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Of Men and Gods, Orson Welles, 007 ... The Great Roles of Michael Lonsdale


From the Trial to the films of Jean-Pierre Mocky, via James Bond, the French actor, who died on Monday, knew how to impose his hieratic presence.

Whether he played the senior father of a monastery in

The Name of the Rose

or a polymorphous pervert in

James Bond

, he was simplicity itself.

An actor who knew how to impose his rigor gently.

Michael Lonsdale, who has just left us at the age of 89, belonged to this line of actors that the most demanding filmmakers and also the most iconoclastic - we think of Orson Welles or Jean-Pierre Mocky - liked to direct.

To read also: Death of Michael Lonsdale, the most mystical actor, at 89 years old

Because this man, immense in the literal as well as in the figurative sense, will have a formidable career in cinema.

In addition to the 60 or so plays he performed, he has appeared more than 150 times on the big screen.

Even in the most secondary roles, the most distracted spectators could not forget his presence.

Often the directors entrusted him with the roles of doctors, commissioners, big bourgeois, and of course a man of the Church.

The facetious Jean-Pierre Mocky, who had a unique talent for seducing the most talented acrobats, made it turn seven times.

It is not a coincidence.

To read also: "You have to win your inner peace": the last interview with Michael Lonsdale at

Le Figaro

The character of the Cistercian monk Brother Luc, tailored to his measure, in

Men and the Gods

by Xavier Beauvois, earned him in 2010 the César for best supporting role.

A supporting role for such a huge actor ... This award could have made you smile.

But Michael Lonsdale welcomed, as it should be, this paltry trophy with the fatalism of a man protected by his faith.


Orson Welles'



Men and Gods

, including

The Name of the Rose




La Grande Lessive

by Jean-Pierre Mocky,

Le Figaro

, presents below in pictures, a small anthology of the immense career on the big screen by Michael Lonsdale.

The Trial

of Orson Welles in 1962, with Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Orson Welles, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Michael Lonsdale ...

La Grande Lessive

by Jean-Pierre Mocky in 1968, with Bourvil, Francis Blanche, Michael Lonsdale ...


by Édouard Molinaro in 1969, with Louis de Funès, Claude Gensac, Bernard Alane, Michael Lonsdale ...


by Lewis Gilbert in 1979, with Roger Moore, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel, Lois Chiles ...

Le Nom de la rose

by Jean-Jacques Annaud, with Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Michael Lonsdale, Ron Perlman ...

Men and Gods

by Xavier Beauvois in 2010, with Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin ...

Source: lefigaro

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