Recall five exceptional films with Jean-Paul Belmond.
At the End of the Breath (1960)
The debut of the quirky formal experimenter Jean-Luc Godard belongs to the jewels of the French New Wave and is considered a synonym for film modernity.
Jean-Paul Belmondo, then 26 years old and still relatively unknown to the audience, played the main character Michel Poiccard in the film, who murders a police officer and is on the run.
The charming, self-satisfied and anarchist gangster, according to Belmond, became a kind of prototype of a “sympathetic villain”, a type of character that he changed many times later in his career.
He added loose-colored relaxation to the character, a pinch of provocativeness and humor.
Jean-Paul Belmond and director Jean-Luc Godard made the film famous for the night and made Belmond an actor star permanently.
Fear of the City (1975)
In the film Fear of the City, Belmondo played the role of a seductive and charming but relentless Commissioner Le Tellier, who goes after the neck of a young French killer.
As he was used to for most of his career, Belmondo did not allow himself to be represented by stuntmen during filming, and he decided to shoot demanding scenes himself. And it almost became fatal for him.