LINFO.RE – created on 7.09.2021 at 12:31 – updated on 7.09.2021 at 13:27 –
Sophie Fontaine

Jean-Paul Belmondo has shaken the hearts of Reunion Islanders throughout his career. Since the news of his disappearance, tributes have multiplied. The people of Reunion especially remember his visit to Reunion for the filming of François Truffaut’s film in 1968.

The death of Jean-Paul Belmondo on Monday evening, at the age of 88, moved the whole of France. A little over 50 years ago, “the Magnificent” traveled to Reunion Island to film La Sirène du Mississippi. Many Reunionese remember the filming of François Truffaut’s film on the island in 1968, between Saint-Denis and Le Tampon.

Jean-Paul Belmondo slips here into the skin of Louis Mahé, a wealthy Reunionese planter and manufacturer of cigarettes, who married Julie, met by classified ad and arrived by the liner Mississippi. He soon realizes that it was not his lovely wife who wrote the letters that seduced him. As he prepares to question her, Julie disappears, not without having previously robbed him. He hires a private investigator while conducting his own investigation. Julie, in France, became Marion, a cabaret artist.

Some have even figured, alongside the famous actor and Catherine Deneuve, who plays Julie who will become Marion …

Joseph Christian Vendôme replied to the actor. His son recounts this unique experience: “It seems that it was at the request of Jean-Paul Belmondo that François Truffaut took him to have this little piece done in the son. When he arrived at the hotel, he was looking for someone to act as the waiter in the film, he suggested and asked François Truffaut if it was good “.

Decades after this event that shed light on Reunion Island, the people of Reunion remember and pay tribute to this great man:

“Thank you for having made discover the island of Reunion with your beautiful film, with your beautiful partner Catherine Deneuve. Unforgettable. Thank you”, addresses a user of LINFO.re “.

“The best! We’ll never have an actor like this again! The films of our childhood with his truly unique style! Glory to him!” Continued another.

“Beyond his talent and his inenarable filmography, he contributed to make our island shine through the unforgettable filming of” The Mississippi Mermaid “, declares the mayor of Saint-Denis Ericka Bareigts.

The President of the Region also remembers the coming of “Bébel” to Reunion: “He is a great figure in French cinema. I was still very young when Belmondo came to shoot the Mississippi siren here and this film has had for setting Reunion, its old residences, with Catherine Deneuve who was the actress. He came with his lover Ursula Andress. We looked at it with a lot of intention! “

Actor, film producer and theater director, the sacred monster of French cinema leaves behind a page of French cinema, and will remain engraved in the memory of the French. A national tribute will be paid to him at “Bébel” this Thursday, September 9 at the Invalides.

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