Three Rooms in Manhattan
Robert De Niro's first movie role, in collaboration with Brian De Palma, was in 1963 at the age of 20, when he appeared opposite his friend Jill Clayburgh in The Wedding Party; however, the film was not released until 1969. Since then, De Niro has starred in 25 New York based films, which is more than any other actor. Famous titles include Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Limitless, Awakenings, Once Upon a Time in America and Righteous Kill.
A New York based film that has been forgotten from the filmography of De Niro is the 1965 French drama, “Trois Chambres à Manhattan” also known as “Three Rooms in Manhattan”, where he played an uncredited part as a client sitting in a diner. Adapted from a novel by Georges Simenon, Three Rooms in Manhattan tells the story of a young French actor, François Combe played by Maurice Ronet when he moves to New York to work for a television company. One evening whilst in a bar, he meets an attractive young woman, Kay Larsi played by Annie Girardot. She is as lost and unhappy as he is, alone after her friend and flatmate Jessie left her. François and Kay become lovers, initially renting a room in a hotel before moving into François’s apartment. When François finds out that Kay is not only the wife of a diplomat, but also a wealthy countess who ran off with a gigolo, he begins to have doubts about the relationship.
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