Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of the most recognized faces of the Nouvelle Vague of French cinema, died, this Monday, September 6, at the age of 88, announced the actor’s lawyer through the French news agency AFP (via Le Monde). The actor worked with important filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and Claude chabrol.
Born on April 9, 1933, Jean-Paul Belmondo grew up in a family of artists, as his father was the sculptor Paul Belmondo. From an early age, the histrion was fond of football and boxing, the latter sport earned him an imposing bearing and a fractured nose, which, beyond closing the doors in acting, gave him a peculiar appearance that he knew how to take advantage of in screen.
Jean-Paul Belmondo studied drama at theConservatoire National Superieur d’Art Dramatique (CNSAD). After participating in several plays, he debuted in the short film Molière (1957) and later in the film On foot, on horseback and by car (À pied, à cheval et en voiture) (1957). However, he managed to rise to fame thanks to his leading role in the filmBreathless (À bout de souffle) (1960), a classic of French cinema, directed by Jean-Luc Godard and where he shared credits with Jean Seberg. With Jean-Luc Godard he also shot the short filmCharlotte et son Jules, At the end of the getawayandPierrot, the madman.
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Later his career would be built from the action and comedy genres. Among some of its peculiarities we find that the actor was fascinated by performing his action scenes and that he even rejected theCésar Award for Best Actorfor the movie The Empire of the Lion (1988). It was in 2007 when Belmondo was awarded theLegion of Honor in the rank of commander. Likewise, he was able to boast of an interesting friendship with Alain Delon, which started in the movie A dangerous blonde(1958).
Among his other important films are Full of risk,by Claude Sautet; Moderate cantabile,by Peter Brook; Two women,by Vittorio de Sica, with Sophia Loren; The street of vice and The Mississippi Mermaidby François Truffaut.
His last participation on screen we could enjoy in 2009 with the short film Allons-y! Alonzo!by Camille Moulin-Dupré.
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