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Movies with Jean-Paul Belmondo is a sure cure for boredom, a means of obtaining positive emotions and portions of good mood for several generations. His characters – cheerful, frivolous, bold, seductive – role models or vice versa, giving an example of how not to do. But thanks to Belmondo’s human charisma and acting talent, they have always been vibrant and multifaceted.

In 2013, the actor celebrated his 80th birthday, and by this time he had starred in more than a hundred films. Cinewest offers a list of twenty of the best films in Jean-Paul Belmondo’s cinema.

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“In the last breath”, 1959
a bout de souffle

“In the last breath” (À bout de souffle)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Jean Seeberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Yue, Roger Anin, Van Doude, Claude Mansard, Lillian David, Michelle Fabre and others.

The full-length debut of Jean-Luc Godard went down in history, becoming a classic of the French New Wave. The history of the cynical, careless and charming luxury car thief has not only opened the world to the young director who received the Silver Bear in Berlin. The film reinforced the audience’s love for Belmondo, who finally gained the status of a popular sex symbol.

The Cartouche, 1961
Cartouche

Cartouche
Director: Philippe de Broca
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Jess Khan, Marcel Dalio, Jean Rochefort, Philippe Lemaire, Noelle Rockover, Odile Versailles, etc.

The fifties and sixties in European cinema were marked by the shooting of adventure historical paintings, the heroes of which were the brave knights of the cloak and sword. Belmondo also fit in perfectly with this trend, starring in the super-popular Cartouche by the French comedian Philippe de Brock along with Italian movie star Claudia Cardinale.

The Man from Rio, 1963
Movies with Jean-Paul Belmondo Rio Man

The Man from Rio (L’homme de Rio)
Director: Philippe de Broca
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Francoise Dorleac, Jean Serve, Roger Dumas, Daniel Seccaldi, Milton Ribeiro, Ubirasi De Oliveira, Sabu do Brazil and others.

The next adventure picture of Philippe de Brock united on the set of Belmondo and Francoise Dorleac. This film became a landmark for both actors and even claimed the Oscar in the nomination “Best Original Screenplay” in 1965.

“One Hundred Thousand Dollars in the Sun”, 1964
Films with Jean-Paul Belmondo one hundred thousand dollars in the sun

“One Hundred Thousand Dollars in the Sun” (Cent mille dollars au soleil)
Director: Henri Verneuil
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Lino Ventura, Reginald Kernan, Bernard Blieu, Andrea Parisi, Geert Fröbe, Ann-Marie Coffine, Dudu Babet and others.

Chases, pursuits, the withering sun of North Africa, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Lino Ventura and the black-and-white video sequence brought the film a nomination for the Golden Palm Branch, but the film never received wide international popularity. Belmondo appeared before the audience in his usual image, in a cowboy hat and with weapons.

“Hunt for a man”, 1964
Movies with Jean-Paul Belmondo hunting for a man

“Hunting a man” (La chasse à l’homme)
Director: Eduar Molinaro
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Claude Brialie, Francoise Dorleac, Marie Laforet, Claude Risch, Catherine Deneuve, Marie Dubois, Helene Duke, Bernadette Lafon and others.

This French-Italian project brought together young French movie stars on the set. Belmondo’s hero, a former pimp, after leaving his hectic business, married the daughter of the owner of a local cafe and turned into a real henpecked man. He shares the sad experience of family life with a friend who is about to go to the altar …

Mad Pierrot, 1965
Movies with Jean-Paul Belmondo Mad Pierrot

Mad Pierrot (Pierrot le fou)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Grazella Galvani, Aisha Abadir, Henri Attal, Pascal Obier, Raymond Devos, etc.

Ferdinand and the nanny of his child run away from home to the sea in a stolen car, stuffed with stolen money. Having overcome the police chase, getting rid of money and a car, they find themselves on an island, where they realize that their feelings have cooled down.
Mad Pierrot claimed the Venetian Golden Lion, and Belmondo was nominated for a British Academy Award for Best Foreign Actor. Another iconic film of the New Wave, in which Godard directed Belmondo with his muse Anna Karina.

Mississippi Siren, 1969
Movies with Jean-Paul Belmondo Mississippi Siren

Mississippi Siren (La sirène du Mississipi)
Director: Francois Truffaut
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Deneuve, Nellie Borjo
Martina Ferrier, Marcel Berber, Yves Drouet, Michelle Bouquet, Roland Teno and others.

A wealthy planter Louis Max, who lives in Central America, invites Marion, the girl with whom he corresponded, to start a family with him. But some time after the wedding, the beautiful stranger disappears, taking with him an impressive share of his fortune.

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