“That was an invention of the press,” they stated. Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon greater than twenty years in the past, when looking for rivalry between the 2 sacred monsters of French cinema was a a technique, however not a return path.
“There was no kind of enmity between us,” Delon declared in 1999, after they premiered, collectively, The professionalsby Patrice Leconte. “We had two parallel and complementary paths, which was very beneficial: without this conjunction, without a doubt our careers would not have been so successful,” stated the gallant, now 85 years outdated.
The reality is that, though there was no manifest rivalry between the artists, as a result of each had their viewers, and so they might even share it, when it got here to preventing the cachet, the wage, or no less than the French poster -who appeared first within the posters or within the opening credit of the movie -, the interpreter of Breathless, from Jean-Luc Godard, had the higher hand.
September 14, 2010, in Boulogne-Billancourt, Delon attended the opening of the museum that Belmondo opened in honor of his father. AFP photograph
It began earlier than the premiere of Borsalino (1970), and the problem of who “led” and who “accompanied” ended up being settled in court docket. Jacques Deray’s movie was set through the Nineteen Thirties, in Marseille, and Belmondo and Delon – in that order … – performed two low-level criminals working for the native mafia, till they determined to begin their very own enterprise.
Few, however good
There weren’t many occasions that Belmondo and Delon agreed to work on the identical set. Simply 4.
“Borsalino”. Jean-Paul Belmondo and, additional again, Alain Delon, virtually like a metaphor, in Jacques Deray’s movie. There have been cartel issues. AP Photograph
Thirty years earlier than The professionals, because the movie was titled in Argentina, certainly attempting to emulate the success of The skilled (1981, the Gorges Lautner movie with Belmondo, and with the catchy music of Don Ennio Morricone, who stayed for months within the Atlas Lavalle – what occasions! -), that they had shared, as we stated, the filming of Borsalino.
“We wanted to work together again for a long time”, defined a Belmondo at that time extra accustomed to motion cinema, however instantly clarified that “the alchemy of a success is so complex that I think it is useless to look for the causes of this relative failure … “The Professionals didn’t work, unusually, in French cinemas.
Delon shared the thought, as a result of it’s already identified that the reality is rarely unhappy, what has no treatment. However he looked for them, arguing that confirming, with out a lot ado, his disappointment at “the reception of the film by the French public.”
November 17, 2017. Collectively, on the inauguration of the “Wheel” in Paris. AP Photograph
The primary film collectively was A harmful blonde (1958), the comedy by Marc Allégret. Belmondo was Pierrot, Delon, Loulou, and the protagonist was Mylène Demongeot, as Virginie.
Then got here Is Paris burning? (1966), by René Clément, the movie of just about three hours and with a solid that sure, Belmondo headed, however that along with Delon had Leslie Caron, Charle Boyer, jean-Pierre Cassel, Yves Montand, Kirk Douglas, Glenn Ford, Anthony Perkins… It occurred in August 1944, when the Allies approached the capital of France and the rebels started to plan an rebellion towards the Germans.
And in 2017 they made a brand new joint look, on the inauguration of the “Wheel” in Paris.
Delon will certainly say goodbye as we speak to his good friend, with whom he shared extra moments of pleasure than rivalry or unhappiness.