Cinema Alain Delon, France's most popular actor
2018-10-25 22:34:56 TV5MONDE

Alain Delon has marked the history of cinema in France. In the 60 years of his career he has made 92 films in France and abroad and received numerous awards. Read on to find out more about the most popular and most handsome actor in French cinema.


Alain Delon and daughter Anouchka ©Wikipedia


Promising beginnings


Born November 8, 1935 in Sceaux near Paris, Alain Delon spent his youth in the district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés after returning from military service. He came to the notice of Jean-Claude Brialy who invited him to the Cannes Film Festival even thoough he had no formal training as an actor. 

Everything then happens very quickly. David Selznick offers him a contract in the United States but Alain Delon prefers to shoot his first film with Yves Allégret in "Quand la femme s'en mêle". The actor plays a small role alongside Edwige Feuillère. He later declared: "I did not know how to do anything. Allégret looked at me and he said to me: "Listen to me, Alain, speak as you speak to me, look how you look at me, listen as you listen to me, do not play, live." It changed everything. If Yves Allégret had not said that to me, I would not have had this career"

From the 1950s Alain Delon plays opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo, still a young actor, or André Bourvil. He meets Romy Schneider on the set of Pierre Gaspard-Huit's movie Christine, her first major role. The "Fiancés of Europe" and they get married in 1959, on Lake Lugano in Schneider's parents house, under the fierce scrutiny of the press. The couple embody beauty, youth, success and become the show business couple du jour and adored by the public. For Delon, Romy Schneider will remain the great love of his life, an idyll that will last five years.



Alain Delon in Le Guépard


A long and successful career

After Christine, Delon has his first success in Faibles Femmes by Michel Boisrond, with Mylène Demongeot. In 1960, he became a star under the direction of René Clément with Plein Soleil, a film adapted from the novel Monsieur Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. This success was confirmed in 1961 in Rocco et ses frères by Luchino Visconti, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and confirmed Delon and Annie Girardot as stars. 

From that moment on, Alain Delon tirelessly stars in films with renowned directors including Henri Verneuil, Joseph Losey and René Clément. The only downside was his short career in Hollywood. He starred in three films that were failures, and he confides that this experience "Was like an internship: I improved my English, and saw how the Americans worked."

In 1964, the French actor married Nathalie Sand with whom he had his first child Anthony Delon. Becoming an actor like his father, he will appear in  Alliance rouge sang by Marc Angelo.

Three years later, Alain meets Mireille Darc, and a love story of 15 years begins with a lifetime friendship. He then has a short relationship with model Rosalie Van Breemen with whom he had two children.

Alain Delon stops his film career in 1999 after 40 years of films. He returns one more time in Bertrand Blier's Les Acteurs, which pays tribute to the actors of the 20th century. He had the opportunity to play one last time with Jean-Paul Belmondo, a rival but above all a "big friend of the cinema".



1964: Golden globe for best male role of the year
1977: First Cesar nomination for Best Actor in Monsieur Klein
1978: César nomination for best actor in Mort d'un pourri
1985: César for best actor in Notre histoire
1995: Golden Bear of Honour at Berlinale
2009: Brutus du cinéma: Best Cesar
2012: Nomination for best career role at the Gérard du cimema 
2012: Guest of Honour at the Chinese Cinema Festival in France



Top 10 Alain Delon films 

Le cercle rouge (1970) by Jean-Pierre Melville - Andre Bourvil
Monsieur Klein (1976) by Joseph Losey - Jeanne Moreau, Francine Bergé. César for best French film, best director, best sets. César  nominations for best actor, Palme d'or and Grand prix at Festival de Cannes
Plein soleil (1960) by René Clément
L'éclipse (1962) by Michelangelo Antonioni. Special Jury Prize at Festival de Cannes, nominated for the Palme d'or
Le clan des Siciliens (1969) by Henri Verneuil - Jean Gabin, Lino Ventura
Mélodie en sous-sol (1963) by Henri Verneuil - Jean Gabin, Claude cerval. Golden Globe for best Foreign-language film 
Deux hommes dans la ville (1973) by José Giovanni - Jean Gabin, Mimsy Farmer
Les aventuriers (1967) by Robert Enrico - Lino Ventura, Joanna Shimkus
La veuve Couderc (1971) by Pierre Granier-Deferre with Jean Tissier, Ottavia Piccolo, Pierre Collet
Le Samourai (1967) by Jean-Pierre Melville - François Périer, Nathalie Delon


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