Mathilde Dandeu, Jellyfish France, published on July 21
She was one of the great figures of French cinema. After battling a long illness, actress Françoise Arnoul died on Wednesday July 20, 2021, at the age of 90 in a Paris hospital. The one who initially dreamed of becoming a dancer had to give up this ambition after being refused by the Paris Opera because of her age. The young spurned then headed for the theater and an acting career before making herself known in the early 1950s with her roles as attractive women. Here are three films that made her a sex symbol!
“The Companions of the Night”
Realized by Ralph Habib in 1953, this French film noir takes place in the heart of a prostitution network, based in a bistro in Montmartre. Francoise Arnoul It plays Olga, a young woman who decides to go to Paris after refusing a job as a maid in Bordeaux. She crosses paths with Paul (Pierre Cressoy), a truck driver, who drops her off in front of the bistro where she will be taken care of by the prostitution network of Jo (Raymond Pellegrin). Alerted by a friend (Pierre Mondy), Paul went to see her one day on a sidewalk. Olga falls in love with him, but remains in the grip of Jo. With the other prostitutes, they support each other and claim their independence. We also find Jane Marken, the patron saint of the Hôtel du Nord in Carné, as a “mackerel” as well as Louis de Funès, an anonymous customer of the bistro.
“The Forbidden fruit”
In this feature film directed by Henri Verneuil in 1952, Françoise Arnoul gives the answer to Fernandel. She plays Martine, a young girl who is not cold in the eyes and who meets Dr. Charles Pellegrin, on a station platform. Married to a strict bourgeois, the doctor then lets himself be seduced by Martine, and even invites her to come and settle in his home.
It is thanks to this film, directed by Jean Renoir in 1954, that Françoise Arnoul will become the rising star of French cinema. She plays Nini, a laundress who will become the new star of the performance hall of Danglard (Jean Gabin), located in Montmartre. The latter decides to relaunch a fashionable dance, the cancan, and to build a new establishment, the Moulin Rouge. Nini, by his unadorned grace, will subjugate the spectators.