Today is the 77th birthday of French film star Alain Delon (1935). He was a breathtakingly good-looking parasite in the sundrenched thriller Plein soleil/Purple Noon (1960, René Clément). The 'male Brigitte Bardot' proved to be a magnificent actor in masterpieces as Rocco e i suoi fratelli/Rocco and His Brothers (1960, Luchino Visconti) and L'Eclisse/The Eclipse (1962, Michelangelo Antonioni). Today, Delon is maybe best known as the calm, psychopathic hoodlum in Le Samouraï/The Godson (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville), staring into the camera like a cat assessing a mouse. Joyeux anniversaire, monsieur Delon!
East-German postcard by VEB Progress Film-Vertrieb, Berlin, 1967. retail price: 0,20 MDN.Photo: publicity still for Rocco e i suoi fratelli/Rocco and his brothers (1960, Luchino Visconti).
French postcard by Editions P.I., no. 1004. Offered by Les Carbones Korès 'Carboplane'. Photo: Sam Lévin.
Dutch postcard by Uitg. Takken, Utrecht, no. 3980. Photo: N.V. Meteor Film / Speva / Play Art Prod. Publicity still for Christine/Liebelei.
French postcard by Editions P.I., no. 1026. Photo: Sam Lévin.
German postcard by ISV, no. H 25.
French postcard by Editions P.I., Paris, no. CK 299 (French licency holder for Universum-Film A.G. (Ufa)). Photo: Sam Lévin.
Spanish postcard by Bergas Ind. Graf., no. 572.
Dutch postcard by 't Sticht, Utrecht, no. 6176.
French postcard by Mexichrome, no. 13. Photo: Sam Lévin.