Death of Michel Subor, actor of Hitchcock, Godard and Truffaut


DISAPPEARANCE – The French comedian died on January 17 at the age of 86 following a road accident. After having worked in his youth for the new wave and the master of suspense, he will be at the end of his career a figure in the films of Claire Denis.

His dark gaze, his appearance without any affectation on the screen, his sober acting will have seduced big names in the seventh art such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock. Michel Subor died on January 17 following a road accident. He was 86 years old.

The director Claire Denis, who used her talents four times at the end of her career, painted a portrait as laudatory as it was original of the one who will have been one of her favorite actors: “Michel Subor showed a massive block, impermeable and at the same time, he escaped us, he dreamed. He slipped into his own film as if into a parallel universe. Between us, we called it ”suboriser”.»

Michel Subor, born Michel Subotzky, was born in Paris on February 2, 1935. The short history of cinema will remember that he started alongside Louis de Funès in 1959 in My friend the gypsy. Two years later, Roger Vadim entrusts him with a role in The strap on the neck where he meets Brigitte Bardot and Mireille Darc.

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But it was obviously his work with the heralds of the new wave that soon caught the attention of moviegoers. In 1962, he is the narrator of Jules and Jim by François Truffaut, and especially in 1963, he played Bruno Forestier, a deserter from the Algerian War, who was to fall into the movement of the OAS, under the direction of Jean-Luc Godard in The Little Soldier. In this second feature film from the director ofBreathless appears his muse, Anna Karina, with whom Forestier-Subor falls in love…

Michel Subor now has a recognized name. He played abroad in 1965 the cult What’s up Pussycat by Clive Donner and above all The Vise by the undisputed master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. In the 1970s, he became a television figure who then experienced a real creative revolution. We see it in particular in the excellent series The Line of Demarcation.

After a relative crossing of the desert in the 80s, Michel Subor came back in force in 2000 under the direction of André Zulawski who employed him in Faithfulness. Finally, he will find with the filmmaker Claire Denis, who has had him play four times in fifteen years (Good work,1999; The Intruder, 2004 ; White Material, 2009; The Bastards, 2013), a last pygmalion. With her, he will have been ablebribewith the greatest happiness…

The Little Soldier by Jean-Luc Godard, shot in 1960 and released in 1963, with Michel Subor, Anna Karina…

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