An investigation into the child star who became an icon of the movie

“I’m hitting my life hard,” were the words of Romy Snyder, who, 40 years after his death, echoed a painful past scattered with loss. To understand who will become one of the best German icons at the center of French-speaking cinema, you need to go back to its source. The daughter of actress Magda Snyder and Wolf Albach-Reti, the young Rosemary Magdalena Albach, better known as Romy Snyder, was predestined to follow in her mother’s footsteps from birth, herself a star of Austrian cinema in the 1930s. 6 performed very impressively Inside Libellei (A love story (In French) in 1933, she was a good actress and wanted to act Romeo “, we are sure The author of the book is Emanuel Bonini The real Romy Snyder.

Meanwhile, during its integration into the Goldenstein Girls Boarding School in 1949, the young Romy Snyder stood apart. Due to her strong temperament and her great ambition, she took her first steps as an actress by participating in shows in front of her young friends. He only had to wait until 1954 to enter the big leagues with his first film. When will the white leela bloom again By Hans Depp. “His hearing was amazing. Her father told her, ‘You are not beautiful, but you are captive to the light, unlike anyone else.’ He was very photogenic”, Explained the biographer. An emerging chemistry between the camera and the 15-year-old that will follow her until her last breath.

Two years after her acting debut, the young German is embodied on the big screen – in what some consider to be the biggest role of her life – the Empress of Austria aka Sisi The Young Years of a Queen. A character that will push him to the front of the stage … but at what cost? If the first composition was a successful starvation for Romy Snyder, the shooting of parts 2 and 3 would have been more laborious. “He wanted to give something else at a very young age. His mother told him that he should not be involved in any of the roles, but that money was at stake, “said Emanuel Bonini.

In the wake of this international success, young Romy Snyder aspires to do something even bigger. Luckily or not, director Pierre Gaspard-Whit intends to shoot a remake of the film. Libellei Who was crowned Madga Snyder twenty years ago. To start again in the next character, who is better than his own daughter? After his arrival in France, Romy Snyder met his future stage partner – and future lover – Alain Dylan. Contrary to all expectations, love at first sight was not immediate, quite the opposite. Emmanuel Bonini reminds us, “They were very different. But what does the opposition attract? On March 22, 1959, Romy Snyder and Alain Dylan got engaged wisely.

An actress in the shadow of Alain Dylan

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Now involved with Alain Dylan, Romy Snyder describes himself as “his wife.” After becoming “Nordy”, the public no longer showed much interest in the young German, who became the shadow of her boyfriend. “It simply came to our notice then. What is certain is that he opened the door of France for her. It was good for him “, Emanuel Bonini explained before qualifying:” But he was enrolled, it’s very difficult. He had no more offers. Dylan miraculously came to the movies when he was an actress at heart. He needed it. “

It will eventually be director Lucino Visconti who will allow him to reconnect successfully. In 1961, Romy Schneider and Alain Delon starred in the play again Too bad she’s a whore. A new practice for youngsters who are not accustomed to playing in front of spectators. If success is there, it would not be without trouble for Romy Snyder. Between Visconti and Romeo – later renamed Romina – tensions and arguments begin. “He was a man who felt the possibility, someone unique. He was terrible, “explained Emanuel Bonini. Nevertheless, when Romy Snyder gets his first Caesar, he will dedicate it to the director.

Revival of Romy Snyder

Back in front of the stage, Romy Snyder left for Uncle Sam’s country after starring in the play Seagull By Anton Chekhov. Although rarely known across the Atlantic, the Germans were portrayed under the direction of several great American directors, including Orson Wells. JudgmentCarl Foreman In The winnersWith Otto Preminger Basic And Your husband lend me By David Swift At this point some rumors of disbelief reached his ears. His fianc Aline Dylan will laugh with a certain Nathalie. Disappointed, the young woman does not take this supposed idol seriously, she firmly believes in their engagement.

Unexpectedly, Cheetah will leave him a few weeks later in a fifteen-page farewell letter. The following year, in 1964, Allen would be the father of a son named Dylan Anthony. For the Germans a stabbing is the strongest of all who can cause an abortion in their baby at the beginning of their roar.

Romy Snyder, who said that “nothing is cooler than dead love”, grabs his acting career to overcome his ruthless abandonment. He will be shooting in a feature film What’s up, Puscat? Then in 1965 by Cliver Donner It’s half past ten in the summer In addition to Jules Dassin Fantastic true story By Eddie Chapman. In 1966, she married Harry Meyen, director of Cap-Fera. This same year, Romy Snyder will definitely relinquish the role of young girl to the mother. After the birth of her son David.

“Swimming Pool” or film of maturity

Some would say that this is the most beautiful performance on screen between Alain Dylan and Romy Snyder. Feature film Swimming poolBy Jacques Deray, above all The reunion of maturity between two lovers who have each developed differently. It must be said that Alain Dylan “hit the actress so hard that she knew she would have no future”, reports Emanuel Bonini.

A reunion was made possible thanks to the actor who insisted on getting the title role after his ex-fianc suffered Brigitte Bardot’s rejection. Indeed, despite his stubbornness, Allen Dylan left his seat in La Madras empty-handed.

“All the conditions were met to make it a legendary film. He had to fight to change, to free himself. She struggled to be seen as an actress, not as a star “, explains the biographer. Have fun together on the pool side in the middle of the shot.

An actress with complex energy relationships

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“I have my peak behind me, I don’t say sarcastically, because I really believe an actress is at her top in twenty-five.”, Said actress Romy Schneider, her 35th birthday year. And yet, the actress is far from doubting the many successful films that will surely attribute her success to France. His passport to the popular movie came with the 1972 film Caesar and Rosalie. Like all previous directors who had the opportunity to film with Romy Snyder, Claude Soutet (with whom the actress had already filmed) Things of life 1969) The actress had to deal with bleeding and emotion.

I have to say The star was all good when he pushed his limits. “She said she wanted a man to be violent with her. She needed her report. She was nervous and in constant need of affection. With director Claude Chabrall, it was hell. He gave her instructions and then he went to play cards and she went crazy.” He will go because he has not seen his game, “explained Emanuel Bonini.

Already during his collaboration with Henry-Georges Clujet Hell In 1964, Romy Snyder confronted a director with a deadly method. “He discovered something else. With him, either we made progress or we broke down.” The same story happened in 1975, when the actress worked under the direction of director Andrej Uzulsky The important thing is love. “Alain Dylan said he was already very “broken” at this point in his life And it was not necessary for him to act in such films, “the biographer explained, adding:” But he was the one who needed it. He needed it. “

Actor Jean-Louis Trintigant says of him: “Romy was unhappy when things went very well. When he shot, he was dying. Various dramas of his life were reflected on the screenThe biographer reports in his book, The real Romy Snyder. An experimental film from which she will emerge as the big winner after winning Caesar for Best Actress in 1976. The strong, tiring role that has often pushed her to the brink, the actress has had a lot of experience. He doesn’t have to wait long before he finally falls into a hellish sphere that is almost impossible to cross …

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