Jorge Semprun

  1. Jean-Paul Belmondo, Moderato Cantabile (UK: Seven Days… Seven Nights), France-taly, 1959. Director Peter Brook and author Marguerite Duras, wanted the French literary icon in the main role opposite Jeanne Moreau. When he refused, they chased other unlikely choices, such as Semprun, the Spanish author and future Culture Minister, and French journo-politician Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber (founder of L’Express magazine). Years later, Camus (writer, playwright and sometime stage actor) was “still working hard to stop myself from regretting not making the film.”

 Usual occupation: Author, Spanish Culture MinisterBirth year: Death year: Other name: Casting Calls:  1