Yves Montand, star of French cinema

Although Yves Montand is considered one of the stars of French cinema, he was born in Monsummano Terme, Italy, on 13 October 1921. That same year his family had to flee to France to escape from the fascist regime in Italy. They settled in Marseilles, where Montand discovered his passion for stage.

Yves Montand in "Le Cercle Rouge"

In 1938, he had his first performance as a warm-up artist in a music hall. It was also then that the seventeen-year-old Ivo Livi adopted the stage name “Yves Montand”, which is how his mother used to call him when it was time to go home: “Ivo! Monta!” (Ivo! Upstairs!).  Yves became an instant success.

Poster of a film with Yves Montand

In 1939 he gave his first major concert at the Alcazar, where he performed his own song Dans les plaines du Far West. After the Second World War put a halt to his singing career, he was rediscovered by legendary Edith Piaf, who became his mentor and his lover.

Film with Yves Montand

Montand won hearts of millions both as a singer and an actor. His performances at the Théâtre de l’Etoile and the roles in Le Salaire de la peur and Jean de Florette brought him international fame and recognition.



2 thoughts on “Yves Montand, star of French cinema

    1. Dear Brigitte,
      Even though we would really like to publish our blog in various languages, unfortunately we do not have the resources to do so. But we are try­ing our best, so we have pro­vided a trans­la­tion tool on the blog, which you used to translate the article. Of course the trans­la­tions are rough, but hope­fully they give you a good idea about the posts.
      You are also more than wel­come to cor­rect the trans­la­tions and post them as com­ments. Our French-speaking read­ers will appre­ci­ate that.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.