Paris, Sep 10 (EFE) .- The funeral of Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of the most important actors of the last century in France, was held this Friday in the Parisian church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in what was the last farewell to the interpreter.
The intimate ceremony, without television cameras and which only included those close to the actor, lasted a little over two hours and also attracted hundreds of Belmondo followers. By express of his family, a handful of these anonymous admirers were also invited inside the temple.
Both at the entrance of the coffin and at its exit, the citizens who came to pay tribute applauded for minutes.
One of the guests at the private ceremony that attracted the most attention was the also famous interpreter Alain Delon, who, supported by a crutch, entered the temple accompanied by his son Anthony, also an actor.
Delon, 85 years old and considered Belmondo’s nemesis for years, did not make a statement to the press, although he did briefly pose for the cameras before which he outlined a smile when the mask was removed.
The presence of the actor this Friday drew special attention, as he had not attended the emotional national tribute in the Invalides led by French President Emmanuel Macron on the eve.
In addition to Delon – who confessed “devastated” when he learned of Belmondo’s death – other renowned figures flocked to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church, in the exclusive 6th district of Paris.
The actors Jean Dujardin, Pierre Richard or Berenice Bejo and the director Michel Hazanavicius and the director-actor Dany Boon were present.
Also the closest relatives of Belmondo, his son Paul and daughters Florence and Stella (the youngest, 18 years old) and his six grandchildren, including the actor Víctor Belmondo (27 years old). Natty Tardivel, Belmondo’s second wife, was also in the act.
The famous interpreter lost his daughter Patricia in 1994, who died in a fire in her apartment in Paris when she was 40 years old.
Belmondo, a versatile actor who managed to captivate the viewer both in intellectual films of the “Nouvelle Vague” and in action films, died last Monday at the age of 88.
His disappearance has shocked France and this week televisions have shown several of his great films.
The burly actor starred in cult films such as “A bout de souffle” (“At the end of the getaway, 1960);” Pierrot le fou “(” Crazy Pierrot “, 1965); or” La Sirene du Mississipi “(” The Mississippi Mermaid “, 1969).
When in the mid-60s he turned to commercial and adventure cinema, he participated in “The man from Rio” (“L’Homme de Rio”, 1964), “Borsalino” (1970), “The clan of the Marseillais” (“La scoumoune”, 1972), “The magnificent” (“Le magnifique”, 1973) or “The Professional” (“Le Professionnel, 1981). EFE
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