Serge Reggiani

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Serge Reggiani (born May 2, 1922 in Sanna , Emilia-Romagna , Italy , † July 23, 2004 in Paris ) was a French actor and chansonnier .


At the age of eight, Serge Reggiani came to France, where his family sought refuge from the Mussolini regime. As a young adult, he attended the Paris Conservatory from 1940 to 1943 and graduated as an actor. During his training he made his theater debut in 1941 with a minor role in Le Loup garou ( The Werewolf ) by Vitrac. Engagements for pieces by Jean Marais and Jean Cocteau followed, as well as The Included by Altona Jean-Paul Sartres .

The film became aware of his acting qualities very early on. He received his first film role in 1942. Others followed quickly despite the warlike times. His François Villon in 1945 made him known. The leading roles in Marcel Carné's Pforten der Nacht (1946) and Jacques Becker's Goldhelm (1952) with partners such as Édith Piaf and Simone Signoret made him famous .

In 1950 he briefly returned to the theater for a "dream role" in Albert Camus ' Die Gerechten . In the same year he excelled as a seducer in Max Ophüls ' film art work Der Reigen . He celebrated success in some French film noirs , such as Jean-Pierre Melville's The Devil in the White Vest (1962) and Costa-Gavras ' Murder Included in the Fare (1965).

In the meantime, Reggiani met Jacques Canetti , who persuaded him to make his debut as a chansonnier with chansons by Boris Vian . The chansonnière Barbara , who caused a sensation in Germany and France with her Göttingen song, helped him get stuck in this new career from 1965 onwards. Actually a comedian by type, Reggiani was able to give his interpretations of the songs of Georges Moustakis and Jacques Prévert an unmistakably individual tone. This vocal "honesty" and expressiveness brought him full concert halls, especially in the 1970s. Awarded the Grand Prix in 1968, he ended this career in 1980 after having to cope with his son's suicide.

In the last years of his life, Serge Reggiani turned increasingly to the visual arts. He worked as an amateur painter and as a promoter of young talent. Most recently, the Paris gallery Vekav brought out an exhibition with pictures by the artist. Reggiani died of a heart attack in Paris on Thursday, July 22, 2004, at the age of 82. He was buried on the Cimetière Montparnasse . His films and chanson interpretations of Les Loups sont entrés dans Paris , Moustaki's Ma solitude to Vian's Le Déserteur will remain.


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