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Myriam Bru, Horst Buchholz

German postcard by Krüger, no. 902/94. Photo: Sam Levin.

 

Horst Buchholz (1933-2003) was the James Dean of the German Cinema. ‘Hotte’ was typecasted as a rebellious teenager in the late 1950s. He appeared in over sixty films between 1952 and 2002 and is now best remembered as the Mexican gunfighter Chico in The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges, 1960).

 

French actress Myriam Bru (1932) appeared in some 15 European film productions of the 1950s. She was the wife of Horst Buchholz.

 

Myriam Bru was born in 1932, in Paris, France. Her jewish father was killed by the Nazis in camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. When she was 19 Myriam made her film debut in the Italian production Puccini (1953, Carmine Gallone, Glauco Pellegrini), about the life of composer Giacomo Puccini, played by Gabriele Ferzetti. The following years she appeared in Italian and French films like Eran trecento/They Were 300 (1952, Gian Paolo Callegari) starring Rosanno Brazzi, Ti ho sempre amato!/I Always Loved You (1953, Mario Costa) with Amedeo Nazzari, the comedy Une fille dans le soleil/A Girl in the Sun (1953, Maurice Cam), and the melodrama Appassionatamente (1954, Giacomo Gentilomo).In 1955 she starred in Casa Ricordi/House of Ricordi (1955, Carmine Gallone). Told in pageantlike fashion, Casa Ricordi is the story of the Ricordi family, the most prestigious music publishers in Italy. It was the Ricordis who, for better or worse, came up with the ‘royalty’ concept, paying artists, including Verdi, Donizetti, Puccini, Bellini and Rossini, for their work in perpetuity.

 

Myriam Bru next appeared opposite director Vittorio de Sica in Vacanze a Ischia (1957, Mario Camerini). In 1958 she played a leading role opposite German film star Horst Buchholz in Auferstehung/Resurrection (1958, Rolf Hansen), based on a story by Leo Tolstoi. The two stars fell in love and married the same year. Bru then retired and focussed herself on her family. Her last film role was in Nella Città l'Inferno/Hell in the City (1959, Renato Castellani), a clever melodrama starring Anna Magnani as a hardbitten prostitute whose immorality rubs off on a naive woman (Giulietta Masina) in a women's prison. The story was based on Isa Mari's 1953 novel Roma, Via delle Mantellate. Myriam Bru and Horst Buchholz stayed married till his death in 2003, although they lived seperately during the last years. They had a son, actor/director Christopher Buchholz, and a daughter, Beatrice Buchholz. Myriam Bru appeared in the documentary Christopher made about his father, Horst Buchholz... mein Papa/Horst Buchholz…My Dad (2005, Christopher Buchholz, Sandra Hacker). Myriam Bru now manages an actor’s agency in Paris.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, All Movie Guide, and IMDb.

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