The very astonishing tomb of Jean Marais

Renowned actor and stuntman, Jean Marais (December 11, 1913 - November 8, 1998) was also a very talented director, painter, writer, potter and sculptor.
He was also the companion of Jean Cocteau.
His tomb located in the Old Cemetery of Vallauris is really very astonishing.
Conceived by the actor himself, it was inspired by the film "Beauty and the Beast" by Jean Cocteau in which he plays the role of the Beast.
Framed by two masks with the effigy of the actor in the film, the tomb is surmounted by a sphinx with deer horns and mermaid tail.

 

Jean Marais and Vallauris

Jean Marais lived in Vallauris from 1980 until his death in November 1998. In 1973, he had met the Pasquali family, Jo Pasquali becoming in a way the potter of the artist and the actor going so far as to make the couple his sole heirs.

His apprenticeship in ceramic art led him to get closer to Vallauris and its "city of potters" where he opened his first gallery in 1975. In 1980, he decided to settle in Vallauris and became actively involved in local life. He will thus realize fifteen years during the posters of the Pottery Festival and will offer the statue "La Rebellissière" which thrones today in the lower part of the city. Honorary citizen of the city, Jean Marais died on November 08, 1998.

 

Old Cemetery of Vallauris,

Allée du Souvenir Français,

06220 Vallauris

 

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Jean Marais : Le Bien-aimé (

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Jean Marais : homme, artiste ou héros, celui que l'on surnomma " le Bien-Aimé " charma au sens magique du terme des générations d'hommes et de femmes.Jean Cocteau dira de lui : " Cette adhésion de Marais à mon style est si puissante qu'il relève du singulier pouvoir des feuilles qui savent prendre forme d'insectes. " De leur rencontre naîtra une alliance du génie et de la beauté, mais aussi et surtout une communion d'âmes.Epousant pleinement son époque, jean Marais ne redoute rien ni personne : il vit en marge des conventions sexuelles et rosse un critique collaborationniste pendant la guerre. Après avoir été l'interprète au théâtre et au cinéma de héros classiques (L'Eternel Retour, Orphée, L'Aigle à deux têtes), il n'hésite pas à opérer un tournant de carrière avec les films de cape et d'épée, dans lesquels il excellera : Ruy Blas, Le Bossu, Le Capitan feront de lui une immense vedette populaire.Devenu un monstre sacré, il restera pourtant toujours l'incarnation de l'ange découvert par Cocteau.Grâce à la série d'entretiens que Carole Weisweiller eut avec jean Marais en 1995, grâce au trésor des lettres qu'il écrivit quotidiennement à son ami Robert Labadie au cours des dernières années de sa vie, ce livre le fait revivre dans toute sa vérité.
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