“Jean-Paul Belmondo est mort,” I told my online French class on Monday evening. Cue a gasp from the teacher. “Non! C’est pas vrai!” Well, it was vrai. However, he absolutely went out in style. Hero of New Wave cinema, graduate of dozens of pulpy gangster films and with a screen persona as magnetic as Brando, John Wayne, you name it. Belmondo was celebrated this week in a ceremony at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris, with the French President in attendance.
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