It was perhaps not a mouth atmosphere, but had a heart of artichoke. There is no doubt on the question, to read the missives that sent Arletty at her lover, Hans Jürgen Soehring, during the war. They met on 25 march 1941. “I made the acquaintance of a young man, singularly handsome, and of a profound indifference that was to change my life,” wrote Arletty a few years later in his memoirs. She was 43 years old, he had ten less. It was the French of Paris, himself a German born in Istanbul. It the actress’s most admired and best-paid French actor, voice cheeky and port of the queen, him the officer of the Luftwaffe, the son of a diplomat, quoting Goethe and physical dream come true for a Third Reich triumphant.

“I made the acquaintance of a young man, singularly handsome, and of a profound indifference that was to change my life.”

Arletty

Denis Demonpion, already author of a biography of Arletty, but also that of Michel Houellebecq and Salinger ( Salinger intimate. Investigation on the author of “The Catcher of hearts” , published by Robert Laffont, Goncourt for biography in the beginning …

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