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Jean-Louis Trintignant: the milestones of a legend of theater and cinema


A palme d’or, a César, the shocking deaths of his daughters, Pauline and Marie… Le Figaro looks back on the incredible destiny of the actor who disappeared this Friday, June 17 at the age of 91.

Jean-Louis Trintignant left us this Friday, June 17 at the age of 91. Le Figaro returns in ten dates to the moments of joy and sadness that marked the existence of the man who thought he was not good at cinema and who shot 120 films.

December 11, 1930 : Jean-louis Trintignant was born in Piolenc, in a village in Vaucluse. His father Raoul is a former resistance fighter who distinguished himself in a maquis in Ardèche. His mother, Céline Tourtin, suffered the horrors of the purge for having tied up an affair with a German soldier during the Occupation. This family history will forever mark the future actor.

1936 : Henri Trintignant, one of Jean-Louis’ uncles takes part in the automobile Grand Prix de France. Having become famous, the actor, in turn, will be taken by the passion for speed and will participate in prestigious races such as the 24 hours of Le Mans.

1949 : He abandoned his law studies to enroll in the course of Charles Dullin and Tania Balachova.

1954: He marries a young beginner actress, Stéphane Audran.

Jean-louis Trintignant and Brigitte Bardot in 1957 Leemage

1956 : In And God… Created Woman, Jean-Louis Trintignant plays the young lover of Brigitte Bardot. Lovebirds at the cinema, the two actors will also love each other in the city for more than a year. With this sulphurous film by Vadim, the two young actors become stars.

1958 : After two years of military service, he returns to the stage and interprets with mastery Hamlet of Shakespeare.

1962 : Dino Risi entrusts him with the role of Roberto Mariani, a shy young student, alongside a Vittorio Gassman who is more Italian than ever in The Braggart. Their complicity, a mixture of water and fire, borders on the sublime.

1966: Chabada, bada… Claude Lelouch receives the Palme d’Or ex aequo for A man and a woman which brings together a unique film couple: Anouk Aimé and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

1969 : The year of international recognition. Jean-Louis Trintignant receives the interpretation prize of the Cannes Film Festival for his masterful composition in Z by Costa-Gavras, a pamphlet film against fascist dictatorships.
This year which sees him at the peak of his career is dramatic in his family life. Pauline, his daughter whom he had with Nadine Trintignant, dies when she is only ten months old.

Jean-Louis and Marie Trintignant in 2001 in Comedy on a station platform by Samuel Benchetrit Leemage/Pascal Victor, Artcom press

2003 : Marie Trintignant, her daughter, also a talented actress, dies as a result of the blows delivered by her companion, Bertrand Cantat. Jean-Louis Trintignant, who had already lost Pauline in 1970, is devastated. He will never really recover from this disappearance. In 2013, French cinema saluted his talent one last time by giving him the César for best actor for his disturbing composition in Love by Haneke.

2019: The best years of a life. For what will be his last film, Jean-Louis Trintignant finds Claude Lelouch, his partner Anouk Aimée for this sequel toA man and a woman53 years later.

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