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Jean-Louis Trintignant: the ten films to review

From “A man and a woman” to “Love”, the actor, who died on June 17, left his mark on French cinema, made of charm, melancholy and mystery. I subscribe for 1€ the 1st month

His very special voice, with a melodious timbre like a cello note, and his indefinable charm made Jean-Louis Trintignant a special actor in French cinema. Mysterious, melancholic, seductive. “I admit that I have never been very cheerful”, confessed this great silencer who, towards the end of his life, nourished himself with poetry. His career was rich, diverse, from auteur cinema to mainstream cinema, with, as it should be, ups and downs, but always the same artistic requirement. Facing the stars Belmondo and Delon, he imposed his difference, his taste for crossroads and toured with the greatest directors, Costa-Gavras, Claude Lelouch, Éric Rohmer, Michael Haneke, Claude Chabrol, Bernardo Bertolucci, René Clément, Ettore Scola , François Truffaut, Bertrand Blier, Philippe Labro, Jacques Audiard.

Featured in more than 120 films, here are our ten must-sees.

And God Created Woman, by Roger Vadim (1956)

One of his first films. And a scandal that revealed to the world the sensual beauty of Brigitte Bardot, alias Juliette, a not shy orphan who thinks only of having fun and capsizes the hearts of Curd Jurgens and Christian Marquand. She ends up marrying Antoine, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant, with whom she has an affair in real life. The idleness of Saint-Tropez lends itself to this. The Vadim/Bardot couple will explode in flight, just like that of Trintignant/Stéphane Audran. Not resentful, Vadim will engage him in Dangerous Liaisons, in 1960.

The Braggart of Dino Risi (1962)

In Rome, on August 15, Bruno (Vittorio Gassman), a boastful lover of cars and pretty women, meets Roberto (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a young law student. Sounding the horn, they set off on the roads for an unusual journey, sometimes cruel and absurd. In this deceptively light Italian comedy, the slightly uptight Trintignant and the extrovert Gassman form an unforgettable duo.

A Man and a Woman, by Claude Lelouch (1966)

We no longer tell this meeting between two widowers, an inconsolable script-girl (Anouk Aimée) and a car racer (Jean-Louis Trintignant). Claude Lelouch's virtuoso camera, a tumultuous couple, the speeding road, the Deauville beach, the Ford Mustang coupé GT 65, the unforgettable chabadabada by Francis Lai, a Palme d'Or at Cannes and an Oscar: it does not take more to become famous the space of a film. Trintignant the seducer makes hearts capsize.

Z, de Costa-Gavras (1969)

First political film by Costa-Gavras which denounces the dictatorship of the colonels through the assassination of the Greek deputy Grigóris Lambrákis in Thessaloniki, in May 1963. With a 5-star cast (Yves Montand, Irène Papas, Pierre Dux, François Périer, Jacques Perrin, Marcel Bozzuffi), it is a thriller where we follow the investigation led by a courageous investigating judge, played with great intensity by Jean-Louis Trintignant, his gaze hidden behind glasses with smoked lenses . Something to impress the jurors of the Cannes Film Festival who give him the interpretation prize.

My Night at Maud's, by Éric Rohmer (1970)

Jean-Louis Trintignant and Françoise Fabien indulge in the game of secrets and seduction in front of the austere camera of Éric Rohmer who signs in black and white his fourth “Conte moral”. A night at Maud's where it is a question of love, desire, bad conscience, religion, Don Juanism, Pascal. A great classic that earned Trintignant critical recognition and established him as an actor with multiple registers.

The Conformist, by Bernardo Bertolucci (1970)

A film with an icy aesthetic, adapted from the novel by Alberto Moravia. At the time, Jean-Louis Trintignant considered his role as the fascist Marcello Clerici the finest of his career. His character is, indeed, frighteningly cold, determined in his desire to be the norm, indifferent to the banality of evil, to his relatives, Dominique Sanda and Stefania Sandrelli. In the Italy of the 1930s, he falls into the deadly ideology of Mussolini, through cowardice and conformity, which will lead him to murder.

The Train, by Pierre Granier-Deferre (1973)

Another beautiful meeting, that of Trintignant with Romy Schneider in this drama which takes place during the Occupation, in a train where Julien meets Anna, a young German woman of Jewish origin. After Le Chat and La Veuve Couderc, Pierre Granier-Deferre again adapts Simenon with great accuracy and focuses on this improbable couple. Trintignant imposes its human depth, its seriousness and Romy Schneider its beauty and mystery.

Vivement dimanche, by François Truffaut (1983)

In this comedy A policewoman who does not lack fantasy, he plays a real estate agent unjustly accused of murder and excels in the ambiguous role of the false culprit opposite the voluble and whimsical Fanny Ardant. Both make an ideal couple. In a very beautiful black and white and a very Hitchcockian atmosphere, François Truffaut signs his last film there and dies shortly after, on October 21, 1984.

Love, by Michael Haneke (2012)

Trintignant had decided to give up cinema to devote himself to theatre, but after watching Caché by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, he agreed to shoot alongside Emmanuelle Riva this behind-closed-doors drama about illness, old age and death. . A rare film; powerful, cruel, hailed by unanimous critics and awarded the Palme d'or at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, the César for best film and the Oscar for best foreign film. Jean-Louis Trintignant bids a tentative farewell with a masterpiece.

The Most Beautiful Years of a Life, by Claude Lelouch (2019)

In this third installment of the series A Man and a Woman (after the 1966 original and A Man a Woman: Twenty Years afterwards, in 1986), Claude Lelouch signs a moving love letter to his favorite couple, Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant. He imagines their reunion in a retirement home in Varengeville-sur-Mer. Nostalgic sequence on one of the most beautiful love stories of French cinema and the penultimate appearance of Jean-Louis Trintignant, also present in the next documentary film by Claude Lelouch, Tourner pour vivre, soon in theaters.

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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