Pierre Clémenti

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Pierre Clémenti
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Born Pierre André Clémenti
(1942-09-28)28 September 1942
Paris, France
Died 27 December 1999(1999-12-27) (aged 57)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Occupation Actor
Children Balthazar Clémenti et Valentin Clémenti

Pierre André Clémenti (28 September 1942 – 27 December 1999) was a French actor.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Paris, from an unknown father and Rose Clémenti, a Corsican concierge whose surname he held from. He had a difficult childhood and took refuge in literature and the theatre. Clémenti studied drama and began his acting career in the theatre. He secured his first minor screen roles in 1960 in Yves Allégret's Chien de pique performing alongside Eddie Constantine. Arguably, his most famous role was that of gangster lover of bourgeois prostitute Catherine Deneuve in Belle de jour, the 1967 classic by Luis Buñuel, in whose film The Milky Way he played the Devil. He appeared in several highly regarded films of the period, working with many of Europe's best known directors, including Luchino Visconti (The Leopard), Pier Paolo Pasolini (Pigsty) and Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist and Partner). Other directors he has worked with are Liliana Cavani, Glauber Rocha, Miklós Jancsó, Jacques Rivette, and Philippe Garrel.

In 1972, his career was derailed after he was sentenced to prison for allegedly possessing or using drugs. Due to insufficient evidence, Clémenti was released after 17 months; later he penned a book about his time in prison. After his release, he played the ever-optimistic sailor of the Potemkin in Dusan Makavejev's Sweet Movie and the role of Pablo, the seductive saxophone player, in Fred Haines's film adaptation of Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse's novel. Throughout his career, he continued to be active in the theatre.

He was also involved with the French underground film movement, directing several of his own films which often featured fellow underground filmmakers and actors. Visa de censure no X was an experimental work composed of two films. New Old was a feature-length work released in 1978 starring Viva. He went on to direct La Revolution ce n'est qu'un debut, continuons le combat, In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal and Sun.

He married actress Margareth Clémenti (née Le-Van, 1948), mother of his son Balthazar, born July 1965. Later he was married to Nadine, mother of his second child, Valentin Clémenti-Arnoult.

He died of liver cancer in 1999.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Note(s)
1960 Jack of Spades Paco Yves Allégret
1963 The Leopard Francesco Paolo Luchino Visconti
1967 Belle de Jour Marcel Luis Bunuel
1968 Benjamin Benjamin Michel Deville
1969 Porcile Young cannibal Pier Paolo Pasolini
1981 Le Pont du Nord Julien Jacques Rivette


External links[edit]

DVD Pierre Clémenti film-maker

Article about Pierre Clémenti

  • Pierre Clémenti, cinéaste, by Doris Peternel [2]
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Balthazar clémenti Author preface&postface "Quelques Messages Personnels"