Jean-Louis Trintignant is dead: the great silence

The actor of A man and a woman, of Love and of the Great Silence was 91 years old.

We learn today, Friday June 17, the death of Jean-Louis Trintignant, “peacefully, old age”brilliant and essential actor, with a plethoric rich filmography of 130 titles (“that’s 100 too many”he told us recently with a smile). And God created the woman by Roger Vadim The Braggart by Dino Risi, The Battle on the Island by Alain Cavalier, A man and a woman by Claude Lelouch Z of Costa Gavras, My Night at Maud’s by Eric Rohmer, The Great Silence by Sergio Corbucci, The Conformist by Bertolucci, Without apparent mobile by Philippe Labro The Rabid Sheep by Michel Deville, The Good Pleasure by Francis Girod, Long live Sunday! by Francois Truffaut Watch the men fall by Jacques Audiard Love by Michael Haneke… His career not only draws the artistic rigor of an extraordinary actor, it also recounts seven decades of cinema – French, of course, but also Italian.

Born in 1930 in Polienc, near Uzès, Jean-Louis Trintignant had gone to Paris in the early 1950s, as they said at the time, to study at the IDHEC (Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques) in the hope to become a director. At the same time, he took acting lessons and made himself known to the general public thanks to the monster impact ofAnd God created the woman, in 1956, then to his highly publicized affair with his partner Brigitte Bardot, who will impose his image as a young first. An image that will take on even more importance ten years later thanks to the international triumph ofA man and a woman (Palme d’or at Cannes), but that he will also spend his career torpedoing, playing with his ambiguous, threatening charm, his smile that is by turns flirtatious and carnivorous, his willingly brittle, violent voice. In the 1960s and 1970s, through adventurous choices where he proved to be as comfortable with Rohmer as with Jacques Deray, he offered a kind of third way against the behemoths of the star system Delon and Belmondo. A bit like the Kinks, within English rock, were an alternative to the Stones and the Beatles. Trintignant embodied another idea of ​​seventies masculinity, more refined, more dandy and perhaps ultimately more dangerous and desirable.

Jean-Louis Trintignant (1930-2022): “I shot in 130 films, that’s at least a hundred too many”

Atypical director in his spare time (A full day in 1973, The lifeguard in 1979, two failures that have become cults), he was also a car racer, a driver cheating on death, and cultivated the image of a dilettante, detached actor, who regularly announced that he wanted to stop the cinema – the idea was already in his mind. head in the 70s, then nearly got carried away after Those who love me will take the train (by Patrice Chéreau, in 1998), after Love (for which he received a César in 2013), then again after happy endingstill from Haneke, before Claude Lelouch convinced him to bring a coda to the myth A man and a woman with The best years of a life in 2019… Her face was aging superbly and her voice never ceased to fascinate, over time it had become synonymous with a lesson in elegance. Nobody forgot his quote from Jacques Prévert during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival – “ What if we tried to be happy, if only to set an example? – said with the perfect mix of infinite tenderness and ironic detachment, which makes you laugh while breaking your heart.

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