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40 years ago Patrick Dewaere disappeared: the great roles of an inhabited actor


The actor committed suicide on July 16, 1982, in full glory. He embodied his characters to excess under the direction of some of the best filmmakers of his generation: Bertrand Blier, Alain Corneau, Henri Verneuil, Yves Boisset…

For the history of the seventh art he is and will remain, with his friend Gérard Depardieu whom he nicknamed “the big», the romantic hoodlum of waltzers by Bertrand Blier. In 1974, moviegoers discovered Patrick Dewaere, an inhabited mountebank, go-getter, cabochard, who no longer played solely on physical beauty to win over viewers. The actor would have been 70 today. Twice 35 years. The age at which he killed himself by shooting himself in the mouth on July 16, 1982.

After 1974, Patrick Dewaere worked with filmmakers who knew how to use his passion for tragic roles. The actor lived his compositions to excess. In Black sequence by Alain Corneau, spectators and critics, seduced but also disturbed by so much truth, would even end up confusing the man and his character.

Le Figaro, as a tribute to his talent, has chosen to present excerpts from the twelve most emblematic films of Patrick Dewaere’s career.

The Valseuses(1974) by Bertrand Blier, with Gérard Depardieu, Patrick Dewaere, Miou-Miou, Jeanne Moreau…

goodbye chicken(1975) by Pierre Granier-Deferre, with Lino Ventura, Patrick Dewaere, Victor Lanoux…

The best way to walk (1976) by Claude Miller, with Patrick Bouchitey, Patrick Dewaere, Christine Pascal, Claude Piéplu…

F… like Fairbanks (1976) by Maurice Dugowson, with Patrick Dewaere, Miou-Miou, John Berry, Michel Piccoli…

Judge Fayard said “the Sheriff”(1977) by Yves Boisset, with Patrick Dewaere, Aurore Clément, Philippe Léotard, Michel Auclair…

Prepare your tissues (1978) by Bertrand Blier, with Gérard Depardieu, Carole Laure, Patrick Dewaere, Michel Serrault…

Headbutt(1979) by Jean-Jacques Annaud, with Patrick Dewaere, France Dougnac, Jean Bouise, Michel Aumont…

Black sequence(1979) by Alain Corneau, with Patrick Dewaere, Myriam Boyer, Marie Trintignant, Bernard Blier…

A bad son(1980) by Claude Sautet, with Patrick Dewaere, Yves Robert, Brigitte Fossey…

Hotel of the Americas (1981) by André Téchiné, with Catherine Deneuve, Patrick Dewaere, Étienne Chicot…

Stepfather(1981) by Bertrand Blier, with Patrick Dewaere, Ariel Besse, Maurice Ronet, Nathalie Baye…

trillion dollars(1982) by Henri Verneuil, with Patrick Dewaere, Caroline Cellier, Charles Denner, Anny Duperey, Jeanne Moreau…

Paradise for all(1982) by Alain Jessua, with Patrick Dewaere, Jacques Dutronc, Fanny Cottençon, Stéphane Audran, Philippe Léotard…

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