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R.I.P. Jean-Paul Belmondo (1933 – 2021)

mct16
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#1 · Posted: 6 Sep 2021 23:19
The French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo has died at the age of 88.

Belmondo is probably best known in the English-speaking world for starring in Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 film "À bout de souffle" ("Breathless") which was one of the earliest and more influential examples of the French New Wave; but in France he was also known for his action films which included comedy-thrillers in which he did many of his own stunts in a way similar to Jackie Chan.

Tintinologists would know him for the 1964 film "L'Homme de Rio" ("That Man from Rio") which is said to have been inspired by Tintin, was a James Bond spoof and contributed to inspiring the Indiana Jones series.

The plot is certainly inspired by "Broken Ear": a statuette is stolen from a museum in Paris and the pursuit of the thieves leads to South America and the search for a treasure; but it includes many elements of its own that saves it from claims of plagiarism.

Here is an interesting review by James Travers of frenchfilms.org.

There are plenty of stunts, action and comedy. One scene I love is when Belmondo, who is getting frustrated by the never-ending chase, sarcastically mutters about driving to another city in a "pink car with green stars": next moment he IS driving a pink car with green stars - which has been stolen!
Bukowski
Member
#2 · Posted: 20 Nov 2021 05:07
The Man From Rio was not inspired by Tintin. It's a great film. Tintin is great. Superficial resemblance only. Thank you, people!
Balthazar
Moderator
#3 · Posted: 25 Nov 2021 21:58
Bukowski:
The Man From Rio was not inspired by Tintin.

The Man from Rio wasn't directly based on a Tintin book or on Tintin characters, and maybe this is what you're meaning. However, as mtc16 accurately mentions above, it certainly has been said to have been inspired by the Tintin books by reasonably authoritative sources on the matter – not least by the film's director and writer himself, Philippe de Broca, who I understand quite openly acknowledged this inspiration and influence when discussing his work. With the inspiration manifesting itself lightly in what is very much its own film with its own distinct characters and plot (including non-Tintinesque romantic elements) I don't think anyone's accused de Broca of veering towards plagiarism or anything negative like that, nor suggested that it's any kind of unofficial adaptation of a Tintin story – more that there's a discernible deliberate inspiration taken from the Tintin books in a good way, just as Hergé was inspired by all sorts of books and movies himself whilst being creatively original.

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