story, the French nouvelle vague icon François Truffaut secured the rights in July 1962 – and talked to Belmondo. He was booked throughout ’63 –  that was the official version.   Anther line was:  His price was too steep; “nothing less than 60m  Francs.   The bitter truth was that even with Bebel aboard, Truffaut couldn’t raise a budget in France. US producer Lewis Allen suggested Kirk Douglas, Marlon Brando, Montgomey Clift or Sterling Hayden as the fireman Montag. Producer Sam Spiegel began muscling in by promising Robert Redford (and  the Burtons!). Getting desperate, Truffaut made the mistake of his life by  giving Montag  to Werner (originally booked for the fire chief). Any of the others in a coma would have been better! The Austrian’s head had been turned by Hollywood since his and Truffaut’s Jules et Jim triumph. Werner argued constantly over his (dull) interpretation, refused one “dangerous” scene  (as if a fireman would not have to deal with fire) and  even cut his hair to ruin continuity. If not for the four years of planning, Truffaut would have walked.  Instead, he simply truncated Werner’s later scenes – and used a double, John Ketteringham, in most of them!

  16. Paul Meurisse, Le Deuxième Souffle, France, 1966.     Too busy (mainly with Ursula Andress since Les Tribulations d’un chinois en chine, 1965).  “No regrets because Meurisse was absolument formidable” in director Jean-Pierre Melville’s thriller. And no regrets about leaving Melville to Alain Delon. Belmondo found the  director  interesting, cultivated, charming “but odious on the set, mainly with the  technicians, creating a terrible ambience.”
  17. Alain Delon, Lost Command, 1966.     Anthony Quinn as Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Raspeguy proved this was  the  Hollywood version of the French in Indochina.  So a young French was required. Belmondo was not interested in acting  in English. Delon was – and he had served in what soon became better known as… Vietnam.
  18. Nino Manfredi, Le tresor de Sam Gennaro, Italy, 1966.     As usual, his commitments clashed – ie  world travels with Ursula Andress. By now, Life magazine’s cover was calling him: “The new style movie hero: sexy, crazy and cool.”
  19. Jean-Claude Brialy, Lamiel, France, 1967.     Nearly made by cineaste Claude Chabrol in 1961 to keep Belmondo and Sophia Loren together, switching them to Stendahl from Dumas and the abandoned Musketeers.  Bebel had  replaced a suddenly spotty Brialy in Chabrol’s A double tour, 1959.
  20. Malka Ribowski, L’une et l’autre, France, 1967.   He refused to work with director Rene Allio….

  21. Philippe Noiret, L’une et l’autre, France, 1967.     … no matter which role was offered.
  22. Charles Bronson, C’era una volta il west/Once Upon A Time in the West,  Italy-US, 1968.   Now this is a turn up for the books…  Quelle surprise!   Having never mentioned it before (or it would have already been here!), suddenly in a 2014 Studio magazine interview, Belmondo  claimed that Sergio Leone had asked him  to play Harmonica… (presumably after being rejected by James Coburn  and  Clint Eastwood).   Bebel passed because, or so he swore, his lady at the time advised him against it! (Et oui, he added).   It would never have worked. Imagine all that build-up at the railroad station.  The train steams in. No  one seems to get off. Train pulls out  and…  voila!   But that’s bloody Bebel!  What’s he doing in a Western?   LOL all around, no?
  23. Steve McQueen, The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968.   No one  – Canadian director Norman Jewison, lawyer-writer Alan Trustman, not even United Artists – wanted McQueen in a suit. Jewison designed it for Belmondo, Sean Connery or Rock Hudson.  Bebel was just never interested in  Hollywood (he ruled Europe, after all.) “Why complicate my life?  I( nam too stupid to learn the language and it would only be a disaster.”
  24. Roger Van Hool, La Chamade, France, 1968.    Producers were still trying for  BB-Bebel. They  rejected the Françoise Sagan novel.  Everyone did.  (With reason).  For six years.
  25. Jean-Louis Trintignant, L’Américain,, France, 1969.    “Give me three days to think about it,” said Belmondo during La Sirene  du Mississippi. When Bebel refused Bozzu… the actor-turned first-time director, Marcel Bozzuffi, turned to his pal and Z co-star, to take on the  French guy back home in Rouen after a decade in the US.   Claude Lelouch produced – and directed Bozzu’s scenes. Result: Flop. Despite  a cast including Simone Signoret, Francoise Fabian (Mrs Bozzu, from Ma nuit chez Maude with JLT)   and three other Z guys:  Jean Bouise, Bernard Fresson, Jacques Perrin.
  26. Gian Maria Volonte, Le Cercle Rouge, France, 1970.     Auteur Jean-Pierre Melville made cult films with both Belmondo and Delon and would have been first to co-star them – if Bebel had liked Melville and “if Delon hadn’t wanted to do Borsalino with Belmondo.” Next: rock star Johnny Hallyday. Becoming a co-production with Italy meant… Melville being shocked to find that Volonte, a great Italian stage actor, knew next to nothing about screen acting.
  27. Jean-Pierre Cassel, L’ours et la poupée, (US: The Bear and the Doll), France, 1970.
    A fifth non to BB… Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon were  furious on discovering, during  a  chance  bistro meeting, that auteur Michel Deville  had  sent them both  the same script and  promise: “I wrote it just for  you.”  They both left it alone. Deville had first wanted Catherine Deneuve and Belmondo. She agreed, having just made La Sirene du Mississippi with him. He disagreed having just made La Sirene du Mississippi with her. And so, Belmondo-Deneuve, DelonDeneuve, Jean-Paul BelmondoBardot, MontandDeneuve (five years before Le sauvage) became BardotCassel – finally rewarded for bringing Une ravissante idiote  to BB’s  attention in 1963 (well, she liked it).  Poupée was a surprise big hit. Everywhere but France where critics moaned they weren’t Kate HepburnCary Grant – while Italian  producers kept chasing them for more of the same28 – Michel Piccoli, La  poudre d’escampette, France, 1971.  After Cartouche, L’Homme  de  Rio, Les Tribulations  d’un  chinois en chine, Belmondo found a Philippe De Broca  script not up to snuff. “Because,” explained the director,, “the hero died.  Ah, la valse des acteurs!”

  28. Bernard Fresson, Macedoine, France, 1971.      Approached by Michèle Mercier and her producer husband about what was then La femme sandwich. “Ma chere, I adore you but your little director I hate already. Useless to go any further.” Director Jacques Scandelari’s short career  of seven films in a dozen years, was over  by 1978.
  29. Michel Piccoli, La  poudre d’escampette, France, 1971.   After Cartouche, L’Homme de  Rio, Les Tribulations  d’un  chinois en chine, Belmondo found a Philippe De Broca  script not up to snuff.  “Because,” explained the director, “the hero died.   Ah, la valse des acteurs!”
  30. Georges Descrières, Arsène Lupin, France-Belgium-Canada-Italy-Netherlands-Switzerland-West Germany, TV, 1971-1974.   Chief of the new Young Turks of la nouvelle vague had no need – or time – for television. But the gentleman thief (very much a French cousin of the British Raffles created six years earlier in 1899)  made a Euro-superstar out of the Comédie-Française actor.  Hence,  despite his panoply of stage roles, the headlines of his 2013 obituaries simply cited Lupin.
  31. Sami Frey, Cesar et Rosalie, 1972.   Impressed by the Ventura-Belmondo chemistry in his third film, Classe tous risques, 1960, realisateur Claude Sautet immediately wanted  them for the two guys in love with Bardot’s Rosalie.  Then, Classe flopped and his  script was viewed as too close to Jules et Jim in story and (for awhile) in period. Bardot quit. Next ideas included  Deneuve-Montand-Belmondo, then Romy Schneider-Montand-Depardieu, ultimately, beautifully Schneider-Montand-Sami Frey…. When Deneuve proved pregnant. Annie Giradcot had wanted it., Marlene Jobert pleaded for it,  But  Romy proved a glorious Rosalie in Claude Sautet’s greatest box-office triumph, his most autobiographical work –  the most cherished for the French public. (BB and Ventura made Boulevard du rhum, 1971, and did not get on.So nor did the film). 

  32. Marlon Brando, Ultimo  tango à Pariji/Last Tango In Paris, France-Italy, 1972.    
    Losing his ideal couple, Conformistes Jean-Louis Trintignant and Dominique Sanda (pregnant by Jean-Louis’ brother-in-law, Christian Marquand), Italian maestro Bernardo Bertolucci started shopping around and, to his surprise, or  ignorance, ran headlong into Belmondo’s notorious  pudeur  about sex scenes.  “I don’t do porno!” retorted Bebel. He was only the great lover (Laura Antonelli soon replacing Ursula Andress) off-screen.  OK then, how about Alain Delon?  “Sure but I have to produce it!”   Bye-bye, Delon!  “Hi Marlon, it’s Bernardo…” 

  33. Steve McQueen, Papillon, 1973.     When Robert Dorffmann asked him to film Henri Charriere’s best-seller, director Richard Brooks asked for Alain Delon and Belmondo.  “But that would cost  $4m,”  moaned the shocked producer.  Or, then again  half, what McQueen and Hoffman cost him.
  34. Jacques Brel, La bande à Bonnot (Bonnot’s Gang),France-Italy, 1974.   There was early trouble in Jean-Luc Godard’s marriage to Anna Karina, 1961-1967, and he scrambled around various projects to keep themselves together – after her affairs with Jacques Perrin and Maurice Ronet, plus a suicide attempt.  When  dropping Eva, the ever bilious JLG became keen on another Hakim brothers’ project – to co-star Karina and Belmondo from 1960’s Une femme est une femme. But that re-coupling didn’t encore until Pierrot le fou, 1965, as Bebel was committed to Louis Malle’s Le voleur, 1966.
  35. Yves Montand, Le sauvage, France-Italy, 1975.   Impressed by  M*A*S*H and The Long Goodbye, writers Jean-Loup Dabadie and (director) Jean-Paul Rappeneau first wanted Elliott Gould as the titular, rugged American. Producer Raymond Danon said such an important French production must have French stars. So, Catherine Deneuve and… ?  When l Rappeneau arrived for his lunch date with Belmondo, the French superstar had brought his lover with him. Nothing was said, nor had to be.   The meaning was clear.  Bebel expected Laura Antonelli to be his co-star. (As in Rappenau’s Les Mariés de l’an II, 1970, and Claude Chabrol’s Docteur Popaul, 1972).  Rappeneau was more keen on Bardot  – or Deneuve.   ”A comedy?” said Delon. Comedies don’t work with me. I mean,  can you see me cooking fish?” (He suggested Claude Brasseur), Lino Ventura didn’t like the story. Finally, Montand fell for the title – but not playing second fiddle to Deneuve.  Can she run more slowly?” he complained. ”Otherwise, I can’t catch her and we’ll have to change the ending.” He never did catch her. Deneuve being among the very few leading ladies he was never able to seduce.
  36. Jean Rochefort, Calmos, France, 1976.    Abrasive scenarist-director  Bertrand Blier wrote his very-black sex-comedy, for Belmondo and Jean Yanne. Bebel always avoided Blier – until Les Acteurs,  a quarter of a century later!  When, of course, they got on like “partners in crime!”  Too late.  Both were, sadly, in decline.
  37. Alain Delon, Monsieur Klein,France-Italy, 1976.    After failing to make La Raffle de Vel d’Hive, Costa-Gavras turned to a more Kafkian  WWII Jewish subject – and asked Belmondo to be the Robert trying to prove  in 1942 Paris that it is not him but his doppelgangerwho is Jewish. Not the right moment – right after the total flop of  Stavisky, 1974, sent Belmondo back into a deluge of action-man zeroxes.But wait, who is that, arm outstretched, smiling warmly as he runs Costa to earth in the Hotel Lutetia foyer but Delon… wanting to buy all the rights (including the Franco Solinas script) for a film with Joseph Losey. Delon always took more chances with his image (and paid for it with flops).  His version, for the Brechtian director Joseph  Losey, won the Best Film César award.“Un beau film,” said Costa. Indeed, their best.
  38. Philippe Noiret, L’African, France, 1983.    Philippe De Broca, a favourite and favoured Belmondo director,  thought a little of Bebel when writing his script, but the “too powerful”  superstar turned him down because the heroine’s role was  as important  as his.  “And he found  his  character too old!”  Bebel was 49;  Noiret,  51.

  39. Nicolas Silberg, Mesrine, France, 1983.

    Not even superstars get their own way…  It  was easy to beat Delon to the autobiography of the French Public Enemy #1, Jacques Mesrine.  In 1978 Belmondo paid 500,000 Francs to the publisher of L’Instinct de mort, who also happened to be his friend and agent, Gérard Lebovici (whose 1984 murder remains unsolved).  Bebel was fascinated by the self-confessed killer who came from a good family, won heroism medals in the Algerian war and boasted “I’ve never stolen from the poor, never raped, attacked old people or exploited women.”  After 12  (of 14)  massive  hits by the prodigious French dialoguist-turned-auteur Michel Audiard (129 scripts in 36 years), Bebel asked him  to help  with the adaptation.   When star and criminal  met in jail (20 years for bank robbery, armed assault),  the gangster approved  the scenario .  Then, he  made a point of telling  the star: “Ne mettez pas le mot fin, ce n’est pas fini  “Don’t use: Fin. It’s not over yet!” And  a few days later, he broke out of Le Santé prison (the  first convict to  scale the walls  of the jail  in 112 years). Not so easy to make the film… Various Paris helmers (Yves Boisset, Costa-Gavras, Philippe Labro, Roman Polanski) were not tempted. Like Vincent Cassel 25 years later, they had no wish to make Mesrine trop sympathetic.  The ever bilious Jean-Luc Godard was keen – he had already named his Pierrot le fou, 1965,  after a public enemy #1 of the 40s, Pierre Loutrel.  JLG summoned his Pierrot (Belmondp) to a meeting at the Artmedia agency office in May 1979. Godard saw the killer – for killer, he was – as a rebel mix of Robin Hood and Cartouche (a previous Belmondo role). “He killed lots of people,” he mentioned to the actor. ”I’d love to do the same but I don’t have the courage.”  Nor, in the end, did Bebel.  Or not after Godard outlined his version. After shelling out half-a-millionFrancs for the rights,Godard expected Belmondo to simply portray an actor wanting to play Mesrine – with Godard playing his metteur-en-scene. (Or, added the actor, the hero!)  The last straw was his title:  Frere Jacques.   “M Godard was scared of the subject,” realised Belmondo. “For me, the Godard of the 60s is dead.”  Unfortunately, he was the only one to see this (patently obvious) fact… Nicholas Silberg played the lead in André Gènovés’ 1983 thriller, Mesrine, without any rights to the man’s book… and Godard used Mesrine’s son, Bruno, in his Eloge de l’amour, 2000.

  40. Alain Delon, Nouvelle vaugue,Switzerland-France, 1989.      When searching in 1964 for a project to help save his marriage to Anna Karina, Jean-Luc Godard suggested a story of an actress caught between two men – played by the same man (Belmondo). Nothing came of it. In 1987, Godard discussed it with Marcello Mastroianni – who passed on what eventually became Nouvelle vaguewith Alain Delon, thoroughly bemused on and off-screen, struggling with having Godard’s last minute dialogue on cue-cards. 
  41. GérardDerpardieu, Uranus,France,  1990.     Blanc, Desarthe, Galabru, Luchini, Marielle, Noiret, Prevost…  The top Paris producteur-realisateur  Claude Berri assembled a treasure-trove of a cast for novelist  Marcel Aymé’s rich characters. Depardieu was first to say yes – and then non, fearing being confused with the drunkard Leopold.  Berrri called on Bebel to save the day.  He did not even reply. Fortunately, Depardieu changed his mind – and, as per usual, stole the entire proceedings.
  42. Gérard Depardieu, Cyrano de Bergerac, France, 1990.  When finishing L’Incorrigiblein 1975, director Philippe de Broca announced his “oldest dream film.”  Belmondo was interested but against wearing a false nose and “he didn’t want to play a man starting to grow old.” Yves Montand and Philippe Noiret also passed.  De Broca threw in the towel – picked jup by Jean-Paul Rappeneau,  who wrote L’homme de Riofor Belmondo, Le Sauvagefor Montand and  directed Noiret in La vie de château.  He didn’t call on any of them , choosing instead the majestic Depardieu. (He had shared with Belmondo what Truffaut called a symbolic  scene in Stavisky – “Two generations in the cinema, face to face”).  Cyrano, abon vivant, forever eating chickens,”  said Depardieu – muddling him with Porthos but playing him to utter perfection. Ironically, while his death scene was moving Rappeneau to tears, Belmondo, at 57,  was continuing his Paris stage comeback… as Cyrano!
  43. Warren Beatty, Bugsy, 1991.   Auteur Jean-Luc Godard became interested in the Bugsy Siegel story in 1978.  Belmondo felt the storyline was not solid enough – even with Vittorio Gassman, Diane Keaton and Charlotte Rampling aboard.
  44. Jean-Pierre Mocky, Le mari de Léon  (Léon’s Husband),  France, 1992.   Eternal rivals Belmondo and Alain Delon refused. Likewise stand-up Guy Bedos, Richard Bohringer, Bernard Giradeau and acteur-realisateurRobert Hossein. In fact, Malkovich was the only star to agree to film Frederic Dard’s best-seller, although he did not (then) speak French well enough. “Unthinkable with his accent,” said Mocky, who then played the role, himself. And not for the first time among his 82 directing credits.
  45. Alain Delon, Le lion, TV, France, 2003.     When Belmondo split from director Serge Moati’s new version of the Joseph Kessel novel (starring William Holden in 1961),  Delon jumped  – with his 13-year-old daughter, Anouchka, as co-star –  into Jose Pinheiro’s version.


>>> Tribute

Brother, cousin, uncle, friend, seducer, extraordinary father, hero with a thousand faces whose career carries a thousand lives, in which we all find a little of ours and which have marked six decades of French life…, Belmondo was the figure which pierced the styles, crossed the times, broke all the barriers. A goldsmith interpreter, an outstanding stuntman, flying over Venice hanging from a trapeze, heliported in Le Guignolo , taming a wild tiger in L’animal, walking suspended from a steel wire between two buildings in Un homme à Rio , but there, always.. This young man with a broken nose who was predicted to have a dark professional and emotional future and who, by dint of hard work, unlimited nerve, and enveloping charisma, ended up conquering France and seducing the most beautiful women in the world.

Jean-Paul Belmiondo was our 30 years., this Don Quixote of modern times… our 40 years,  athletic, fearless as all of us would have dreamed of being to fight against the fear on the city…. our 50 years. This successful entrepreneur who, suddenly, chose, as the last step in the itinerary of a spoiled child, to cast off towards his freedom and towards his destiny. He was the friend that everyone would like to have. Dear Jean-Paul, for all these reasons, to lose you today, for so many French men and women, is to lose an immense actor, a long enchanted moment of French cinema and a part of our lives. And if, in spite of the grief, we have to smile this day, as you have never stopped to do so in  our lives… Adieu Bébel.     –  French President Emmanuel Macron…..leading tne national tribute to the longtime #1 French movie star. 















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