Jean-Paul Belmondo
French actor
Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo is a French actor initially associated with the New Wave of the 1960s.
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Jean-Paul Belmondo's personal information overview.
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Venice honours French cinema great Belmondo
Yahoo News - 6 months
French cinema legend Jean-Paul Belmondo's glittering career was recognised with an honorary Golden Lion at the Venice film festival on Thursday. Among the memories he touched on were being asked to star alongside the young Sofia Loren in Vittorio De Sica's 1960 film "La Ciociara" ("Two Women"), which helped make him a star in Italy. "Then I played opposite Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale and that is why I have always loved Italian cinema," he joked.
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Pierrot Le Fou
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Jean-Luc Godard had a fixation on the iconography of Hollywood and in particular the American gangster movie that was reflected in his first outing Breathless (1960), the movie which made him famous. However, the only difference between Godard's gangsters and those he pays homage to rests in the aim of their activities. If possession is nine tenths of the law then Godard's outlaws are interested in dispossession. In Pierrot Le Fou (l965), which was revived recently at Film Forum, his characters Marianne (Anna Karina) and Ferdinand aka Pierrot (Jean-Paul Belmondo) embark on a crime spree that's a repudiation of materialism. They're Bonnie and Clyde conceived of as mini Raskolnikovs, philosophical nihilists who would be at home in the pages of a Dostoevsky novel. The world they flee is one in which Parisians talk to each other in advertising slogans (even Pierrot tells the attendant in a gas station to "put a tiger in my tank"). But Godard employs a dialectics that uses juxtaposition to ...
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'Beggar to stars' writes bestseller but is still down and out in Paris
Yahoo News - about 1 year
A homeless man who begs on one of Paris' swishest avenues has become an unlikely celebrity after writing a bestselling book about his life on the streets. The actor Jean-Paul Belmondo once gave him 10 euros ($11), and France's most famous chat show host, Michel Drucker, always tossed him a coin.
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Mais oui: 'Man From Rio' is stylish, Bond-esque
USA Today - over 2 years
The 1964 Jean-Paul Belmondo movie is returning to theaters this fall.          
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Georges Lautner Dies at 87; Prolific French Film Director
NYTimes - over 3 years
Mr. Lautner made over 40 films starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon and others, and specialized in comedy and crime.     
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Georges Lautner Dead: French Director Dies At 87
Huffington Post - over 3 years
PARIS (AP) — Director Georges Lautner, whose films from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are part of the French canon and still adored, has died. He was 87. The cause of death was not announced. Of the dozens of films he made, "Les Tontons Flingeurs," which appeared as "Monsieur Gangster" for Anglophone audiences, was perhaps the most beloved. His films were often hilarious and wildly popular; lines from several have entered the popular imagination and quoted almost as if proverbs. His movies are still frequently screened on French television. Lautner is credited with guiding a generation of actors, including Jean-Paul Belmondo. On Saturday, President Francois Hollande lamented Lautner's passing a day earlier, noting that his movies were "great popular comedies that became cult films of our cinematic heritage."
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Vicky Tiel: The Sexual Revolution Started in the Late Fifties in Paris with Two Movies and Two Big Movie Stars
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The sexual revolution started in the late fifties in Paris with two movies and two big movie stars: Brigitte Bardot in And God Created a Woman in 1956 and Jean Paul Belmondo in Breathless in 1959. Brigitte had real sex (to completion) on camera with her co star and later lover, Jean Louis Trintignant, while her husband Roger Vadim directed the scene. Free love was born. The Queen of the Sexual Revolution was Brigitte and women everywhere copied her hair, her makeup and her first bikini that she barely wore at Cannes and the hot pants she wore with boots on the streets of Paris. Jean Paul Belmondo had casual sex with nice girl, an American in Paris, Jean Seberg and at last America's puritanical image ETAIT FINI ! Earlier in America, Jane Russell had showed her bra-less big breasts in The Outlaw and Marilyn Monroe had brought naive sexuality to the screen in How to Marry a Millionaire and Some like it Hot both stars breaking grounds in Hollywood but it ...
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Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough: The Trouble With Learning French
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The words that one learns passively in a given language (that is to say, out on the street or simply through repeated and unsought auditory repetition) are often reflective of deeper cultural values and attitudes. In France, more often than not, this attitude is pessimism. The first several times that "deçu" ("disappointed") came up in conversation, multiple people told me that it would be a "very important word to know." Similarly, the words for annoyance, boredom, depression and unemployment were impressed upon me with equal urgency on the part of the French, and with little to no inquiry on my part. Another vital one was "malheureusement" (translation "unfortunately"). It may sound like a big word, but I was quite familiar with it after only a few days of being in Paris. Though at the time, I still may not have been able to properly order the type of coffee I wanted or explain to someone that I hadn't taken French classes since high school, I was more than capable of ...
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Wake Up, Crystal Lake - April 9 (Happy Birthday, WC Fields)
Crystal Lake Patch - almost 5 years
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Blu-ray Review: Leon Morin, Priest (Criterion Collection) - Inside Pulse
Google News - over 5 years
Her problem is that she underestimated said priest, Leon Morin (Jean-Paul Belmondo), and that he is more than ready to go to war with her philosophically. Their relationship that develops comes to define the core of the film and their debates based
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Ken Loach interview - Financial Times
Google News - over 5 years
“Their fascination with Jean-Paul Belmondo didn't interest me one bit, but technically there were interesting things about the French New Wave. But the biggest influences were things like World in Action, the current affairs documentary
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Brazilian racing hero canonized in 'Senna' - North Bay Bohemian
Google News - over 5 years
From a privileged Sao Paulo background, he was as handsome as a movie star, a cross between Jean-Paul Belmondo and Billy Crudup. He also tended to waste a lot of good Moet by using it as shampoo. Senna drove female interviewers to hard-to-watch levels
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Bitter Public Rift Ended New Wave Tango for Godard, Truffaut: Peter Rainer - Bloomberg
Google News - over 5 years
Godard's “Breathless” (1960), from an idea supplied by Truffaut, featured Jean-Paul Belmondo as a murderous rogue. Leaud was central to the evolving careers of both directors. In the documentary we see a rare clip of his screen test for “The 400 Blows”
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DVDs: The Best High School Movies of All Time - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Jean-Paul Belmondo is the seriously attractive priest in a small town in Nazi-occupied France. His confessional is bursting at the seams with local women who want some quality time, none more so than Emmanuelle Riva, a widow who doesn't even really
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Gems found among August video releases - San Antonio Express
Google News - over 5 years
While Nazis occupy a French town, a woman becomes fascinated by the priest (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and cannot separate her religious awakening from her desire. Criterion's package of Jean-Pierre Melville's “Leon Morin, Priest†misleadingly calls it
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Recent Obsessions: 5 Second Films, Trinculo and Stephano, and "Leon Morin, Priest" - Capital Times
Google News - over 5 years
Most fans of French cinema are used to seeing Jean-Paul Belmondo as a classic ladies' man, whether he's the amoral, amorous scoundrel of Jean-Luc Godard's “Breathless” or the elegant hero of “That Man From Rio.” So it's a bit of a shock to see Belmondo
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Blu-ray Roundup: The Criterion Collection's LÉON MORIN, PRIEST - CultureMob (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Yet the film, a record of the increasingly complex relationship between a sexually/spiritually frustrated widow (Emmanuelle Riva) and her seductive priest (Jean-Paul Belmondo) feels unfinished in a way that the best works of the New Wave never did
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jean-Paul Belmondo
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 74
    In 2008, Belmondo and Tardivel divorced.
    More Details Hide Details The book "Youth in Revolt" by author C.D. Payne and its sequels refer to Belmondo several times and at one point feature the main character going to Mexico and getting plastic surgery in order to resemble Belmondo.
  • 2003
    Age 69
    On 13 August 2003, his fourth child, Stella Eva Angelina, was born.
    More Details Hide Details He was 70 at the time.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1991
    Age 57
    He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur, promoted Officier (Officer) in 1991 and promoted Commandeur (Commander) in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010 the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards gave him a Career Achievement award. Belmondo attended the ceremony and made appearances in the Los Angeles area.
  • 1990
    Age 56
    In 1990 he played the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac on the stage in Paris, another highly successful production.
    More Details Hide Details Belmondo claimed there were "several reasons" why he made less films in the 1980s. "I'm now a producer so it takes time to organise things," he said. "But it's also difficult to find good screenplays in France. We have serious writing problems here. And I'd prefer to do theater for a long time than take on a mediocre film." For Claude Lelouch he starred in and co produced Itinerary of a Spoiled Child (1988). He had a small role in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) then the lead in Lelouch's version of Les Misérables (1995). Désiré (1996) was a comedy; Une chance sur deux (1998) reunited him with Alain Delon; Peut-être (1999) was a science fiction comedy. He suffered a stroke in 2001 and had since been absent from the stage and the screen until 2009 when he appeared in Un homme et son chien (A man and his dog).
  • 1989
    Age 55
    In 1989, Belmondo met Nathalie Tardivel, who was 24 at the time; they officially married in 2002.
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  • 1987
    Age 53
    In 1987 he returned to the theatre after a 26 year absence in a production of Kean, adapted by Jean Paul Satre from the novel by Alexander Dumas. "I did theater for ten years before going into movies and every year I planned to go back," he recalled. "I returned before I became an old man."
    More Details Hide Details Kean was a hit, running for a year.
  • 1986
    Age 52
    He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre national du Mérite, promoted Officier (Officer) in 1986 and promoted Commandeur (Commander) in 1994.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1965
    Age 31
    He had relationships with Ursula Andress from 1965 to 1972, and Laura Antonelli between 1972 and 1980.
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  • 1964
    Age 30
    Belmondo dominated the French box office for 1964 - That Man from Rio was the fourth most popular movie in the country, Greed in the Sun was seventh, Weekend at Dunkirk ninth and Backfire 19th.
    More Details Hide Details Crime on a Summer Morning (1965) was less successful, though it still performed well on the strength of Belmondo's name. Up to His Ears (1965) was an attempt to repeat the popularity of That Man Rio, from the same director, but did less well. There were Hollywood offers, but Belmondo turned them down. "He won't make films outside of France," said director Mark Robson, who wanted him for The Lost Command (1966). "He has scripts stacked up and he doesn't see why he should jeopardize his great success by speaking English instead of French." Belmondo was reunited with Godard for Pierrot le Fou (1965) then made a comedy, Tender Scoundrel (1966). He had small roles in two predominantly English speaking films, Is Paris Burning? (1966) and Casino Royale (1967). After making The Thief of Paris (1967) for Louis Malle, Belmondo took a year and a half off. "One day it seemed that life was passing me by," he said. "I didn't want to work. So I stopped. Then one day I felt like starting again. So I started."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 19
    Belmondo's acting career properly began in 1953, with two performances at Theatre de'Atelier in Paris, Jean Anouilh's Medee and Georges Neveux's Zamore.
    More Details Hide Details Belmondo began touring the provinces with friends including Annie Girardot and Guy Bedos. Belmondo first appeared in the short Moliere (1956). His first film role was a scene with Jean-Pierre Cassel in On Foot, on Horse, and on Wheels (1957), which was cut from the final film; however he had a bigger part in the follow up A Dog, a Mouse and a Sputnik (1958). Belmondo had a small role in the comedy Be Beautiful But Shut Up (1958) (alongside a young Alain Delon), followed by a role as a gangster in Young Sinners (1958), directed by Marcel Carne. Jean Luc Godard directed him in a short, Charlotte and Her Boyfriend (1958), where Belmondo's voice was dubbed by Goddard. He supported Bourvil and Arletty in Sunday Encounter (1958). Belmondo's first lead role was in Les copains du dimanche (1958).
  • 1952
    Age 18
    From 1952 to 1967, Belmondo was married to Élodie Constantin, with whom he had three children: Patricia (1954–1994), who was killed in a fire, Florence (born 1958) and Paul (born 1963).
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  • 1949
    Age 15
    He won three straight first round knockout victories from 1949 to 1950. "I stopped when the face I saw in the mirror begin to change," he later said.
    More Details Hide Details As part of his compulsory military service, he served in Algeria as a private for six months. Belmondo was interested in acting. His last teenage years were spent at a private drama school and he began performing comedy sketches in the provinces. He studied under Raymond Giraud then when to the Conservatoire of Dramatic Arts when he was twenty. He studied there for three years. He would likely have won the prize for best actor but participated in a sketch mocking the school, which offended the jury; this resulted in him only getting an honourable mention, "which nearly set off a riot among his incensed fellow students" in August 1956 according to one report. The incident did make front page news.
    Belmondo made his amateur boxing debut on 10 May 1949 in Paris, France, when he knocked out Rene DesMarais in one round.
    More Details Hide Details Belmondo's boxing career was undefeated, but brief.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1933
    Born
    Born on April 9, 1933.
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