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Jean-Paul Belmondo Screen Icons Collection in June

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of Screen Icons: Jean-Paul Belmondo on 25th June 2007 priced at £34.99. A key face of the French New Wave and one of France’s most famous actors, Jean-Paul Belmondo was born in 1933 in Neuilly-sur Seine. As a youth Belmondo trained as a boxer before deciding that his future lay in acting. After a number of attempts, he finally gained admittance to the Paris Conservatoire in 1952.

Making the transition from stage to screen in the mid-fifties, Belmondo notched up impressive early credits, including Les Copains du Dimanche (1957) and his first co-starring role with fellow French idol Alain Delon in Sois Belle et Tais-Toi. After turning in a restrained performance in Chabrol’s Á Double Tour, Belmondo forever seared himself onto the consciousness of critics, public and filmmakers alike in Godard’s A Bout De Souffle. With his inimitable, roguish smile, unique looks, and witty yet moody performance as doomed thief and Bogart aficionado Michel Poiccard, Belmondo perfectly embodied the cool youthful rebellion guiding Godard's trailblazing cinematic style. Re-united with Godard on numerous occasions, most notably perhaps on the similarly audacious romance-musical-gangster-road movie Pierrot Le Fou, the other director with whom Belmondo is perhaps most closely associated is noir master, Jean Pierre Melville (Le Doulos).

Continuing to test himself with challenging roles and working with Europe’s finest filmmakers throughout the 1960s and early 70s (with Alain Resnais’ complex quaisi-historical drama Stavisky being a particular highlight), Belmondo also managed to segue into more commercial fare and entertaining genre pictures that emphasized a lean physique and charismatic loner persona. A hard-edged action thriller, Le Professional is a perfect and popular example of this strand of Belmondo’s career.

After an amazing film career spanning thirty years (receiving a Cesar in 1989 for his performance in Itinéraire D'un Enfant Gaté), Jean-Paul Belmondo remains one of the most popular and best-loved personalities in France and he has received France’s highest accolade, the Legion of Honour.

This Screen Icons collection features five of the aforementioned titles including Godard’s A Bout de Suffle and Pierrot Le Fou, Chabrol’s A Double Tour, Georges Lautner’s Le Professionel and Alain Resnais’ Stavisky.

All titles are presented in their original aspect ratios with original audio and English subtitles. Extras include:

A Bout de Suffle - Charlotte Et Son Jules, Trailer, Posters & Stills Gallery.

Pierreot Le Fou - Commentary by Jean-Bernard Pouy, trailer, Posters & DVD Sleeves gallery, German TV spot, press kit and introduction by Colin MacCabe, author of the book Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy.

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