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    Jean-Paul Belmondo

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    Belmondo rocks! I wish I had a better grasp of his work, so this is a great idea for a thread.

    My hands-down, top five are:

    Breathless
    Classe Tous Risques
    Le Doulos
    Pierrot Le Fou
    Mississippi Mermaid

    Two I really want to see - based on YouTube compilations that show him doing his own stunts - are:

    The Burglers
    Peur Sur La Ville aka The Night Caller / Fear Over The City

    Not sure how these hold up as complete movies though...

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    When I sober up, I'll contribute t this thread as a long-term Belmondo fan.

    But superb stuntwork in LE PROFESSIONEL and LE MARGINAL. PEUR SUR LA VILLE is bloomin' phenomenal. LE CASSE (THE BURGLAR) is a damned good film; an excellent adaptation of the David Goodis novel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul L View Post
    When I sober up, I'll contribute t this thread as a long-term Belmondo fan.

    But superb stuntwork in LE PROFESSIONEL and LE MARGINAL. PEUR SUR LA VILLE is bloomin' phenomenal. LE CASSE (THE BURGLAR) is a damned good film; an excellent adaptation of the David Goodis novel.
    I agree with my esteemed colleague here, and would like to ad Pierrot Le Fou, Borsalino and Breathless. But the ones mentioned by Paul are IMHO the best ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Silly Swede View Post
    Why the suddent Belmondo cravings?
    I've only recently seen his movies. We watched Breathless and two later movies that I don't know the names of that were recently released. He's ridiculously charming. We're going to look for more of his stuff this weekend.
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    LE MAGNIFIQUE is great from what I remember, but I haven’t seen it since the 80’s. Looks like there’s a R02 blu. PIERROT LE FOU is one of my top Godard films, and JPB is great in it.

    There’s a classic PDX store called Import Plaza that had a room with old, yellowing movie star posters like the classic W.C. Fields and Marx Bros. ones hanging on the wall, and there was a GREAT one of Belmondo with cigarette in mouth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Miller View Post
    ...and there was a GREAT one of Belmondo with cigarette in mouth!
    The man does seem to like to smoke.
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    Seriously though - Le Doulos and Classe Tous Risques. If you liked Breathless, there's a very strong chance you'll like these (a lot) - ridiculously cool French Noir. Mississippi Mermaid, on the other hand, will be very familiar to anyone who suffered through the Antonio Banderas / Angelina Jolie potboiler, Original Sin - only with Belmondo and Denueve (and Truffaut directing) it's a pretty decent watch.

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    Weekend At Dunkirk (1964) is worth a watch, I think.

    Two Women (1960) is a fine film. Belmondo in a supporting role.

    That Man From Rio (1964) and Up To His Ears (1965) are amusing.

    Stavisky... (1974). Belmondo in the title role. Pretty good.
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    [QUOTE=ChicGandil;1963

    Two I really want to see - based on YouTube compilations that show him doing his own stunts - are:

    The Burglers
    Peur Sur La Ville aka The Night Caller / Fear Over The City

    Not sure how these hold up as complete movies though...[/QUOTE]


    I enjoyed the above films. They are both directed by Henri Verneuil, who directed Belmondo in six (or so) movies over twenty plus years. I liked The Burglars a bit more, perhaps because of Nicole Calfan and her wonderful gap toothed smile. Omar Sharif is very good in this. No Doctor Zhivago* here.

    * That's not to say I don't like Omar Sharif as Doctor Zhivago. Just to say Sharif's character has a somewhat different attitude here.
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