Jean-Paul Belmondo will forever remain in the memory and in the films he starred in, declare fans and stars of French cinema. Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of the most recognizable European actors, died on Monday at the age of 88.
Jean-Paul Belmondo he passed away peacefully in his own home, told AFP’s lawyer Michel Godest on Monday.
One of the most famous French actors rose to fame with the role of Jean-Luc Godard in 1960’s “Breathless”. Some critics point out that it was with this role that he defined the French New Wave. In the mid-1960s, he decided to have an affair with the mainstream of cinematography.
Belmondo was mentioned on Monday by French President Emmanuel Macron. “He will always remain Great,” wrote Macron, referring to the title of the 1973 film by Philippe de Broka. The French leader called Belmondo a “national treasure”.
The Elysée Palace said on Thursday that France will pay tribute to the deceased actor with a state ceremony at the Palace of the Invalids in Paris.
Alain Delon on Jean-Paul Belmondo
– We created French cinema – the two of us, him and me. We are two icons of French cinematography and it is impossible to talk about one without the other. We are the same age, it will not be long before the same happens to me – said Alain Delon in an interview with the Europe 1 channel.
On Tuesday, the words of Quentin Tarantino from years ago became popular when an American filmmaker said that “Belmondo is not just a movie star name, it is a verb of vitality, charisma, willpower that signifies super splendor.”
“Jean-Paul Belmondo is gone and cinema will never be even partially so great again,” wrote British director and screenwriter Edgar Wright.
– He’s immortal. The magic of cinema is that you can always watch his (Belmondo – ed.) Films. For me, Jean-Paul Belmondo will always remain alive – said a fan of actor Bruno Fougeroux in an interview with the Reuters agency. – He is our Clint Eastwood, he is a great man – assessed the Parisian taxi driver Koffi Blimoli.
Jean-Paul Belmondo. One of France’s top-grossing actors
Jean-Paul Belmondo has played with great stars such as Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale and Sophia Loren, and has starred in the films of the best directors – Godard, Francois Truffaut, Jean Renoire, Claude Lelouch, Alain Resnais, Peter Brook or Francis Huster. In popular films, he was often accompanied by another great French star, Alain Delon. For many years, Belmondo, Delon and Jean-Louis de Funes were France’s highest-grossing actors. Was, among others awarded with the Golden Lion at the Venice Festival and the Honorary Golden Palm in Cannes for his entire film career.
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