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Charles Aznavour (1924-2018)

  1. Jean-Paul Belmondo, À bout de souffle (Breathless), France, 1959. While planning Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player), France, 1959, New Wave auteur François Truffaut wanted his star, the little  Franco-Armenian singer, to meet another ex-critic, Jean-Luc Godard, about his first big film (based on a Truffaut idea). Godard preferred Laurent Terzieff when Aznavour passed and casually mentioned  the raw, young actor nicknamed Bebel…Godard also considered another singer, Sacha Distel, which set the mind reeling then. And now.
  2. Georges Descrieres, Les trois mousquetaires, France, 1961.   A clash of productions meant the cancellation of a splendid Musketeers affair with Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Sophia Loren - and “Aznave”. as the introspective Athos - for a smaller budget affair by Bernard Borderie, later known for directing the Angelique series.
  3. Oskar Werner, Fahrenheit 451, 1966.    For his first film in colour – and his only one in English - nouvelle vague icon François Truffaut wanted the star of his second feature to be Montag. Yet he also contacted Warren Beatty, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marlon Brando, Montgomey Clift, Paul Newman, Peter O’Toole - and signed Terence Stamp, before making the mistake of his life and giving the fireman to Werner, originally booked as Montag’s boss. Any of the others asleep would have been better! The Austrian’s head had been turned by Hollywood since his and Truffaut’s Jules et Jim triumph. Werner argued constantly over (his dull) interpretation, refused one “dangerous” scene (as if a fireman would not have to deal with fire), even cut his hair to ruin continuity. If he hadn’t spent six years planning the film, Truffaut would have walked. Instead, he simply truncated Werner’s later scenes - and used a double, John Ketteringham, in most of them.
  4. Michael Sarrazin, They Shoot Horses Don't They, 1969.    French film-maker Jean-Pierre Mocky tried too make it with Bardot and le petit Charles. Charlie Chaplin, Joseph Losey and François Truffaut had also all tried to film Horace McCoy’s book during ts 35 year long journey to the screen.

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