The movie world misplaced a display legend on June 17, 2022, when iconic French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant handed away on the age of 91. He had nicely over 100 performing credit, with the primary being all the best way again in 1955, and his final in 2019. Thanks to working with quite a few administrators who’re nicely-identified on a global scale (like Krzysztof Kieślowski, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Haneke, and François Truffaut), he established himself as an actor identified nicely past simply French audiences.

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Capturing all the good performances in such an enormous profession is unattainable to do in a single high 10 checklist, however the next 10 movies are some of Trintignant’s greatest, and likewise showcase his versatile skills as an actor. All are worthwhile watches for anybody desirous about exploring the spectacular filmography that Jean-Louis Trintignant left behind.


Three Colors: Red (1994)

Three Colors_ Red (1994)

Three Colors: Red is the ultimate movie in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s famed Three Colors trilogy, ending it on a robust and emotionally resonant last be aware. Each movie focuses on completely different teams of characters coping with love, loneliness, disappointment, and actually simply the human situation basically.

In Red, Jean-Louis Trintignant performs an enigmatic retired choose who varieties an uncommon bond along with his neighbor, a girl not less than 30 years his junior. It’s an odd and distinctive viewing expertise, however an absorbing one, and will even be the excessive level of the whole trilogy.

The Great Silence (1968)


The Great Silence is a darkish, intense Western that gives one of Jean-Louis Trintignant’s greatest and most nicely-identified performances, in addition to maybe probably being his most troublesome position. This is as a result of the principle character he performs is a mute gunman who tries to guard a small village from a gang of menacing bounty hunters.

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He pulls it off brilliantly of course, along with his efficiency matched by that of iconic German actor Klaus Kinski, who makes for a terrifying lead villain. Elsewhere, it is bought an important Ennio Morricone rating and a uniquely chilly and wintry setting, which is uncommon (although not utterly unheard of) for the Western style.

The Conformist (1970)

The Conformist (1970)

The Conformist is maybe director Bernardo Bertolucci’s greatest movie, having gorgeous visuals and an important central Jean-Louis Trintignant efficiency. It tells a difficult story a couple of man ordered by the fascist authorities of Italy within the late 1930s to assassinate an outspoken anti-fascist professor in Paris.

The subject material is commonly troublesome and darkish, and the story is a confronting one, however the 1970s was admittedly a decade the place a lot of mainstream movies weren’t afraid to impress or problem audiences. The Conformist continues to be held in excessive regard, too, some half a century later, with a uncommon excellent 100/100 rating from movie critics on Metacritic.

Amour (2012)

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Amour was one of Jean-Louis Trintignant’s last performances; the identical as his co-star within the movie, Emmanuelle Riva, who turned the oldest ever Oscar nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, at 85 years previous.

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Amour is a vastly difficult movie about an aged couple who should make some troublesome life choices after one of them suffers a stroke. It’s an agonizingly sincere take a look at the challenges of rising previous, and the disappointment that comes with approaching the top of one’s life. It exhibits that even at over 80 years of age, Trintignant may nonetheless give an important efficiency, and the movie total will actually keep on with those that watch it.

My Night at Maud’s (1969)

My Night At Maud's

My Night at Maud’s is the type of film the place it is largely two folks speaking to one another, however the performing and variations between the characters right here maintain issues participating.

It additionally had a probably risqué premise for the requirements of the 1960s, with the plot involving a one-evening keep between a Catholic man and a extra free-spirited, divorced girl. Much of the movie includes the 2 speaking about their completely different outlooks on life, their beliefs, and their values. Not really helpful for many who want some extra motion or story to remain engaged with a film, however as a dialogue-pushed showcase for actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Françoise Fabian, it is fairly good.

Z (1969)

Z (1969)

Z is a fancy and tense thriller about assassination, corruption, and political turmoil in Greece throughout the 1960s. Jean-Louis Trintignant performs extra of a supporting position right here – given the movie’s sprawling narrative and ensemble solid – however he nonetheless makes the efficiency a memorable one, portraying a Justice of the Peace who uncovers proof surrounding who could have dedicated the movie’s central homicide which kicks off the principle storyline.

It’s a reasonably overwhelming movie, in addition to an unnerving and downbeat one, however it’s a traditional of world cinema, because it proved surprisingly well-liked within the United States in addition to France. In the method, it additionally earned 5 Oscar nominations, and in the end gained two (for Best Foreign Film and Best Editing).

Il Sorpasso (1962)

Il Sorpasso (1962)

Il Sorpasso is, for probably the most half, a comedic street journey film about an excessively-assured center-aged man and a younger lawyer (performed by Trintignant) driving via the Italian countryside in search of pleasure, journey, and girls.

It’s not solely a comedy, although, because it will get surprisingly darkish because it goes on, reworking slowly however absolutely into extra of a drama by its climax. It’s an attention-grabbing and unpredictable movie, and due to it being a street film, it additionally boasts some implausible-wanting Italian landscapes to marvel at alongside the best way.

A Man and a Woman (1966)

A Man and a Woman

A Man and a Woman has a easy title that implies – you guessed it – a romantic bond between a person and a girl. Jean-Louis Trintignant and fellow French actress Anouk Aimée play two widows who meet by probability, and understand earlier than lengthy that they are growing emotions for one another.

It’s nicely-acted and visually fairly putting, and was adopted up by two sequels, one in 1986, and one other in 2019 (which proved to be Trintignant’s final performing position). In this manner, it is type of a precursor to the Before Trilogy, which additionally explores a relationship between two individuals who meet by probability over three separate movies that have been all launched a good few years aside.

…And God Created Woman (1956)

And God Created Woman

…And God Created Woman is not one of Jean-Louis Trintignant’s easiest films, however it’s notable for being his breakthrough lead position. He stars alongside French movie icon Brigitte Bardot, with the 2 enjoying younger lovers in a small city who develop an odd (and presumably harmful) romance.

It’s most likely most notable for a way steamy it was by the requirements of the 1950s, although naturally, it feels an excellent deal tamer these days. While the story and dialogue could be somewhat missing, the 2 leads give it their all, and nonetheless flip in good performances. An attention-grabbing film to observe for its historic worth for certain, even when it may not have aged as gracefully as different notable Jean-Louis Trintignant movies.

Confidentially Yours (1983)

Confidentially Yours

Confidentially Yours is a twisted comedy/thriller/thriller that includes Jean-Louis Trintignant’s character being suspected of a homicide he did not commit, after which, he and his secretary conduct their very own investigations to try to show his innocence earlier than the legislation catches as much as him.

It’s a enjoyable watch, and the stable mix of genres retains issues participating, with a plot the place it isn’t simple to guess what’s going to occur subsequent. It’s additionally notable for being the ultimate movie directed by iconic French New Wave director, François Truffaut, who sadly handed away at simply 52 years of age in 1984, himself forsaking a formidable physique of work, similar to Trintignant.

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