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Last Sunday evening, the award ceremony for the Palme d'Honour took place at this year's 72nd International Film Festival in Cannes. At a very emotional ceremony, the acting legend Alain Delon received the special honorary award for his six decades of film career. He has directed over 80 films and is rightly considered one of the icons of the film industry. However, the awarding of the Palme d'honneur in Cannes 2022 was somewhat controversial and that aroused different emotions. However, no one can deny that the great French film star has long since earned this award and rightly received it. Today we want to take a brief look at his enviable career and explore the controversy surrounding this year's Film Awards.
To thunderous applause from the audience, Alain Delon received the greatest award of his entire film career.
The 83-year-old actor is considered a loner in the film industry. He's a cold as stone, stunningly handsome angel on screen who leaves no one indifferent, especially women. Alain Delon had an eventful childhood and youth until he was discovered as an actor.
He grew up with foster parents and would drop out of school six times. He was a marine and was imprisoned for eleven months. Then he hung around in underworld circles in Montmartre. But thanks to his heavenly looks, young Alain was soon in front of the camera, although he didn't know what to do there.
His angelic face and gray eyes were a clear testament to his tremendous success in cinema.
1957 Delon got his first film role playing a cold-blooded killer. The supporting role in "The Killers Let Ask" brought him the image that he carried with him for many years. He played the role of murderer Tom Ripley in the classic crime thriller Just the Sun, directed by Rene Clement in 1960 is a witness” and suddenly became world famous. Then his film career took off, working with the greatest directors such as Luchino Visconti and Michelangelo Antonioni. Playing alongside popular actors like Burt Langaster, Jean Gabin and Jean-Paul Belmondo, together with Romy Schneider, Ingrid Bergman, Jeanne Moreau, Alain Delon became a superstar not only of French but also of European cinema.
Romy Schneider and Alain Delon were a dream couple for years!
In most roles, Delon was macho with an angelic face. In his interviews today, the film star says that women made him that way. He still worships two of them today and they are undoubtedly Romy Schneider (1938-1982) and Mireille Darc (1938-2022). Not only did he often stand in front of the camera with these two actresses, Delon had special love relationships with them that shaped his whole life.
An "actor" who mostly played himself.
- There was sharp criticism against the awarding of the Palme d'Or to Alain Delon
As often happens at official events, things didn't go smoothly at this year's Cannes Film Festival. For weeks before the award of honor to Alain Delon, a campaign against the famous actor was organized by Women and Hollywood. 25,000 signatures were collected in an online petition against the film star. This demands that the palm of honor Delon be revoked. There were arguments for it. His political views as a supporter of Jean-Marie Le-Pen have been attacked and he has been labeled a right-wing populist. It was also claimed that his stance on the death pen alty was unacceptable. In addition, the film star himself revealed in a television interview in November last year that he had slapped women. Earlier, in 2013, he declared that homosexuality is against nature. That is why he is against gender equality and against the adoption of children by same-sex parents.
This campaign was aimed specifically at the famous film star, but he still received the honorary award in Cannes last Sunday, as planned. The festival director has defended it in an official statement, insisting that this award is given for Delon's film career. "This isn't about the Nobel Peace Prize," Thierry Fremaux warned off opponents. After all, the actor has the right to speak his mind openly. the Alain Delon's popularity among his fans grew enormously: "The palm tree is totally deserved, he's a big one," one wrote on the Internet. Even the Golden Palm of Honor comes a little late, many film critics and cinema fans think the actor should have received it much earlier. In his acceptance speech, Delon provided the correct answer to many yes-no questions.
The movie star received the Palme d'Honour from his daughter Anouchka.
- Alain Delon delivered a powerful acceptance speech at Cannes
His 28-year-old daughter presented him with the palm tree and the great actor burst into tears. He pretended to be humble and self-deprecating. "Tonight is a bit of a posthumous tribute, except I'm still alive," he said. Then he thanked the audience, his two beloved wives Romy Schneider and Mireille Darc. "Women who loved me, who made me want to do this job," the actor said. Delon reacted very skilfully to the criticism of US feminists. He denied all allegations that he was "racist, homophobic and misogynistic". Here's what he said about it: "You don't have to agree with me. But there's one thing I'm sure of, that I'm proud of; really only one, that's my career". For that, the irresistible man with the angelic face received the Palme d'Or "and for nothing else"!
The following video captures the festive atmosphere at Cannes 2022:
During the honors ceremony, Alain Delon burst into tears.
For his entire film career, the famous and well-loved actor received the Palme d'Or of Honor at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.