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Yul Brynner

Photographer and actor

© Yul Brynner

25 summers in deauville

With his smooth skull and his glance of dark velvet, Yul Brynner left a lasting mark on his silhouette, the cinema of the 50s and 70s. The Cosmopolitan Actor, popularized by The Magnificent Seven ou The ten Commandments, has always retained its attachment to France where he had lived from 1934 to 1941. At the dawn of the 60s, after having filmed The Testament of Orpheus under the direction of Jean Cocteau, he acquired in the heart of the Pays d'Auge The Manor of Cricquebeuf, in Bonnebosq, twenty kilometers from Deauville. It was at this same time that he became passionate about photography.

For more than 25 years, the geographical proximity of his summer house to the Cité des Planches will make Yul Brynner, accompanied by Doris, his second wife, a very present personality in Deauville. Photographer inspired by his abundant summer activity and its events, he will be both one of the actors and one of the privileged witnesses. From 1959 to 1985, he never misses an opportunity to take remarkable portraits or mood photos on set. The accomplice friend of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Jacques Henri Lartigue, will immortalize with his Leica, the major events of the Deauville summer: Françoise Sagan and Sophie Litvak at the races (1961), Elie de Rothschild playing polo… The shooting oflove-you Brahms ?, film by Otto Preminger with Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins and Yves Montand. 

A privileged witness to the creation of the American Cinema Festival, he will receive a tribute during the fourth edition, in 1980, when one of the lists of baths in Les Planches will be given his name.