Jeanne Moreau
Actress, screenwriter, film director
Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau is a French actress, singer, screenwriter and director. She is the recipient of a César Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress and a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for individual performances, and several lifetime awards. Moreau made her theatrical debut in 1947, and established herself as one of the leading actresses of the Comédie-Française.
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Review: 'Elevator to the Gallows': A legendary Louis Malle film returns to the big screen
LATimes - 6 months
“Elevator to the Gallows” is as elegantly fatalistic as it sounds. Made in 1957, at a turning point in French cinematic history, it's saturated with the romantic atmosphere of Paris. It drew upon several major talents – director Louis Malle, star Jeanne Moreau, musician Miles Davis – and achieved...
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Film Trailer: 'Chimes at Midnight'
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Watch the film trailer for "Chimes at Midnight," starring Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau and Margaret Rutherford. Photo: Janus Films
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Maids in Cinema
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Maids in Cinema A view from the top of the stairs. By Shari Kizirian 'The Second Mother' Maids usually get the shaft in the movies. Traditionally relegated to easy sexual pickins or another kind of pitiful victim, they have also been portrayed as one-dimensional comic relief or schemers slithering beneath the stairs, tucking silver into their aprons or slipping arsenic into the mistress's tea (think the garish Eastmancolor duo in Jean Genet's The Maids). Sometimes they get a bit of real power as domineering spinster nutcases (Mrs. Danvers) but often they are the self-sacrificing kind, even the stiff-upper-lipped Mrs. Wilson in Gosford Park (with its nuanced portrait of all the English hierarchies), who wields a soupçon of household poison against the master, does so to spare her estranged son. American cinema's most longsuffering maid is the Fanny Hurst-created character in Imitation of Life who loses her light-skinned daughter to racism. She is called Delilah in the John Stah ...
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10 Things You Might Not Know About Cindy Sherman: Looking at One Untitled Film Still
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills are among the most iconic contemporary artworks. Characteristically when they're discussed and analyzed, they're considered as a series. (This is also how I have taught and written about them in the past.) I was wondering recently what might be gleaned from them if they were considered individually. This is the reality of how they're most often exhibited and reproduced now anyways. As a result, here is an extended look at Untitled Film Still #6, 1977: Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #6, 1977. Gelatin silver print. 9 7/16 x 6 1/2 inches. Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York. (This will be the first in a series of posts focusing on one work. Among the inspirations are Afterall's One Work books, Blake Gopnik's Daily Pic series, and Matthew Day Jackson's Bunker259.) #1 Sherman took this picture by herself using a tripod and a shutter release cable -- which she also did with other film stills. I had never noticed this before but in ...
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25 Favorite Quotes About Truth
Chicago Times - over 3 years
The word "truth" engraved on a wall inside the Tribune Tower. The quote in which it appears is the last one on my list. (Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune) It was a moment of truth. There I was, leading one of my first classes as a photojournalism adjunct lecturer and a student was challenging the basic facts of my syllabus. As it turns out, I was misinformed about the last day of class. My carefully prepared syllabus was indeed wrong. But I didn't know this, and everyone else in the class was silent. It was just both of us facing each other, insisting that our facts were correct. He was undeterred.  After I was mortified to find out the truth, I thought, well, he could have been nicer about it. But a friend warned me that once you become an authority, people stop telling you the truth. So the other part of me respected him and his willingness to take a stand on facts of which he was certain.  When he applied for a job at the Tribune, I was asked if I would recommend him. I did s ...
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Le droit de vote des étrangers reporté sine die?
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Une tribune parue dans Le Monde le 27 mars cosignée par la chargée de mission au ministère de la justice Sihem Souid, le militant associatif Steevy Gustave, l'historien François Durpaire, et la comédienne Jeanne Moreau et rompt avec un silence assourdissant. Le Mercredi 13 mars - le jour de l'élection du pape François - le gouvernement a listé les projets de révision constitutionnelle à venir. Seuls quatre projets de loi de révision constitutionnelle sont examinés par le Conseil des ministres. Ils concernent la réforme du Conseil supérieur de la magistrature, l'inscription de la démocratie sociale dans la Constitution, la responsabilité civile du président et des ministres devant la justice, la suppression du statut de membre de droit du Conseil constitutionnel à vie des anciens président de la République, et enfin le non-cumul entre une fonction de ministre et de responsable d'exécutif local. More...
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Jon Eig: All Time Oscars: The 10 Best Actresses in a Leading Role
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Some lists are just lists. Some lists reveal deeper truths. Then there's this one. When I sat down to compile my list of the all time greatest performances by an actress in a lead role, I went through all the steps I had gone through when putting together the other acting lists. When I got to my short list this fact hit me: Only three of my top 10 appeared in American films. I was raised on American film, and my previous lists have shown that bias. So what is it about American film that seems to deny lead actresses great parts? I mean, we created Blanche DuBois and The Women on stage, Lucy Ricardo and The Gilmore Girls on TV. But even allowing for all the omissions I will no doubt hear about, I can't find enough female counterparts in American film. I'll leave you to ponder that as I unveil the greatest performances by a leading actress (of all time!). Bibi Andersson (Persona, 1966): It would be easy to fill this list with Ingmar Bergman actresses. Liv Ullmann, in ...
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David Finkle: First Nighter: Annie Baker's Flick Delves Deep Into Lasting Silver-screen Effects
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Annie Baker is a genuine original. She's the real thing. Apparently constitutionally unable to repeat herself, she follows her joyfully received Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens and last season's Uncle Vanya version with the bold absolutely mesmerizing comic drama, The Flick. Call it unique, although Baker's influences are apparent. For two, there's Woody Allen's Radio Days and Purple Rose of Cairo about how radio and movies shape the lives of ordinary listeners, and for two more, Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels and Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso dealing with the same fascinating subject. Consciously or unconsciously, she may even have certain Edward Hopper paintings on her fertile mind. An honest reviewer must quickly concede that by its very atypical nature, the work at Playwrights Horizons may not be for everyone. Nonetheless, The Flick remains a play that significantly raises the bar on the season's offerings. And it's not Baker' ...
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Karen Ocamb: Women, Bisexuals, Lesbians: Come Out About Being Raped
Huffington Post - over 4 years
At a speech before the Center for Reproductive Rights last Wednesday, actress Tina Fey said what many women have been thinking: "If I have to listen to one more gray-faced man with a two-dollar haircut explain to me what rape is, I'm gonna lose my mind. I watch these guys and I'm like: what is happening? Am I a secretary on Mad Men?" For many women who have been sexually assaulted or raped -- including me -- listening to these gray-faced men is stomach-turning. But what's worse is realizing that there may well be those who believe Republican Rep. Todd Akin when he talked so authoritatively and ignorantly about how the body of a women subjected to "legitimate rape" would automatically prevent pregnancy. Or Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock who argued that since he believes life begins at conception, "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen." National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair John Corny ...
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The Last of Girls?
The New Republic - over 4 years
Mothers and fathers can breathe again, and leave their children of a certain age to the liberty of their own devices, and parental innocence. What age? Well, I’d suggest that it’s the under-26s, that being the new limit at which “kids” or fully grown adults, subject to STDs and other menacing acronyms, can remain on their parents’ health insurance. In the official description of the series, Girls, there was a “parental warning,” saying that elders might like to exercise caution in letting their young see the episode in question because of language, nudity, sexual content, and just the casual revelation that such things might be happening to their dear ones. In fact, the true warning was telling the parents not to watch, if they planned on sleeping or feeling good. So the first season of Girls on HBO came to a close. Will there be another season? Yes, there will be, though the chance always looms that Lena Dunham, its 26-year-old creator, writer, director, producer, and actress may be ...
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Tonight in Music: Deer or the Doe, Souvenir Driver and Dark Time Sunshine
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
DEER OR THE DOE, RADIATION CITY, POINT JUNCTURE WA (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Deer or the Doe. Jeanne Moreau E.P. by Souvenir Driver HAWKEYE, SOUVENIR DRIVER, THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD (Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) Souvenir Driver inhabits a sonic world of dreamlike disconnect, one that apparently doesn't leave a lot of time for actual dreaming. Just six months after releasing Joy, a quietly gorgeous debut album, they're back with a slim gem of an EP. In addition to not being lazy, nobody can accuse Souvenir Driver of selling themselves short: The EP takes its title from Jeanne Moreau, the greatest living French actress, an ethereal beauty as much as she is an avant-garde pioneer. On Jeanne Moreau, Souvenir Driver have cracked the hushed introspection of Joy, at times clanging straight into old-fashioned shoegaze. The best song, "Slide," is dark and noisy, with chiming guitars and undampened, though still unintelligible, vocals. The question ...
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Found Footage: “Vanilla Sky”
Heave Media - almost 5 years
Found Footage is a new column every Thursday that explores films that were either overlooked, got unfair critical treatment or are in need of critical re-evaluation, whether positively or negatively. In this column, Nico Lang will explore such topics as the constant dogpiling on Sofia Coppola and Diablo Cody, the misunderstood genius of Nicolas Cage and why Nico is so personally offended by Forrest Gump. This week: Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky. “May not emerge as the biggest disaster of the holiday movie season, if only because we haven’t yet seen all the other year-end films.  But it is a huge high-energy misfire, bringing Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Crowe to earth with a thud.” – Jay Carr, Boston Globe In a lot of ways, the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer system has revolutionized the ways in which we review movies, and made the culture of film criticism relevant in a way we haven’t seen in some time. However, the thing about film aggregate systems, about the objectificatio ...
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THE NEW SEASON DVDS; New DVDs: ‘Citizen Kane,’ ‘Going Places,’ ‘Birth of a Nation’
NYTimes - over 5 years
Citizen Kane (1941) The movie that announced Orson Welles’s arrival in thunder has, 70 years later, become almost as much a prisoner of fame as its subject. When a movie achieves the classic status this one has, when it’s credited with inspiring more filmmakers to become filmmakers than any other movie, it’s easy to revere it
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What's On Today
NYTimes - over 5 years
8 P.M. (Ovation) AMÉLIE (2001) Audrey Tautou, above, in her breakthrough role, plays a French sprite working as a waitress who lays out elaborate practical jokes as payback for those who offend her friends. When she falls in love with Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), Amélie finds herself incapable of revealing her feelings and instead turns Paris,
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This French beauty gets better with age - Republican & Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Which leaves Jeanne Moreau, born in 1928, one of the most talented French actresses and singers of the past century, best known for her role in the 1961 movie "Jules and Jim," where, after having invited her two lovers to join her for a ride,
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When was your last time? - New Straits Times
Google News - over 5 years
French actress Jeanne Moreau aptly summed it up when she said: "Although for some people, cinema means something superficial and glamorous, it is something else. I think it is the mirror of the world." If you are at a cinema, you wouldn't be disturbed
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jeanne Moreau
  • 2005
    Age 77
    In 2005, she was awarded with the Stanislavsky Award at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival.
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  • 1998
    Age 70
    Moreau is a close friend of Sharon Stone, who presented a 1998 American Academy of Motion Pictures life tribute to Moreau.
    More Details Hide Details Orson Welles called her "the greatest actress in the world", and she remains one of France's most accomplished actresses.
  • 1988
    Age 60
    Her blended accomplishments were the subject of a 1988 film profile, Calling The Shots, by Janis Cole and Holly Dale.
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  • 1983
    Age 55
    In 1983 she was head of the jury at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival.
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  • 1967
    Age 39
    Director Tony Richardson left his wife, Vanessa Redgrave, for her in 1967 but they never married.
    More Details Hide Details She has also had affairs with directors Louis Malle and François Truffaut, fashion designer Pierre Cardin, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis and Theodoros Roubanis, the Greek actor/playboy.
  • 1949
    Age 21
    After 1949, she began appearing in films with small parts but continued primarily active in the theatre for several years—a year at the Théâtre National Populaire opposite among others Gérard Philipe and Robert Hirsch, then a breakout two years in dual roles in The Dazzling Hour by Anna Bonacci, then Jean Cocteau's La Machine Infernale and others before another two-year run, this time in Shaw's Pygmalion.
    More Details Hide Details From the late 1950s, after appearing in several successful films, she began to work with the emerging generation of French film-makers. Elevator to the Gallows (1958) with first-time director Louis Malle was followed by Malle's The Lovers (Les Amants, 1959). The latter film, controversial in its day, led the media to tag her 'The New Bardot'. Largely thanks to those films, Moreau went on to work with many of the best known New Wave and avant-garde directors. François Truffaut's New Wave film Jules et Jim (1962), her biggest success internationally, is centred on her magnetic starring role. She has also worked with a number of other notable directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni (La notte and Beyond the Clouds), Orson Welles (The Trial, Chimes at Midnight and The Immortal Story), Luis Buñuel (Diary of a Chambermaid), Elia Kazan (The Last Tycoon), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Querelle), Wim Wenders (Until the End of the World), Carl Foreman (Champion and The Victors), and Manoel de Oliveira (Gebo et l'Ombre).
  • 1947
    Age 19
    In 1947, Moreau made her theatrical debut at the Avignon Festival.
    More Details Hide Details She debuted at the Comédie-Française in Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country and, by her twenties, was already one of leading actresses in the theatre's troupe.
    Moreau made her theatrical debut in 1947, and established herself as one of the leading actresses of the Comédie-Française.
    More Details Hide Details She began playing small roles in films in 1949, impressing in a Fernandel vehicle Meutres? in 1950 and alongside Jean Gabin as a showgirl/gangster's moll in Touchez Pas au Grisbi, eventually achieving prominence as the star of Lift to the Scaffold (UK)/Elevator to the Gallows (USA) (1958), directed by Louis Malle and Jules et Jim (1962), directed by François Truffaut. Most prolific during the 1960s, Moreau continued to appear in films into her eighties. Moreau was born in Paris the daughter of Katherine (Buckley), a dancer who performed at the Folies Bergère (d.1990), and Anatole-Désiré Moreau, a restaurateur (d.1975). Moreau's father was French; her mother was English, a native of Lancashire in England, and of part-Irish descent. Moreau's father was Catholic and her mother, originally a Protestant, converted to Catholicism upon marriage. When a young girl, "the family moved south to Vichy, spending vacations at the ancestral village of Mazirat, a town of 30 houses in a valley in the Allier. 'It was wonderful there,' Moreau said. 'Every tombstone in the cemetery was for a Moreau.'" During the war, the family was split and Moreau lived with her mother in Paris. Moreau ultimately lost interest in school at age 16 and, after attending Jean Anouilh's Antigone, found her calling as an actor. She later studied at the Conservatoire de Paris.
  • 1928
    Age 0
    Born on January 23, 1928.
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