the foreign press pays tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo

September 14, 2021 by archyde

The disappearance of the icon of French cinema has also aroused tributes far beyond the country’s borders. Among our German and Spanish neighbors or even in the United States, several newspapers have hailed the memory of “Bébel”.

Compared to Marlon Brando and James Dean, just that. The news of the disappearance of Jean-Paul Belmondo has spread throughout France and the world. On the other side of the Atlantic, it is the New York Times who greeted an actor “with unique and quirky characters, especially in ‘Breathless’ by Jean-Luc Godard”. the Washington Post evokes for its part a star “casual” who embodied the “nonchalant antihero” through his multiple roles in the cinema.

Closer to France, the British daily The Guardian paints the portrait and the course of the “face of the New wave” in the 60s. The actor even finds himself in the middle of the front page of the newspaper, good mouth and cigarette in the mouth.

“An icon of modernity”

“Farewell to ‘Bébel’”, writes The print. The Italian newspaper salutes the good humor of a man with “the face of a boxer and the smile of an angel” who “knew how to mix genres and styles”. With our Spanish neighbors, the stunt actor is also found on the front page of the daily El Pais.

“An icon of modernity that the New Wave took with it”, notes the Spanish newspaper, “Belmondo shot with great filmmakers like Godard, Truffaut and Chabrol”.

“Between the public and him, it’s life to death”

Icon. The term is also used by our Belgian evening colleagues for whom “Belmondo was French cinema all by itself”.

“Jean-Paul Belmondo was the reconciliation of auteur cinema and popular culture. He shot with the greatest. Between the public and him, it’s life to death”, we can read on the site of the Belgian daily.

“Star of the New Wave then cop or mobster of mainstream films, the actor had the route of a spoiled child of the cinema”, estimates Free, referring here to the last major role of the actor and which had earned him a Caesar.

A “tender thug” for the Swiss newspaper The weather which makes him enter “in the pantheon of the most sympathetic actors”. Press also pays homage to an actor “knowing how to do everything” and who “without taking himself too seriously”, could as well turn in action films as in the “most beautiful hours of the author’s cinema”. A chameleon actor carries the standard of French cinema, and even of France.

Hugues Garnier BFMTV reporter

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

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