While Jean-Paul Belmondo passed away yesterday at the age of 88, (re) discover 5 emblematic films of his illustrious career available on Netflix. From the New Wave to its greatest success in the 1980s.
While Jean-Paul Belmondo passed away this week at the age of 88, a look back at the career of this sacred monster, recently featured on Netflix. Among the many works of the actor available on the platform, we have selected five that every good moviegoer must have seen once in his life.
The Magnificent (1973)
Le Magnifique is a fast-paced comedy with an inventive screenplay, spiritedly mixing the exotic adventures of agent Bob Saint-Clare with the dismal reality experienced by its author François Merlin. One of the best Belmondo and one of the most beautiful jewels of popular French cinema of the 1970s, which we owe to entertainment pope Philippe de Broca. It’s hard to imagine that Francis Veber refused to be credited in the credits as a screenwriter.
Fear of the City (1975)
Urban thriller by Henri Verneuil, Peur sur la ville is an Inspector Harry made in France entirely built on Belmondo’s talents as a stuntman. Certain chase scenes have become legendary in action cinema, such as those where he wanders vertiginously on the roofs of Parisian buildings or of a working metro train. So many pieces of bravery impossible to shoot today in real conditions.
The Incorrigible (1975)
The Broca / Belmondo tandem, the one to which we owe The Man from Rio and The Magnificent, is reformed for this frenzied comedy, adapted from the novel Ah … buddy! by Alex Varoux and earthy dialogue by Michel Audiard. Bathed in an almost hysterical mythomania, the incorrigible Bébel multiplies tricks and incredible characters with a real communicative pleasure.
The Professional (1981)
By its surprising outcome, The Professional denotes somewhat and for the better in the filmography of our national Bébel. The latter still rolls as much mechanics, but in a darker and more realistic atmosphere than usual. And we will fully appreciate the spaghetti western note brought by the music of Ennio Morricone and the legendary duel with Robert Hossein.
L’As des aces (1982)
Despite a staging and an interpretation which are considerably dated, this great success of French popular cinema (more than 5 million admissions when it was released in theaters in 1982) signed Gérard Oury nonetheless remains a pleasant comedy of fast-paced adventure with good-natured humor. All boosted by the ease and panache of the ace Belmondo who does not fail as usual to shine in some masterful stunts including this memorable chase on the winding roads of Bavaria.
(Re) discover the trailer for “L’As des As” …