a novel“Trintignant, a complex actor” (1/6). In the early sixties, the 30-year-old, who had already acted in about fifteen films, dragged his own lack of self-confidence. It is by chance that he replaces young Jacques Perrin in “Le Vanfaron,” Dino Rize’s Italian masterpiece, at the last minute.
On August 12, 1962, Italian director Dino Rizzi drives Jean-Louis Trintignan to disaster from Paris to Rome, as the emergency doctor is called, in order to play one of the film’s two main roles. swagger. When he got on the plane, the French actor was 31 years old and he’s almost nobody. But in the afternoon, on the land of the Italian capital, he told himself that he could become a person. However, he has already shot fifteen films in seven years, including And God created the woman (1956) with Bardot. his problem? its length. It is 1.72 meters long. He is convinced she is disabled. tell him. But for the first time, it became an asset.
He did not imagine for a moment that this masterpiece (released in France in June 1963), in which he was not supposed to play, would have pushed him into another dimension. Towards an exceptional career. Upon his death, on June 17, 2022, at the age of 91, the tribute prominently quoted his interpretation in the film Dino Risi. Before he revived a career that spanned more than sixty-five years, with no less than one hundred and twenty-two films and about forty plays or poetry readings. What is particularly noticeable is the almost unique intensity of his roles, even the love, the 2012 film directed by Michael Haneke, which he shot aged over 80 and triumphant at the Cannes Film Festival. In his generation, born in the first half of the thirties, there are Delon, Belmondo and he.
Trintignant is very far from all this when, about August 15, 1962, he finds himself in Rome empty of its inhabitants, in a suspended time, a kind of truce between two battles. And Dino Reese does not know that his swaggerwith nearly six million admissions in Italy, made him the master of Italian comedy.
The director wants to shoot in the summer, when Italy is just a place where anything is possible. Even when the scenario isn’t obvious at first glance: a ostentatious and flirtatious professional planner named Bruno Cortona, who lives on his own devices, embarks on his convertible into a stranger by the name of Roberto Mariani, a law student, shy and secretive lover of a neighbor for a drink in Livorno, five hours from Rome. Risi has long found his own Cortona, in the person of Vittorio Gassman, an actor with whom he shares the same exuberant personality and the same clear flair for women.
For Mariani, it’s a different story. French Rési hired Jacques Perrin (1941-2022). Weird, French, Italian character through and through. But at that time, joint productions between the two countries intensified. Hence, who knows why, Italian directors tend to believe that good actors can only be French. Since the beginning of the 1960s, the Roman studios of Cinecitta have seen the landing of Alain Delon Rocco and his brothers (1960), by Luchino Visconti, and Jean-Paul Belmondo in fiacia (1961), by Mauro Bolognini, and La Siociara (1960), by Vittorio de Sica, but also by Gerard Blaine, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jacques Charrier, Jean Sorel, Laurent Terzieff…
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