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Closing Credits: Philippe Noiret

PhilippeNoiret.jpgPhilippe Noiret passed away a few days ago and I'm guessing that the news passed you by, perhaps you recognised his face but couldn't quite place it? For me he represented three films, but perhaps you know him better from Cinema Paradiso.

From his one hundred and fifty roles, I remember him for three specific films. The first is The Assassination Bureau starring Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas to name but a few. It's a great concept for a film and really great fun. This is a great sunday afternoon watch, particularly for the great Reed.

The film tells the story of the Assassination Bureau, an organisation that has existed for almost as long as man has been civilised. It specialises in the art of assassination, and will kill anyone, morals aside, for cash. However the current owner believes they have become fat and lazy, and hires his own men to kill him in an attempt to revitalise the organisation. At the same time a nosey reporter arrives, trying to uncover their secrets. Honestly, everything about this film is great fun.

Then there's The Return of the Musketeers alongside Reed again, Michael York, Christopher Lee, Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finlay, Kim Cattrall, etc, etc. Not the best of the highly entertaining series, but still a lot of fun and capturing that spirit of the older Musketeer films which I so loved.

Finally there's the film that had me sobbing in the cinema and turned me towards the famous poet Pablo Neruda. "Tonight I can write the saddest lines..." is perhaps the saddest poem of all time, and the soundtrack to the film is just wonderful, filled with beautiful music and Neruda poems read by stars of film and music. The film stars the beautiful Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Massimo Troisi who died days after filming, he apparently knew he had a heart condition while filming but believed completing the film was more important.

A simple tale of a postman who meets the famous poet Neruda, and persuades him to teach him about poetry, love and passion so that he can woo the woman of his dreams. However the passion he brings to his life is more than just love, and his life is awakened.

It's a wonderful film, and despite his huge catalogue and my only really knowning these films, I think Il Postino is a fitting way for me to remember him and the poetry he brought into my life through that role.

Actor: Philippe Noiret



One of the greatest. Salut au monde.


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