LINO VENTURA, AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT
A naturally gifted and legendary actor
Lino Ventura was a naturally gifted actor, one of the most familiar faces of French cinema and a man who took quite a revenge on life.
Director Jean-Pierre Melville said he could play anything. So why did he turn down so many important roles? Why did he only chose worthy characters? Why did he, somehow, limit himself?
This portrait reveals the childhood of an Italian immigrant subject to shame and humiliation. Behind the figure of a burly man is a boy with many wounds. It will inform his entire career which then appears in a different light. If the actor has limited himself, the man has fully succeeded in life.