With a successful early career on the stage, Michel Piccoli didn't have a major cinematic role until he was nearly 40, in 1963. But what a role – playing in Jean-Luc Godard's 'Le Mépris' opposite Brigitte Bardot and Fritz Lang. With it, a new career opened up to Piccoli in the middle of the '60s, when he excelled in subversive roles playing middle-aged libertines, be it in 'Belle de Jour' in 1966 or Michel Delville's 'Benjamin ou les Mémoires d'un Puceau' in 1967.
The actor's career has grown and diversified ever since. Most recently, he has appeared in Cannes sensation 'Holy Motors' and in 2011's 'Habeus Papam'; this retrospective of his work at the Cinémathèque Française isn't just a homage to a great actor, but a vital overview of a key era in the history of European cinema. Highly recommended.
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