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Jean-Louis Trintignant, the giant of French cinema, is dead

After a monumental career, French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant died at the age of 91.

Like many actors of his generation, Jean-Louis Trintignant did not really intend to become an actor. With a morbid shyness , the French actor first made a name for himself in the theater, which he discovered fearfully, but determined, after being fascinated by a performance by Charles Dublin in Molière's Miser.

After a few years spent on the boards chaining Shakespeare, Ionesco, or even George Bernard Shaw, the actor finally gives in, needing to fill his pockets, at the call of the cinema. Initially driven by a desire for achievement, it will therefore be in front of the cameras that Jean-Louis Trintignant will strive to deploy the breadth of his talent.

Career take-off alongside BB

His first real role will also be enough to launch his career. Seduced by his candor and his slender physique, Roger Vadim chose him, in 1956, to play Michel Tardieu, Brigitte Bardot's lover in the sulphurous And God… Created Woman. A romance that will also overflow the screen, and which could have forever attached to him the image of a clumsy seducer, if he had not rushed in the opposite direction.

Multifaceted actor, Trintignant multiplies the registers. After having embodied the studious Roberto Mariani under the direction of Dino Risi in the emblematic Italian comedy Le Fanfaron, the lustful Bernard in The Seven Deadly Sins by Jacques Démy, or even the aberrant Captain Serge in René Clément's Is Paris Burning? is finally Claude Lelouchwho will reveal him to the general public, and raise him to the fame he so dreaded.

To your tissues

In 1966, the actor gave the first time the reply to Annouk Aimée for the romantic fresco and bereaved, A man and a woman. The film is a melancholic triumph, and wins the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Barely three years later, Trintignant climbs the iconic red steps, then on the bill for Z by Costa Gavras, which will earn him, without too many surprises, the best actor award.

From Rohmer to Chabrol, from Bertolucci to Deville, the actor explores, interprets, upsets, before suddenly announcing , in 1998 turning away from film sets. Those who love me will take the train, by Patrice Chéreau, will be his last film before Trintignant returns to his first theatrical loves. There, he will notably give the reply to his daughter, Marie, in the play Comedy on a station platform, directed by Samuel Benchetrit.

The latter's sudden death in 2003, however, put an abrupt end to the merger of this father-daughter relationship, and the actor will sink into despair. In 2016, he explained to the JDD that he already felt dead since the death of his daughter: “I had small joys, surprises, but my life stopped that day”.

Brilliant testament to age-tested love

After several years of absence, briefly interspersed with appearances in the film Janis and John by Samuel Benchetrit, Trintignant is making a comeback to the cinema under the direction of Michael Haneke. On the poster for Amour, he delivered a shattering performance of vulnerability alongside Emmanuelle Riva. The Franco-Austro-German production, awarded the Palme d'or and multiple awards around the world,will also earn them each a Caesar.

Thereafter, Trintignant gets old, gets tired. In 2017, he announced that he was suffering from cancer. But that will not prevent him from reuniting with Haneke twice, once in 2017 on the documentary Michael Haneke: profession director, and a last time in 2019 on the drama Happy End<. /strong>.

Hats off, the artist

In 2021, Trintignant finished shooting his last feature film: The Most Beautiful Years of a Life, by Claude Lelouch, where he met Anouk Aimée. His performance, performed with the light gravity of a swan song, won critical and audience acclaim.

Deceased this Friday, June 17 at his home in the Gard, as his wife confided to AFP, Jean-Louis Trintignant therefore left us with elegance, at the age of 91, and went went to join the pantheon of sacred monsters of French interpretation.

Teilor Stone
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Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Bobr Times, Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my [email protected] 1-800-268-7116

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