Jean Gabin - the epitome of French cinema

The thin lips bear witness to the wounds of life. You only die once, they say. “‘One dies many times,” Jean Gabin replies on the screen. The voice of Jean Gabin is truthful. It is the voice of his gaze, his gestures. Everything belongs together. Jean Gabin is synchronously from head to toe. The most fragile and the most robust actor:  austere like red wine, simple like a bloodstain and sometimes cheerful like a glass of white wine. He plays as in life, as in secret, mysterious and dreamed life. Jean Gabin is the clarity in person, the clarity of a man who publicly plays his role for so many people, which mostly play their roles secretly and very poorly. Jean Gabin - always one and the same, always Jean Gabin.

(Jacques Prevert)