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Adieu Belmondo! What legacy does New Wave film icon leave behind?

FRANCE24, 10 Sep 2021
As France bids the fondest of farewells to a true cinema legend, we ask where does this leave French film and French culture? Jean-Paul Belmondo died at the age of 88, the tributes continue to flood in. One perhaps sums him up best: an extraordinary hero of ordinary France. Basically a man of the people who was also the biggest star of his generation.

A special national tribute was held this Thursday at Invalides, where France honours its most treasured citizens. We talk about Belmondo, his art and his influence, what made him such an enduring star? We also be look at the French new wave that his early work exemplified. And French cinema today. Who takes up where Belmondo left off? 

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