A French cinema legend says goodbye
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Remembering Jean Rochefort, 1930-2017
 

Remembering Jean Rochefort, 1930-2017

 
With 120 films to his name, the French actor Jean Rochefort spent a lot of time with other people's words in his mouth. But all of his best lines? Those always happened off-script. Six quotes from the mustachioed man whose humor, warmth, and onscreen presence charmed everyone in France - from Brigitte Bardot to the 55-year-old dairy farmer next door. 


"I have sometimes been wrong, but always with conviction."

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"I have a taste for others."

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"To entertain others, you've got to be in pain yourself. You have to let yourself get a little battered, a little bruised."

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"I feel I need to tell you all this: when you stop learning things,
you're fucked."

 
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"Death? I feel it coming, and there are moments when I'm happy that it is. The body seeks it out, and sometimes the mind does, too. Not to be a downer."

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​"To you who enters into my heart: pay no attention to the mess." 
 
 
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