Nathalie Delon, eternal accomplice of the Samurai


DISAPPEARANCE – The actress, born Francine Canovas, died this Thursday, January 21 at the age of 79 years of cancer. In Jean-Pierre Melville’s cult film, she played with great conviction, Jane Lagrange, the sulphurous mistress of the hired killer, camped by her husband in the city and the father of her son, Anthony.

She belongs to the legend Delon. Same feline and insolent beauty as Alain, who she looked like a sister. Nathalie Delon, died on January 21 at the age of 79. It is his son Anthony, who has just announced the sad news on a social network.

The history of cinema will remember that Nathalie Delon’s first film appearance was her master stroke. In the Samurai by Jean-Pierre Melville, she plays Jane Lagrange, the mistress of Jeff Costello, a hired killer. She’s the one who gives him his alibi. The two lovers are almost as silent as each other. Their gazes, heavy with meaning, are enough to make the camera shudder. The director, as always, will know how to use this strange alchemy to create a mythical couple of the seventh art.

In the Samurai by Jean-Pierre Melville, Nathalie Delon plays Jane Lagrange, the mistress of Jeff Costello embodied by her husband in the city and the father of her son. Bridgeman Pictures

Francine Canovas was born on August 1, 1941 in Oujda, east of Morocco, then under French protectorate. Her father, manager of a transport company, a pied-noir from Oran, abandons her when she is only eight

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