I first became aware of French actor Alain Delon’s work through the Proust adaptation “Swann In Love,” opposite Jeremy Irons. Recently I watched him in “The Leopard;” it was probably my third viewing and each time the movie climbs the ranks of my all-time favorites. If you feel like an “old relic,” as our contributor BC calls himself, and haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend it. It’s directed by one of my favorite filmmakers, Luchino Visconti, who brought his aristocratic pedigree to his art, and stars the American actor Burt Lancaster as the lead. It was a surprising casting decision, but the rest, as they say, is cinematic history. Lancaster is a patrician leopard who cannot change his spots, even as the world radically transforms around him.
As for Delon, he proves once again that nothing goes with a buttondown shirt like being young and handsome.
I should also mention that Delon stars in “Purple Noon,” the French version of “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Enjoy your Bastille Day weekend. We’ll close our series of French posts tomorrow with something Moliere would appreciate. — CC