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Smooth, charming, adventurous, funny: we still remember these heroes of cinema

In this issue we will have a look at the 1950s-1970s actors, mostly from Europe - see if you can recognize these faces... and maybe even fondly remember movies they starred in.

British actors: oodles of class

Here is the real Romeo: Leonard Whiting in the 1968 Zeffirelli film version of "Romeo and Juliet":

(image credit: Vogue)

Always hilarious John Cleese and the "Monty Python" bunch, sometimes called the Pythons (don't forget to watch "Ministry of Silly Walks" video):

(images via)

Sean Connery poses for Jim Beam (left) and drives the car with an inimitable special agent intense look:

Jack Hawkins and Cliff Robertson have a stand-off in "Masquerade" (1965):

(image via Cinema.de)

French actors: unforgettable!

Charming Jean-Paul Belmondo in "Pierrot le fou" 1965 movie by Jean-Luc Godard:

images credit: LIFE, Cinema.de)

Adventurous, dashing Alain Delon, looking cool in "Any Number Can Win" (1963):

(images via 1, 2)

Starring in the Purple Moon (1960), perfectly fit and poised:

(image via Cinema.de)

And here's Jean-Paul Belmondo on the beach:

(image via Cinema.de)

A very classy star of many swashbuckling pictures in the 1950s, Jean Marais performed his own stunts:

Great French comic actor Louis De Funes is still very much loved, especially his wonderful facial expressions:

Russian actors: mostly unknown in the West

Veniamin Smekhov playing Athos in the Russian version of "The Three Musketeers":

Andrei Mironov played many lead roles in popular Russian movies (for example, plenty of charming villains and Don Juan types), and even has a minor planet named after him:

Yury Nikoulin and Andreu Mironov in the comedy caper "The Diamond Arm", 1969:

Interesting characters:

Evgeni Evstigneev and Igor Ilyinsky were big stars of Soviet cinema in the 1950s:

One of the most popular Russian actors, Valentin Gaft often plays complex, deeply fascinating characters:

Evgeni Evstigneev and Andrei Mironov share a comedy movie "The Granddad Robbers" (1971):

Zinovi Gerdt, Vladimir Etush and Andrei Mironov in the movie "Shadow" (1971):

Alexander Shirwindt, the star of Russian TV in the 1970s-80s:

Alexander Belyavski in the 1960s:

Vyacheslav Tikhonov and Oleg Yankovski as Baron Munchhausen:

American actors: rare vintage photos

These are the stars we all know, in the great behind-the-scenes situations:

(James Dean, photo by Roy Schatt, 1954 - image credit: James Dean Foundation Trust, via)

(Harrison Ford as Han Solo on the set of "Star Wars", see more images here)

Classy: Steve McQueen with his 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso (more info) and Keanu Reeves:

(images via)

Robert De Niro (walking with Jodie Foster in 1976) and Jack Nicholson, being himself:

(images via)

Bespectacled Arnold Stang once described himself as "a frightened chipmunk who's been out in the rain too long." -

(image via)




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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Russian version of Munchhausen is fantastic. Yankovsky also starred in Tarkovsky's Nostalghia.

Anonymous stephen said...

So good to see pics of French comedian Louis de Funes.


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