Themed Cycles

Belmondo le magnifique

Hommage à Jean-Paul Belmondo (1933-2021)

4 films

Jean-Paul Belmondo nous a quitté le 6 septembre 2021. Monstre sacré du cinéma français, connu pour sa gouaille parisienne, son naturel et ses cascades sans doublure, Belmondo a tourné sous la direction des plus grands réalisateurs français. Acteur populaire mais également acteur de films d'art et d'essai, il a tourné quelques 80 films, dont certains devenus des classiques du cinéma, de la comédie aux films d'aventure en passant par le film noir, le polar et le drame. Nous lui rendons ici hommage avec 4 films de ses débuts de carrière dans les années soixante, réalisés par Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Luc Godard, et Philippe de Broca, où il révèle son talent de comédien.

Belmondo le magnifique
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  • Adventure, Comedy, Classics, Young audience
  • 1963
  • Brazil, France
  • 1h52

That Man from Rio

by Philippe De Broca

Swarthy thieves ignore jewels to steal an Amazon figurine from the Museum of Man in Paris' Trocadero Palace and kidnap the world's authority on the lost Maltec civilization. Cut to Agnes, the daughter of a murdered man who possessed one of two other such figurines. Moments after her sweetheart, Adrien, an Army private with a week's leave, arrives in Paris to see her, Agnes too is kidnapped, drugged, and loaded on a plane to Rio. Adrien is in hot pursuit, and before he can rescue her (with the help of a shoeshine boy), foil the murderous thieves, and solve the riddle of the Maltecs, he must traverse Rio, Brasília, and the Amazon heartland... all before the end of his week's leave.

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  • Thriller, Literary adaptation, Classics
  • 1961
  • France
  • 1h50

Doulos: The Finger Man

by Jean-Pierre Melville

Le Doulos begins by introducing us to Maurice, an ex-con, just released from prison after serving a six-year sentence. He then murders his friend, Gilbert, and steals the jewels he had been hiding, products of a recent heist. Shortly afterwards, Maurice plans a heist of a rich man’s estate and shares his plan with Silien, who is rumored to be a police informant. Silien is later picked up and questioned by the police. The film unfolds from there, incorporating a number of plot twists revealed through Melville’s traditionally styled hard-boiled dialogue and picturesque visuals.

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  • Drama, Literary adaptation, Classics
  • 1965
  • France
  • 1h52

Pierrot le fou

by Jean-Luc Godard

Ferdinand Griffon is unhappily married and has been recently fired from his job at a TV broadcasting company. After attending a mindless party full of shallow discussions in Paris, he feels a need to escape and decides to run away with his baby-sitter, an ex-girlfriend, Marianne Renoir, leaving his wife and children and bourgeois lifestyle. Following Marianne into her apartment and finding a corpse, Ferdinand soon discovers that Marianne is being chased by Algerian gangsters, two of whom they barely escape.

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  • Literary adaptation, Drama, Classics
  • 1961
  • France
  • 2h10

Léon Morin, Priest

by Jean-Pierre Melville

In a small French town during the Occupation, Barny (Riva)is a young, wayward, sexually frustrated widow, living with her little girl. She is also a communist militant who long ago decided that the easiest way was the best. One day she enters a church, randomly chooses a priest (Belmondo) to confess to and, while in confessional, attempts to provoke him by criticizing Catholicism. Instead of being affronted, the priest engages her in an intellectual discussion regarding religion. The priest is Leon Morin, young, handsome, smart and altruistic. He invites Barny to continue the conversation outside of confessional. She begins regularly seeing him and is impressed by his moral strength, while he makes it his mission to steer her onto the right path.

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