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

#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!

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