Isabelle Adjani
Actress
Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani is a French film actress and singer of Algerian descent. Adjani has appeared in 30 films since 1970. She holds the record for most César Awards for Best Actress with five, for Possession (1981), One Deadly Summer (1983), Camille Claudel (1988), Queen Margot (1994) and Skirt Day (2009). Adjani was also given a double Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award in 1981 and a Berlin Film Festival Best Actress Award in 1989.
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French opera, theater director Chereau dies at 68
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
PARIS (AP) — Patrice Chereau, a celebrated French actor and director in film, theater and opera who was renowned for cutting-edge productions, has died, officials said Tuesday. Impassioned by the performing arts at a young age, Chereau showed breadth as a director — from his revolutionary production of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle at the 1976 Bayreuth Festival to his blood-soaked 16th-century period piece and biopic "Queen Margot," a 1994 film starring French icon Isabelle Adjani which won the Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Chereau's sparse choreography amid industrial sets of slate walls gave the tragic love story a realistic background devoid of overt symbolism.
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Marshall Fine: Xan Cassavetes Makes an Un-vampire Movie
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Xan Cassavetes didn't set out to make a vampire film. In fact, though her newest film is called Kiss of the Damned, opening today (5/3/13), she's still not convinced she has. Think of it instead as an obsessive love story, some of whose characters happen to be vampires. "To me, it's about how you navigate a combination of primal urges and intellectual and moral values," she says, sitting in a West Village coffee shop. "The question is amplified when it's posed with vampires in the world. But they're the questions I live with every day, questions that interest me a lot." Her vampires are as much about lust as bloodlust, in this story of a woman (Josephine del la Baume) who seduces/is seduced by a screenwriter (Milo Ventimiglia). The relationship -- and perhaps the entire vampire world -- is threatened by the conflict that arises with the arrival of her sister. The film is as much about flesh as blood, and about the power dynamics of sex. "The movie that influenced ...
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Get Out of the Subway, Isabelle!
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
This Possession movie is nuts, man. by Ned Lannamann FANS OF MINDFUCK CINEMA shouldn't miss this weekend's screening of a new, uncut 35mm print of Possession, Andrzej Żulawski's 1981 exploration of jealousy and madness. Made in the aftermath of a messy divorce and Żulawski's exile from his native Poland, it's a movie so relentlessly strange and so soul-shatteringly unnerving that it defies synopsis. But here goes: Anna (Isabelle Adjani) tells her husband Mark (Sam Neill) that she has been seeing someone else. He goes crazy and confronts the lover; she hides out in a secret apartment from both men. When Mark hires a private eye to trail her, something unspeakably horrific is revealed. To say more is both spoilerish and pointless: Possession's plot progresses in a way that can only be interpreted by the subconscious. Dreams become reality and terrors are both vocalized and visualized; the film shifts between Anna and Mark's perspectiv ...
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Big B admires Preity's guts, drive
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
MUMBAI: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is all praises for Preity Zinta’s frankness and her guts to survive in a “cruel” world without any help. “I have always admired Preity for her drive and guts in a world that can be most cruel to a single girl. But just look at the way she has managed her career, all alone, without any traditional assistance from the industry,” Amitabh wrote on his blog bigb.bigadda.com. “She is frank and painfully honest and outspoken to the ‘o’, and that is an admirable quality for a girl that had to face some rather tragic and unfortunate events very early in her life.” “She put her hand into business, knew nothing about it, but was determined to educate herself. So she went across to US for a short course in business management at a prestigious college (Harvard Business School) and came back wiser, educated and a lot more confident and not for a moment keeping too far away from her profession of choice – films!” he added. T ...
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Director Prem Raj with Isabelle Adjani - Bollywood Miscellaneous Pictures
Bollywood Mantra - over 4 years
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Isabelle Adjani in Mumbai!
The Times of India - over 4 years
The French actress is coming to India to shoot for her first Indian film
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'Ishtar': Seven Myths Regarding The Legendary Flop
Moviefone Blog - almost 5 years
"If all of the people who hate 'Ishtar' had seen it, I would be a rich woman today." So said Elaine May in 2006, two decades after the Warren Beatty-Dustin Hoffman comedy she wrote and directed had become synonymous with "extravagant flop." (The film grossed $14.4 million on a $55 million budget.) Up until May 22, 1987 (the day it opened in theaters, 25 years ago), advance buzz on "Ishtar" was contentious; it was either a brilliant comic masterpiece or a textbook case of overreach on the part of two giant Hollywood egos to whom no one could say, "No." After the film's release... same thing. To this day, the movie is roundly mocked for its alleged awfulness (often by people who've never seen it), while a passionate cult of fans insists it's a lost work of misunderstood genius that never got its proper due from critics or moviegoers. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. The movie is far from being unwatchable, as its detractors complain; nor is it as unrelentingly funny as its s ...
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Happy Birthday, Daniel Day-Lewis!
Popeater - almost 5 years
Happy birthday, Daniel Day-Lewis! The actor, hailed as one of the greatest of our time, celebrates his 55th today. Day-Lewis, son of Anglo-Irish poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon, started working on the British stage after graduating from the Bristol Old Vic theatre school, which he chose to attend over an apprenticeship in carpentry, his competing passion during secondary school. He first garnered attention in film for his 1985 portrayal of Johnny, a gay man in an interracial relationship, in "My Beautiful Laundrette." He then played Cecil, the cultivated fiance of Helena Bonham Carter in the adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel "A Room With A View." The films premiered in New York simultaneously, wowing critics who hailed Day-Lewis' impressive range. Day-Lewis is known for his somewhat extreme preparation for his roles. For example, he spent two days and nights in a prison cell without food or water to prepare for the role of Gerry Conlon in "In the ...
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Preity to choose between IPL and Ishkq In Paris
Bollywood Hungama - almost 5 years
APreity Zinta wouldn't have imagined that her shooting schedule for Ishkq In Paris would be set up in such a way that she would have to choose between that and her other professional commitment of IPL. However, now she is finding herself in the middle of this dilemma, what with French actress Isabelle Adjani arriving in Mumbai for the film's shoot in the same fortnight when things would be peaking up on IPL as well. "Things were all good on Ishkq In Paris when she went to France a couple of months back and wrapped up a major schedule there. Her idea was to come back in time for IPL as she wanted to do only one thing at a time so that she can entirely dedicate herself on the task. However the second schedule has turned out to be such that she would now have to work on the film and also closely track IPL. Obviously she isn't very happy about the situation but Isabelle's visit has turned out to be in such a manner that there is no other way out", says a source. ...
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Isabelle Adjani, French Actress, Modeled For Vogue Editorial
The Huffington Post - about 5 years
"A Look Back" is a daily column that highlights a moment from fashion's fabulous past. Today's pick is of French model/actress <a class="fplink fp-121753" href="/isabelle+adjani+1">Isabelle Adjani</a> during a photoshoot for Vogue. Gorgeous! More...
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What's On Today
NYTimes - over 5 years
8 P.M. (TCM) 50 YEARS OF MERCHANT IVORY In 1961 the producer Ismail Merchant and the director James Ivory formed Merchant Ivory Productions with the intention of making English-language films in India for an international market. Soon the company was generating acclaim for elegant adaptations of works by Henry James and E. M. Forster created on
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"Miasto Boga" i "Mój Nikifor" - Gazeta Wyborcza
Google News - over 5 years
Bruce Robinson, Isabelle Adjani, Sylvia Marriott, Joseph Blatchley (94 min) Rok 1863. Halifax. Adela, najmłodsza córka francuskiego pisarza Wiktora Hugo, pragnie odzyskać uczucie porucznika Pinsona (Bruce Robinson). Przyjeżdża za nim do Nowej Szkocji,
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Flashback : les débuts d'Isabelle Adjani, ses premières couvertures - Pure People
Google News - over 5 years
Nous finissons la semaine de la meilleure des manières avec une légende du cinéma français : Isabelle Adjani. L&#39;actrice, qui a commencé sa carrière à 14 ans, compte aujourd&#39;hui plus de 40 ans dans le métier. Après Catherine Deneuve et Brigitte Bardot,
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Dali et Lancel, main dans la main - LeVifWeekend.be
Google News - over 5 years
Bien avant de confier son savoir-faire aux envies d&#39;Isabelle Adjani et de Brigitte Bardot, Lancel avait compris le potentiel commercial et créatif à s&#39;entourer de célébrités iconiques. En 1970, la maroquinerie collaborait ainsi avec Salvador Dalí
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Le film de votre soirée : La reine Isabelle Adjani entre larmes, sang et passion - Pure People
Google News - over 5 years
A la douceur du film Chacun cherche son chat de Klapisch succèdent la violence et la passion de La Reine Margot incarnée par l&#39;impératrice Isabelle Adjani, pour votre soirée-télé du 24 août, sur Ciné+ Emotion. Inspiré du roman éponyme d&#39;Alexandre Dumas
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Série d'été (6/6) : du comportement à adopter en cas de rumeur - nouvelobs.com
Google News - over 5 years
Photo d&#39;Isabelle Adjani au journal de 20 heures de TF1, le 18 janvier 1987. AFP La rumeur est &quot;une expression d&#39;angoisse, de désirs, de questionnement existentiel&quot;, selon Axel Grysperdt et Annabelle Klein dans leur ouvrage &quot;La galaxie des rumeurs&quot;
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Juliette Binoche succède à Isabelle Adjani et s'explique avec Depardieu - Pure People
Google News - over 5 years
Juliette Binoche sur les pas d&#39;Isabelle Adjani ? Les deux figures féminines du cinéma français et international vont partager un nom dans leurs filmographies respectives : celui de Camille Claudel. En 1988, Isabelle Adjani incarne la sculptrice et
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MoMA Announces Roman Polanski Retrospective and Fall Film Exhibitions Schedule - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
With Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, Shelley Winters. Polanski stars in a semi-autobiographical film that oscillates between Kafkaesque horror and surreal humor. 125 min. 8:00 Pirates. 1986. France/Tunisia
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Isabelle Adjani
    FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 54
    In addition to specific awards for particular films, Adjani was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur on 14 July 2010 for her artistic contributions.
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    She was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 2010, and a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details After success in at the Comédie-Française, Adjani's lauded performance as Adele Hugo in the 1975 film The Story of Adele H., earned her the first of two nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her second nomination for Camille Claudel, made her the first French actress to receive two nominations. She also won Best Actress at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival for Possession and Quartet, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 1989 Berlin Film Festival for Camille Claudel. Her other films include The Tenant (1976), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Subway (1985), Diabolique (1996) and French Women (2014). Adjani was born in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, to a German Catholic mother from Bavaria and an Algerian Kabyle father from Iferhounène, Kabylie. Adjani's mother, Emma Augusta Schweinberger (died February 2007), called "Gusti", met Adjani's father, Mohammed Adjani, near the end of World War II, when he was in the French Army. They married and she returned with him to Paris, not speaking a word of French.
  • 2009
    Age 53
    It was premiered on the French Arte channel on 20 March 2009, attaining a record 2.2 million viewers) and then in movie theaters on 25 March 2009.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 38
    She received her fourth César for the 1994 film Queen Margot, an ensemble epic directed by Patrice Chéreau.
    More Details Hide Details She received her fifth César for Skirt Day (2009), the most that any actress has received. The film features her as a middle school teacher in a troubled French suburb who takes her class hostage when she accidentally fires off a gun she found on one of her students.
  • 1989
    Age 33
    From 1989 to 1995, she had a relationship with Daniel Day-Lewis, who left before the birth of their son, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, in 1995. Adjani was later engaged to the composer Jean Michel Jarre; they broke up in 2004.
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  • 1988
    Age 32
    In 1988, she co-produced and starred in a biopic of the sculptor Camille Claudel.
    More Details Hide Details She received her third César and second Oscar nomination for her role in the film, becoming the first French actress to receive two Oscar nominations. The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Following this recognition, she was chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 27
    In 1983, she won her second César for her depiction of a vengeful woman in the French blockbuster One Deadly Summer.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Adjani released the French pop album Pull marine, written and produced by Serge Gainsbourg. She starred in a music video for the hit title song, "Pull Marine", which was directed by Luc Besson.
  • 1981
    Age 25
    In 1981, she received a double Cannes Film Festival's Best Actress award for her roles in the Merchant Ivory film Quartet, based on the novel by Jean Rhys, and in the horror film Possession (1981).
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she received her first César Award for Possession, in which she had portrayed a woman having a nervous breakdown.
  • 1979
    Age 23
    She played Lucy in the German director Werner Herzog's 1979 remake of Nosferatu which was well-received critically and performed well at box offices in Europe.
    More Details Hide Details Roger Ebert loved the film, calling Herzog's casting of Adjani one of his "masterstrokes" in the film. He wrote that she "is used here not only for her facial perfection but for her curious quality of seeming to exist on an ethereal plane." The cast and the crew filmed both English- and German-language versions simultaneously upon request of 20th Century Fox, the American distributor. as Kinski and Ganz could act more confidently in their native language.
  • 1978
    Age 22
    She quickly received offers for roles in Hollywood films, such as Walter Hill's 1978 crime thriller The Driver.
    More Details Hide Details She had previously turned down the chance to star in films like The Other Side of Midnight. She had described Hollywood as a "city of fiction" and said, "I'm not an American. I didn't grow up with that will to win an award." Truffaut on the other hand said, "France is too small for her. I think Isabelle is made for American cinema." She agreed to make The Driver because she was an admirer of Hill's first film Hard Times. Adjani said: I think he is wonderful, very much in the tradition of Howard Hawks, lean and spare. The story is contemporary but also very stylized, and the roles that Ryan and I play are like Bogart and Bacall. We are both gamblers in our souls and we do not show our emotions or say a lot. For us, talk is cheap. I am really quite a mysterious girl in this film, with no name and no background. And I must say that it is restful not to have a life behind me; this way, I don't have to dig deep to play the part. All I know is that life for me is gambling and I am a loser. I have what people call a poker face.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 18
    After minor roles in several films, she enjoyed modest success in the 1974 film La Gifle (The Slap), which François Truffaut saw.
    More Details Hide Details He immediately cast her in her first major role in his The Story of Adèle H. (1975) which he had finished writing five years prior. Critics praised her performance, with the American critic Pauline Kael describing her acting talents as "prodigious". Only 19 when she made the film, Adjani was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar, making her the youngest best actress nominee at the time (a record she held for over 30 years).
  • 1972
    Age 16
    She first gained fame as a classical actress at the Comédie française, which she joined in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details She was praised for her interpretation of Agnès, the main female role in Molière's L'École des femmes. She soon left the theatre to pursue a film career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on June 27, 1955.
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