A subdued centennial for Yves Montand

A subdued centennial for Yves Montand


norman lebrecht

November 12, 2021

The first non-opera singer ever to command an audience at the Medtropolitan Opera in New York, Yves Montand was born in Italy on October 13, 1921 and died on a French film-set on November 9, 1991.

His life is being celebrated in an exhibition in Marseille but there are few other commemorations of oe of France’s biggest stars.


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  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    Great singer and great actor. He’s certainly the only in France who did realy both things. Also a complicate man with few controversies.

    • V. Lind says:


      • Concertgebouw79 says:

        Great singer. He partipated in few very good films but not many. Or he was a small supporting actors like in the german film with the ittle drum. Montand did several masterpices of the french cinéma like Le Salaire de la peur or Le Cercle rouge. Both films are french monuments in France and outside.

    • Anoynmous says:

      Well his step-daughter did accuse him of incestuous abuse. I’m not validating her claims, but it does surround him with a certain air of controversy.

    • LP says:

      There are or were other actors/singers in France. Aznavour as already mentioned but also Serge Reggiani, Guy Marchand, Patrick Bruel, Charlotte Gainsbourg and maybe to a lesser degree Lambert Wilson. And I am forgetting some.

  • Nigel Goldberg says:

    Sadly, a lost age of chanson

  • E says:

    He is well celebrated here, with
    these three chansons! Memories from childhood.

  • Amos says:

    A philanderer, cinematic bore and possessor of a voice which is both unlistenable and redefines affectation. Then again the French thought that Jerry Lewis was the entertainment heir apparent to Chaplin.

    • Colin says:

      “…..possessor of a voice which is both unlistenable and redefines affectation.”

      Your opinion on this is noted.

  • Alexander T says:

    Not that French at all.
    Born Ivo Livi in Italy to Italian parents.

  • henry williams says:

    he was good in the film grand prix
    he played a driver

  • Paganono says:

    He was Italian, born in Italy.