29 May, 2012

Michael Lonsdale, an English-French actor in Angers cathedral

The Angers cathedral hosts on May 31st a famous English-French artist, Michael Lonsdale. While usually, the christian name of Mr Lonsdale is written under the English orthograph, without the dieresis on the e of Michael because its the wish of the actor. Michael Lonsdale is born from a French mother and an English officer. Soon after his birth, Michael Lonsdale lived in the Channel island of Guernsey, then in London. 

While he performed in more than a hundred movies, as much as plays, Lonsdale is bilingual and is in demand for English speaking and French productions. He is best known in the first for his parts as the villainous Sir Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond film, Moonraker, the astute French detective Lebel in The Day of the Jackal, and M. Dupont d'Ivry in the James Ivory best director of Englands lifle, The Remains of the Day.

On the 31srt, he will be the reciter of the Honeggers' oratorio, King David with the choir of Saint-Marc (who sang in the movie The Choirists). Michael Lonsdale loves as well English and French. Interwieved on France-Culture a few months ago, he said that English was a soft language with long vowels he was delighted with.

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