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85 years of Alain Delon, eternal sex symbol and icon of cinema

Birthday tribute for Alain Delon’s 85th birthday!

Alain Delon turns 85. Considered a sex symbol in the history of cinema, the French actor starred on the set of the most important directors of the twentieth century such as René Clément, Luchino Visconti and Jean-Pierre Melville. When he was called a superstar, in a 1975 interview he replied: “I gladly accept it, because in my opinion there are few stars left in the cinema. There are many performers but few stars, and I am one of them”In 1953 he enlisted in the French navy and left for Indochina. He was discharged five years later for disciplinary problems. Back in his homeland, he does the most disparate jobs, from porter to waiter in the infamous districts of Montmartre and Halles.

The meeting with the actress Brigitte Auber distances him from this world and brings him closer to cinema. Arriving at the Cannes Film Festival, its beauty does not go unnoticed.In a 2018 interview he said: “If I had immediately understood that beauty was a weapon I would not have started working in my stepfather’s delicatessen. In the end, I did it all thanks to the women. I owe them the opportunity to be entered the cinema “The great publican’s success and love come after his performance in” Crime in full sun “(1960), shot by René Clément. In an interview he said he imposed himself to have the leading role Luchino Visconti will give him international fame with “Il Gattopardo” (1963), in which he plays Prince Tancredi di Falconieri and acts together with personalities such as Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale. Awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the film earned Delon a Golden Globe nomination for Best Debut Actor

In 2019 he received the Palme d’Or for Lifetime Achievement at the Cannes Film Festival I thought of this award as at the end of my career, at the end of my life, a posthumous homage “said the actor without hiding that old age for him as a legend of the cinema” is a difficult period, really hard “”This award is not for me but for the great directors who directed me. They are no more, I withdraw it for them, otherwise I would have continued to refuse”. These are the words of Alain Delon who received the Palme d’Or for Lifetime Achievement at the Cannes Film Festival

The 83-year-old French actor receives the honor during the 72nd edition of the kermesse. Historical sex symbol of the big screen and legend of cinema, Delon has remembered all the directors and women with whom he worked during his long career. Regarding his retirement, he says: “I am as old as I am. I made the career that I am. I did. Now, I want to close the circle. In organizing boxing matches, I’ve seen men who regretted having one fight too many. For me, there won’t be one too many. “

Alain Delon Tribute

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