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Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, a giant of French cinema, has died

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The actor was active in the film even after the age of 80

The famous face of the French film Jean-Louis Trintignant, who has acted in about 160 films over his 60-year career, said goodbye. He died at the age of 91 at his home in the Gard region of southern France.



The actor said goodbye on Friday, June 17, early in the morning, surrounded by his loved ones, his wife told the French news agency AFP Mariane Hoepfner Trintignant.

Just like his teammates Yves Montand, Alain Delon in Gerard Depardieu is also Trintignant created an impressive career marked by famous roles, in he also became famous outside the borders of his native France. Trintignants subtlebut also forceful depictions of his characters in his distinctive voice has left an indelible mark on European cinema.

A major breakthrough in 1956 was his role in a romantic drama And God created woman z Brigitte Bardot in directed by Roger Vadim. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with the greatest European directors in was still active after the age of 80.


Alongside Brigitte Bardot in a scene from the film And God Created a Woman.  Photo: IMDb

The childhood of Jean-Louis Trintignanta, born in 1930 in southeastern France, was marked by the experience of World War II. After the success of Vadim’s film, he was sent to Algeria during the war of independence as a conscript.

More film classics over two decadesIn 1966, a role in another film classic followed, as he starred in film Men in woman directed by Clauda Lelouchain which he portrayed a widower falling in love with a character Anouk Aimée. The film is also known for its themed music, which he signed Francis Laibut it was also a great success for French cinema in the USA.

The film received, among other things, a Palme d’Or, a Golden Globe in foreign language Oscar for Best Picture. Both main actors also appeared in sequels, also directed by Lelouch, in otherwise Men in female: 20 years later in in 1986 in The best years of life in 2019.

In the 60. in In the 1970s, almost no year passed without a major role for Trintignanta. Among other things, he starred in a drama in 1968 Roe deer directed by Clauda Chabrolain which he performed at Stephane Audran. She was an actress between 1954 in 1956 married s Trintignantombetween 1964 in 1980 and with Chabrol. In 1969, he starred in a New Wave drama My night at Maud’s (also known as My night with Maud), which he directed Eric Rohmer.

Also in 1969, he portrayed a judge investigating the assassination of Costa Gavrasov with an Oscar awarded film Z, and the role earned him the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. A year later, he starred in an equally political anti-fascist drama Bernardo Bertolucciaddressed Conformist. He is known to have appeared in the last films of two big names in European film. Thus, in 1983, he played a real estate agent suspected of murder in film Francois Truffaut She lived Sunday!and in 1994 he portrayed a retired judge in Three colors: red Krzysztof Kieslowski.

Important roles also in the new millenniumHe experienced great success again in 2012 with a role in a drama Love Michael Hanekein which z Emmanuelle Riva portrayed an elderly married couple. The film has won a number of important awards, including the Palme d’Or, Trintignant but he also received Caesar for best player. Five years later, he also appeared in Haneke’s next filmaddressed Happy ending.


Emmanuelle Riva, Michael Haneke and Jean-Louis Trintignant at the Cannes Film Festival.  Photo: Reuters

Jean-Louis Trintignant from a young age he nurtured a passion for racing cars, for which he was inspired by his uncles. In 2003, he was struck by a great personal tragedy as his daughter Mariewho was also an actress, was beaten to death by her partner, a musician Bertrand Cantat. Decades earlier, however, he was in the process of making a film Conformisthis ten-month-old daughter also died Pauline.

He was considered discreet, rather mysterious in an incomprehensible artist who did not crave the red carpet, prime time interviews or magazine covers, in he remained, so to speak, against his will until the end a great movie star.

Source: Rtvslo

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