Alain Delon
Alain Delon
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon is a French-Swiss actor. He rose quickly to stardom, and by the age of 23 was already being compared to French actors such as Gérard Philipe and Jean Marais, as well as American actor James Dean. He was even called the male Brigitte Bardot. Over the course of his career, Delon has worked with many well-known directors, including Luchino Visconti, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Michelangelo Antonioni and Louis Malle.
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Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers (1960), in revival at Film Forum through Thursday, is like one of those large intergenerational novels. The disquisition is even presented like a novel with sections devoted to the brothers of the title, Rocco (Alain Delon), Simone (Renato Salvatori), Vincenzo (Spiros Focas), Ciro (Max Cartier) and Luca (Rocco Vidolazzi). They're the sons of Rosaria Parondi (Katina Paxinou) who at one point in the film talks about reuniting them like the five fingers of a hand. The displacement and demoralization of a Sicilian family who migrate to Milan comprises the theme, but the narrative takes the form of a classic fight film, as two of the brothers Simone and Rocco become professional boxers. And their deadly battle over a prostitute named Nadia (Annie Girardot) creates the central melodramatic struggle. Yet while the counterpoint between the two characters is simple their relationship is not. As low as Simone sinks in his criminal behavior, which ult ...
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Rare Ferrari found on French farm fetches 14 mn euros at auction
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Paris (AFP) - An ultra-rare Ferrari that once belonged to actor Alain Delon and was discovered rusting under a pile of old magazines on a French farm fetched 14.2 million euros ($16.2 million) at auction on Friday.
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Colin Firth to headline crime thriller 'Three To Kill'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Christopher McQuarrie will direct the British actor in a new adaptation of French author Jean-Patrick Manchette's "3 to Kill," published in French in 1976. The feature will place Colin Firth in the role of a businessman on the run from two professional killers after witnessing a murder. Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed "Jack Reacher" in 2012, has accepted to helm the crime thriller, which will be set in France, reports. "Three to Kill" will be the second film adaptation of Manchette’s novel, following French director Jacques Deray’s 1980 film "Trois hommes à abattre," headlined by Alain Delon.
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Review: Revisit Jean-Pierre Melville's world of crime in 'Un Flic'
LATimes - over 3 years
The 1972 film with Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve and Richard Crenna has many of the traits that made Jean-Pierre Melville a favorite for fans of French crime films. The air of compelling melancholy that hangs over all of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic policiers is especially inescapable while watching his 1972 "Un Flic." This was the last film the director finished before dying of a heart attack at age 55, and it has many of the traits that have made him a favorite for fans of crime films in general and the French variety in particular.
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John Farr: Dressing Up: The 10 Best Period Costume Movies
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
One of the singular joys of living in New York City is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, conveniently situated right across the Park from us. I was reminded of this on Wednesday when I attended their "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" exhibition. Combining artwork and costumes, it showed how the finest French impressionist painters of the late-19th century were celebrating Paris as the epicenter of style and fashion in their work, by painting not just glorious gardens and vistas, but the colorful, elaborate outfits worn by the city's most prominent women. Admittedly, I'm a sucker for the Impressionists. Were I Bill Gates, I'd be snapping up any Monet or Renoir I could lay my hands on. And though you won't see me at any "Fashion Week" events, I also love and revere timeless fashion and style, by which I mean: a) Clean styles, cuts and color sense that worked in 1930, and will work in 2030. b) Fashions from the past -- say, two centuries (I'm less inter ...
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Michael Giltz: DVD: Doctor Who Stumbles
Huffington Post - over 4 years
DOCTOR WHO SEASON SEVEN PART ONE ($24.98 DVD; BBC) -- Ever since Russell T. Davies brilliantly rebooted Doctor Who with a deadly serious Christopher Eccleston, we've been spoiled. Eccleston bolted unceremoniously (and unfortunately) after just one season. But he was replaced by David Tennant, who was widely and immediately (and correctly) hailed as "the best Doctor ever!" A decent budget didn't in fact spoil the show and the series was cool and smart and fun. God help the person who has to follow Tennant, I thought, only to have Matt Smith step in and be widely and immediately (and pretty much correctly) hailed as "the best Doctor ever!" All praise due to Tennant but Smith has built on what Tennant created and the show went from strength to strength. It reached a new peak in season six with a long arc that was rich in drama and portent. Some episodes were stand-alone (and weaker for it) but almost all of them pushed the major story forward with relentless energy to a thrill ...
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Michael Giltz: Theater: Annie Still Plucky; The Heiress Still Plain
Huffington Post - over 4 years
ANNIE ** 1/2 out of **** THE HEIRESS ** out of **** ANNIE ** 1/2 out of **** PALACE THEATRE Annie has great timing. I don't just mean the fact that this revival of the smash hit musical features a new president with a New Deal and a New York City on the skids but ready to bounce back with optimism and determination. Sure, that makes this Annie feel very welcome. But the even smarter timing is that it's opening on Broadway now and can establish itself as a family-friendly hit before that UK import Matilda The Musical comes thundering in next March armed to the teeth with rave reviews, big box office and major awards. Both girls are scrappy fighters and both can survive on Broadway. But having seen this Annie, it's lucky to have some breathing room. The story is familiar even though I've never seen the musical performed live or read the comic strip. Plucky little girl escapes depressing orphanage, befriends a dog named Sandy, wins the love of the richest man in the wor ...
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Lotte Verbeek: My Favorite French Films
The Huffington Post - USA - almost 5 years
Why French films? If you watch the below five titles, you'll know it. But to put it into words, French film to me is: aesthetics, subtleties, sensuality. Like no other filmmakers, the French understand the art of communicating without telling. They know how to draw you into the screen, because they give away so little. Here are my favorites: Trois Couleurs Bleu -- Kieslowski One of the first films I ever saw, this may be what lured me into film acting. It's a very intense, super cinematic film about a young widow who grieves over her daughter and composer husband. Juliette Binoche is intensely gripping (even though she doesn't shed a single tear during the whole film) and it is a fantastic lead part for Preisner's music. Belle de Jour -- Lois Bunuel A super sexy film with a very young Catherine Deneuve who is stuck in a boring bourgeois self-image and equivalently boring marriage. The film creates a parallel world in which she prostitutes herself to a varied client ...
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Fans of French star Delon stump up at watch auction
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
Chinese buyers showed their economic clout in Paris Thursday at an auction of watches owned by French film idol Alain Delon, with prices going through the roof.
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Pohřbu Václava Havla se zúčastnil i herec Alain Delon
Ceske Noviny - about 5 years
Praha - Na dnešní smuteční rozloučení s prezidentem Václavem Havlem do Prahy přijel i slavný francouzský herec <a class="fplink fp-5678" href="/alain+delon">Alain Delon</a>, který se zesnulým politikem, dramatikem a disidentem řadu let přátelil. Do české metropole hvězda evropské kinematografie dorazila společně s oficiální francouzskou delegací, ve které byl i prezident Nicolas Sarkozy.
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PARIS JOURNAL; Eager Chinese Shoppers Flock to Paris Stores
NYTimes - over 5 years
PARIS — It was once the Americans, then the Japanese, then the Russians. Now it’s the Chinese. In recent months, Paris has been dominated by the Chinese, who have begun to travel abroad in large numbers, and who come here less to eat than to shop. According to Atout France , the French tourism development agency, individual visas are
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CURRENTS | TV; In 'The Leopard,' an Epic's Lush Canvas
NYTimes - over 5 years
Last August, during her annual two-week vacation in East Hampton, N.Y., the designer Charlotte Moss watched one of her favorite movies, ''The Leopard,'' a 1963 film directed by Luchino Visconti. Reflecting on it later, she said, ''It's so rich, it's like a tiramisù.'' Ms. Moss isn't the only member of the design community to praise the film.
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In 'The Leopard,' an Epic's Lush Canvas - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
With each viewing, its admirers say, “The Leopard” reveals richer details: the way the parched Sicilian landscape is framed during a hunting scene; how the prince&#39;s nephew (played by Alain Delon) moves balletically through the villa saying his goodbyes
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Pedro Almodóvar vs. Antonio Banderas - New Yorker (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... viable specimens of the European cinema—is Jean-Pierre Melville, whose film “The Red Circle” Almodóvar asked Banderas to watch—as a result of which, Théate writes, “the actor did everything he could to resemble Alain Delon,” Melville&#39;s star
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Univ. of Chicago Doc Films - Chicago Reader (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
A sometime translator (Monica Vitti) recovering from an unhappy love affair briefly links up with a stockbroker (Alain Delon) in Rome, though the stunning final montage sequence—perhaps the most powerful thing Antonioni has ever done—does without
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Italian films to screen in Hanoi - SGGP
Google News - over 5 years
The cast boasts some of the most important actors of that time, including Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale. At the start of filming, Visconti was asked to cast a star in order to ensure that the movie earned enough money to justify its
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Minority View: Rififi in Tokyo by Jacques Deray (France) - DearCinema
Google News - over 5 years
... of cinema and this comes home to us again and again even when we see the work of &#39;minor&#39; artists like Jacques Deray who went on to make more commercially viable films like Borsalino (1970), a star vehicle for Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo
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The She Decade - Vanity Fair
Google News - over 5 years
She would be co-starring with Alain Delon, one of the biggest heartthrobs in Europe, who was at the height of his sullen beauty. He also purportedly had ties to the underworld, which may have intrigued Jane. However, once she arrived in Paris,
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Lancaster, Mirren, and Kerr in new prints series at the MFA - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Showing today at 11 am is a restored print of Luchino Visconti&#39;s opulent 1963 drama “The Leopard&#39;&#39; starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, and Claudia Cardinale. Awarded the Palme d&#39;Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, Visconti&#39;s masterpiece traces the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alain Delon
  • 2013
    Age 77
    During an interview in 2013 Delon came out in support of the French far-right political party National Front, saying "The National Front, like the MCG Citizens’ Movement in Geneva, is very important…I encourage it and I perfectly understand it".
    More Details Hide Details Alain Delon lives in Chêne-Bougeries in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland with his two youngest children. Alain Delon was good friends with, among others, Argentine world champion boxer Carlos Monzon. On 1 October 1968, in the village of Élancourt, Yvelines, on the western outskirts of Paris, the dead body of Stevan Marković, ex-bodyguard of Delon, was found in a public dump. Alain Delon and a Corsican gangster Francois Marcantoni came under investigation. One of the factors pointing in that direction was a letter of Stevan Markovic to his brother Aleksandar where he wrote: "If I get killed, it's 100% fault of Alain Delon and his godfather Francois Marcantoni." Later, the investigation involved the former French Prime Minister (and later President) Georges Pompidou after a few press articles and a testimony of Borivoj Ackov. He testified that he was present at parties with the wife of Pompidou, Stevan Markovic and Alain Delon.
  • 1998
    Age 62
    Delon's last major role was in Patrice Leconte's Une chance sur deux in 1998, another box office disappointment.
    More Details Hide Details Delon announced his decision to give up acting in 1997, although he still occasionally accepts roles. In the 1970s Delon expanded his interests. He bought trotters and promoted fights. Since the formation of a perfume label in his name, Delon has had a variety of products sold under his name including wristwatches, clothing, eyewear, stationery and cigarettes.
  • 1987
    Age 51
    In 1987, Delon met Dutch model Rosalie van Breemen on the set of the music video for his song "Comme au cinéma" and started a relationship. They had two children: Anouchka (25 November 1990) and Alain-Fabien (18 March 1994). The relationship ended in October 2002.
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  • 1986
    Age 50
    Delon's sunglasses brand became particularly popular in Hong Kong after actor Chow Yun-fat wore them in the 1986 crime film A Better Tomorrow (as well as two sequels).
    More Details Hide Details Delon reportedly wrote a letter thanking Chow for helping the sunglasses sell out in the region. The film's director John Woo has acknowledged Delon as one of his idols and wrote a short essay on Le Samourai as well as Le Cercle Rouge for the Criterion Collection DVD releases.
  • 1979
    Age 43
    In 1979 he made another attempt at Hollywood stardom, signing with agent Sue Mengers and starring in The Concorde...
    More Details Hide Details Airport '79 (1979). The film was not a big success. He was awarded the Best Actor César Award for his role in Bertrand Blier's Notre histoire (1984), and portrayed the aristocratic dandy Baron de Charlus in a film adaptation of Marcel Proust's novel Swann in Love in the same year. Then followed a string of box office failures in the late 1980s and 1990s. One notable film during this time was Jean-Luc Godard's Nouvelle Vague in 1990, in which Delon played twins.
    In 1979 he stated only a quarter of his business activities involve films:
    More Details Hide Details I have a helicopter business, build furniture, promote prize fights, and race horses... I star in two or three pictures a year in France. They make tremendous profits around the world. My pictures are the most popular in Russia. I am a superstar in Europe. I would like to be a star in America. In order to do so I would have to live and work in Hollywood. I can't do that. My Adel productions makes at least one film a year. I do everything from A to Z. I find a story, hire writers, choose a director, collect a cast, and then put it all together. I even handle the finances, distribution, and publicity. I refuse to accept the director who thinks himself a genius and tries to put his stamp on my films. It is my stamp that counts... I don't mean to sound egotistical. The simple truth is that I am an enormous star all over the world. I like that because it enables me to live well.
  • 1976
    Age 40
    In 1976, Delon starred in Monsieur Klein, which won him the César awards (French equivalent of Oscars).
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  • 1975
    Age 39
    He played the title character in the 1975 Italian-French film Zorro.
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  • 1973
    Age 37
    In 1973, he recorded with Dalida "Paroles, paroles", a popular French-language version of the Italian song "Parole parole".
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  • 1968
    Age 32
    In 1968, during the shooting of the film Jeff, he met French actress Mireille Darc with whom he started a 15-year relationship, lasting until 1982.
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  • 1967
    Age 31
    Delon filed for divorce in late 1967 but they continued to live under the same roof. The couple divorced on 14 February 1969.
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  • 1965
    Age 29
    By now Hollywood studios were very interested in Delon and he decided to make a bid for American stardom. He was quoted in 1965 as saying:
    More Details Hide Details I don't know whether I'll succeed or not. If I were to concentrate on working entirely here and flop it would be a disaster for me in Europe. Everything would dissolve and I would have nothing. My dream is to do one picture a year in America and one in Europe... America is the top, the last step. It's a kind of consecration... If you want to be an international star you must establish yourself in American pictures, because only they will get adequate world wide distribution. It takes only a year for an American star to become known throughout the world. But European actors consider it a big break to get their pictures shown in New York. Because of my accent I would not attempt to play Americans. I am working on removing the distinctly French inflections from my speech so that I can play all continental nationalities.
  • 1964
    Age 28
    On 13 August 1964, Delon married Nathalie Barthélemy.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Anthony Delon, was born in September.
    In 1964, the Cinémathèque Française held a showcase of Delon's films and Delon started a production company, Delbeau Production, with Georges Beaume.
    More Details Hide Details They produced a film called L’insoumis, which had to be re-edited because of legal issues.
  • 1963
    Age 27
    In December 1963, Schneider and Delon decided to break the engagement.
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  • 1962
    Age 26
    During their relationship, he had an affair with German actress, singer and model Nico. On 11 August 1962, Nico gave birth to a son, Christian Aaron "Ari", fathered by Delon.
    More Details Hide Details The child was raised mostly by Delon's parents.
  • 1961
    Age 25
    Delon made his stage debut in 1961 in the John Ford play Tis Pity She's a Whore alongside Romy Schneider in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details Visconti directed the production which broke box office records. Around this time Delon was mentioned as a possibility for the lead in Lawrence of Arabia. Peter O'Toole was cast instead, but then Delon was signed by Seven Arts to a four picture deal, including a big budget international movie of the Marco Polo story and The King of Paris, about Alexander Dumas. Neither project came to fruition; however Delon then appeared in a big hit at the French box office, co-starring with Jean Gabin in Any Number Can Win. His reputation was further enhanced when he worked with Visconti again for Il Gattopardo (The Leopard). Instead of a straight salary for Any Number Can Win, Delon accepted distribution rights for the film in various territories. This gave him a taste for producing, which he would develop later.
  • 1960
    Age 24
    Delon then made two films which ensured his international reputation. In 1960, he appeared in René Clément's Purple Noon, which was based on the Patricia Highsmith novel The Talented Mr. Ripley.
    More Details Hide Details He played protagonist Tom Ripley to critical acclaim; Highsmith herself was also a fan of his portrayal. He then appeared in Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers. Critic Bosley Crowther of the New York Times said Delon's work was "touchingly pliant and expressive." John Beaufort in the Christian Science Monitor said:
  • 1959
    Age 23
    On 20 March 1959, Delon was engaged to actress Romy Schneider, whom he met when they co-starred in the film Christine (1958).
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  • 1956
    Age 20
    In 1956, after being dishonorably discharged from the military, he returned to France.
    More Details Hide Details He had little money, and got by on whatever employment he could find. He spent time working as a waiter, a porter, a secretary and a sales assistant. During this time he became friends with the actress Brigitte Auber, and joined her on a trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where his film career would begin. At Cannes, Delon was seen by a talent scout for David O. Selznick. After a screen test Selznick offered him a contract, provided he learn English. Delon returned to Paris to study the language, but when he met French director Yves Allégret, he was convinced that he should stay in France to begin his career. Selznick allowed Delon to cancel his contract, and Allégret gave him his debut in the film Quand la femme s'en mêle (When the Woman Butts In).
  • 1953
    Age 17
    He enlisted in the French Navy three years later, and in 1953-54 he served as a fusilier marin in the First Indochina War.
    More Details Hide Details Delon has said that out of his four years of military service he spent 11 months in prison for being "undisciplined".
  • 1935
    Born on November 8, 1935.
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