Actor Jean-Louis Trentinant dies

(Paris) A voice known to all, a magnetic presence tinged with melancholy: Jean-Louis Trentinant, who died Friday at the age of 91, led for half a century a colossal career in theater and cinema, from And God created the woman to me the love.

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He entered cinema history with a man and a woman Written by Claude Lelouch – Palme d’Or 1966 – Winner of the Interpretation Award at Cannes z by Costa Gavras in 1969 and César for the love (2012) by Michael Haneke.

Three peaks in his career.

This perfectionist was also an anxious and reserved man, and he admitted that he had suicidal temptations: “I confess that I have never been so cheerful.”

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Jean-Louis Trentinant and his ex-wife director Nadine Trentinant at the funeral of their daughter Marie in 2003.

This pessimism accompanies him long before the death of his daughter, Mary, with whom he had a strong relationship. She died in 2003 under the blows of her companion, singer Bertrand Cantat.

A few months ago, father and daughter were playing on stage as a couple lu poems Apollinaire.

This tragic death would not cease to haunt him: “I could have stopped my life at that moment.” Pushed by his relatives, he returned to the stage to find the “remedy” in poetry and theater. He told AFP that the councils were “his real job”. “We make movies out of a little vanity,” “to stop being shy.”

Connection with “BB”

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Jean-Louis Trentinant and Anouk Emmy at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival

Born on December 11, 1930 in Biolink in Vaucluse, the son of an industrialist grew up the hard way. A shy young man, he received comedy lessons from Charles Doolin in Paris.

It first appeared in 1951, in Mary Stewart By Schiller, and on screen in the format If all the men in the worldby Christian Jacques (1956).

He toured the same year alongside Brigitte Bardot (And God created the womanVadim). He talked a lot about his relationship with “BB”.

Upon returning from painful military service in Algeria, the actor left with dangerous relationships (Vadim). Seduces his nervous and sensitive game.

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Jean-Louis Trentinant and Emmanuel Riva in the movie the love by Michael Haneke

With his composition for lovers of romance in a man and a womanAlong with Anouk Aimée, he becomes the actor who tours more, such as Belmondo and Delon. In total, he will play in about 120 films …

He has a penchant for mysterious, impenetrable and annoying personalities. It’s just as at home in mainstream movies (Is Paris burning?Rene Clément) than in the foreground (the man who liesby Alan Robb Grill, won the Silver Bear for Best Actor in Berlin) or political, as z.

He also tours Italy, particularly in boaster by Dino Risi and matching by Bernardo Bertolucci.

Jean-Louis Trentinant directed two films himself, Full Day And the saviorwithout much success.

Big comeback in 2012

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Jean-Louis Trentinant and his daughter Marie in the room comedy on station platform in 2001

In the 1980s, this non-conformist refocused his career on the stage. This does not prevent him from taking on some big roles in cinema, in Watch the men fall where Three colors: redwhere he plays a former judge of few words.

After his daughter’s death, he walked away from filming locations for nearly ten years, before returning to power in 2012 in the love by Haneke, where he plays an octogenarian facing his wife’s slow torment, played by Emmanuel Riva.

Then he found Haneke for the role of an old suicidal bourgeoisie Happy endingat the Cannes competition in 2017, the year he gave a final presentation of readings of Prevert, Vien and Desnos’ poems in Paris, and then on tour.

Closing the episode, in 2019 Claude Lelouch and his partner Anouk Aimee met for The best years of lifenexta man and a woman After 53 years.

Married three times, he married actress Stephan Audran and then director Nadine Marquand (Trintignant) with whom he has three children, Marie, Pauline (she died as a child) and Vincent. Since their divorce, this motorsport enthusiast has shared the life of race driver Marianne Hopfner.

Jean-Louis Trentinant lived for thirty years near Uzès (Gard), not far from his beloved vineyards.

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