Jeanne Moreau began her acting career with theater, earning a name in Comedie-Française.
Moreau’s first film appearance was in small role in French drama-film ‘Last Love’ (1949), then appeared in drama-film ‘The Man in My Life’ (1952), 1953’s crime-drama film ‘Dortoir des grandes,’ and romantic-comedy ‘Julietta,’ amongst many others. She further starred in several such films as ‘Touchez pas au grisbi’ (1954), historical-drama ‘Queen Margot’ (1954), ‘Operation gas-oil,’ crime-film ‘Three Days to Live’ (1957) and others.
Louis Malle’s directorial-debut, crime-thriller ‘Elevator to the Gallows’ (1958) and his next, ‘The Lovers/Les Amants’ (1958), made Moreau a star. She then starred in many successful films of renowned filmmakers, including Francois Truffaut’s hit romantic-drama ‘Jules et Jim’ (1962) which brought her international recognition, his later film ‘The Bride Wore Black’ (1968).
Moreau appeared in Roger Vadim’s ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ (1959), followed by 1960’s ‘Five Branded Women,’ drama-film ‘Moderato Cantabile,’ and ‘Dialogue with the Carmelites.’ Her further films include director Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘La Notte’ (1961), and ‘Romance Beyond the Clouds’ (1965); Orson Welles’s ‘The Trial’ (1962), comedy-drama ‘Chimes at Midnight’ and TV-film ‘The Immortal Story’ (1968); then Louis Malle’s ‘The Fire Within’ (1963), and adventure-comedy film ‘Viva Maria!’ (1965) which earned her ‘BAFTA Award’ for ‘Best Foreign Actress.’
After crime-film ‘Diary of a Chambermaid’ (1964 directed by Luis Bunuel), and title-role in spy-film ‘Mata Hari, Agent H21’ (1964), Moreau played a sociopath in Tony Richardson’s dark-drama film ‘Mademoiselle’ (1966) and appeared in his next ‘The Sailor from Gibraltar’ (1967). Her further starrers included Western-film ‘Monte Walsh’ (1970), drama-film directed by Philippe de Broca ‘Chere Louise’ (1972), romantic-drama film ‘Joanna Francesa’ (1973), drama-film ‘The Garden that Tilts’ (1975).
Moreau made her directorial debut with drama-film ‘Lumiere’ (1976), and next directed ‘The Adolescent’ (1979) which was entered into ‘29th Berlin Film Festival.’ Later, she directed documentary ‘Lillian Gish’ (1984).
Moreau starred in Elia Kazan’s romance-film ‘The Last Tycoon’ (1976), Reiner Fassbinder’s ‘Querelle’ (1982), Luc Besson’s ‘La Femme Nikita’ (1990). Her role as ‘Lady M’ in crime-Comedy ‘The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea’ (1991) won her ‘Cesar Award for Best Actress.’
Moreau also appeared in Wim Wenders’ ‘Until the End of the World’ (1991), Peter Handke’s ‘The Absence’ (1992), Ismail Merchant’s ‘The Proprietor’ (1996). She played ‘Empress Elizabeth Petrovna’ in TV-movie ‘Catherine the Great’ (1995). Her last film-role was in ‘Le talent de mes amis’ (2015).
Florence is married to Simon, a wealthy arms dealer, but she is having an affair with Julien, an employee working for her husband. When Julien murders Simon, it leads to an unfortunate chain of events.
Giovanni is a novelist whose wife, Lidia, seems to be quite upset with their relationship. When she finds out that her friend Tommaso is suffering from a terminal illness, she starts roaming the streets of the city, questioning her marriage to Giovanni.
Alain Leroy is an alcoholic who is working towards recovery at a rehabilitation clinic. Even though his doctors believe that he is now ready to resume his regular life, he wishes to remain at the clinic, since he finds no reason to live. Even though he feels suicidal, he decides to visit his friends for a last time, hoping that he can find a reason to continue living.
This historical war comedy film gives us a look at life of Sir John Falstaff, a fun-loving habitual liar, who tries to keep Prince Hal company, after King Henry IV ascends to the throne. The film shows us the reign of Kign Henry IV and the rise of Henry V, through the eyes of Falstaff.
The Train is a war thriller film which takes us to the time of the Second World War. It revolves around Paul Labiche, a member of the French resistance, who tries to stop Franz Waldheim, a German Colonel, from moving stolen art pieces to Germany by train.
Le procès is a mystery drama film which tells the story of a man Josef K, who lives in a shared apartment. His life turns upside down one day, when detectives enter his room and put him under arrest. The problem is that he is not even told what his charges are.
Anna is a stripper who wishes to become a mother, but her biological clock is ticking away. Since her boyfriend is reluctant to become a father, he asks his best friend to get her pregnant. When she accepts, things get complicated.
Manou is an Italian woodcutter living in a French village, who is blamed by the villagers, for the recent fires and flooding in the area. However, the culprit is actually a sexually repressed woman named Mademoiselle, who is obsessed with Manou.
Jean and Peirrot are two thugs who steal a purse from an old woman, as well as a joyride from another man. The owner of the joyride shoots Jean with his gun. However, Jean manages to overpower him, and also manages to steal his gun and his car. In the process, he also kidnaps Marie-Ange, the woman he was with.
The Bride Wore Black is a mystery crime drama film which tells the story of a widowed woman named Julie Kohler, who attempts suicide, but is prevented from doing so by her mother. She eventually tells her mother that she is leaving town, but actually she is on a mission to track down the five men responsible for the death of her husband.
This crime drama thriller film tells the story of a young journalist who feels that there is a conspiracy behind what seems like a simple suicide of a politician. Despite his employer's objections, he continues to investigate and learns about an American multinational company intent on taking over several French industries. He learns that this corporation is behind the conspiracy, and tries to find enough evidence to expose them.
Teenage junkie, Nikita, is sentenced to life in prison after accidentally killing a police officer during a robbery gone wrong. In prison, her captors fake her death and train her to become an assassin. Her life as an assassin goes well until a document-theft mission goes wrong and Nikita has to make life-altering choices again.
Seven Days… Seven Nights is a French drama film which tells the story of Anna, a young woman who is married to a wealthy businessman. She becomes witness to a murder which occurred in a café, and soon it leads to her becoming mentally unstable and paranoid. She starts feeling that Chauvin, a man working for her husband, intends to kill her.
Jean, a butcher in Paris, moves with his wife Eva and his daughter Marie, to a small town to stay with his widowed mother. Over some time, his twelve year old daughter takes a strong liking to a local doctor named Alexandre, and offers herself to him, although Alexandre rejects her. However, shortly after, her mother Eva takes her place and begins an affair with Alexandre.
Querelle is a drama film which tells the story of Georges Querelle, a handsome Belgian sailor, who is also a thief and murderer. His life takes a turn when he is drawn into a complicated plot involving sibling rivalry, and murder.
Francois Nole is a young man who works in a bank. He is also addicted to heroin, and has lost the joy of life. In addition, there is nothing that seems to be able to bring back the happiness to his life.
Anna, a wealthy French widow, sets out in her yacht in search of an old sailor friend she had known years earlier. Alan, a holidaying Englishman who has recently broken-up with girlfriend Sheila, joins Anna in her search. Some other enigmatic characters are also intrigued by her strange quest. Gradually, Alan gets attracted towards Anna, but will she forget her old love?
Set during the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia, the story follows five women, who have their hair cropped before being driven out of the town by the partisans, allegedly for consorting with the occupational forces. Humiliated and banished, they soon meet a band of mountain guerillas and decide to join them.
Tyvian Jones lives a life of leisure in Venice, Italy, who is set to marry a woman named Francesca Ferra. However, his life takes a turn when he meets a sultry Frenchwoman named Eva Olivier, and falls for her instantly. However, it seems that Eva is interested more in money than love. Tyvian decides to go after Eva, even if it seems to destroy his life.
Romain is a young fashion photographer who has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer which is inoperable. He decides that instead of undergoing treatment, he will just prepare to die alone. However, his grandmother encourages him to reexamine himself.
An adaptation of the fairy tale ‘Cinderella’, the movie tells the story of Danielle de Barbarac in Renaissance-era France. After the death of her father, she is forced into servitude by her stepmother Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent and her children. But her life changes for the better after an accidental encounter with Crown Prince Henry.
Ten years ago, François Nolan and his brother were betrayed by one of their accomplices, which lead to the death of François’ brother, forcing Francois to disfigure a policeman. François is now back for revenge, although he is still unaware about the identity of the traitor. Meanwhile, the disfigured policeman is also looking for an opportunity for revenge against François.
John and Rae take their yacht for a cruise through the Indian Ocean, on the occasion of their honeymoon. They rescue a young man named Hughie, who claims to have escaped from another vessel after three of its crew members died due to food poisoning. John finds Hughie’s story unconvincing, and when Hughie is sleeping, he goes to inspect the sinking ship. He is surprised to find two passengers still alive.
Based on real events, The Lover is a romantic drama film which tells the story of a French teenage girl, belonging to a poor family living in a rural area, who begins a forbidden romance with a wealthy older Chinese man. Although they are both aware of the consequences, they proceed with their affair. When the girl’s family finds out, they are initially furious, but they accept it, upon learning that the guy is quite rich. However, the man’s father tells him that he would rather see him dead than with a white girl.
Until the End of the World is a science fiction action drama film which tells the story of Dr Farber, who has managed to create a device that allows the blind to see. This allows him to find the cure for his wife’s blindness. However, they are soon pursued by government forces.
Based on an unfinished novel of the same name by F Scott Fitzgerald, this drama film tells the story of a movie producer, who works tirelessly in a time of turmoil. However, problems arise because he neglects and disrespects the other studio executives, and they feel like they would be better off without him.
This anthology film is a collection of 33 different short films, where the directors expresses their ideas and feelings regarding cinema.
Julien Dandieu, leader of the socialist political party, is asked to be minister of foreign affairs. However, things get complicated because of his adulterous relationship with a popular fashion model named Creezy. Eventually, he has to decide whether he is will choose between his career ambitions or a life with his beautiful girlfriend. Things get even more complicated when she mysteriously vanishes.
This romantic drama film tells the story of Frederique, a traumatized woman who seduces men and exploits them. She marries a gay man named Galuchat, but soon she leaves him and moves to Japan. After returning, she learns that he is in the hospital. However, she attempts to seduce another businessman named Rambert.
Banana Peel is a crime comedy film which tells the story of a girl named Catherine, who is looking for revenge against the two scoundrels who had cheated and destroyed the fortune of her millionaire father.
Sarah is an actress nearing 40, who invites her best friend of 16 years along with two younger women, to a vacation retreat. She talks about her life as well as her experiences with men.
Al di là delle nuvole (Beyond the Clouds) is a romantic drama film which tells the story of a filmmaker who is looking for inspiration for his next project. As he travels through France and Italy, he observes the relationships of a few young couples.
Based on a play by the famous playwright George Bernard Shaw, this comedy film tells the story of Captain Charles Edstaston, a British officer, who arrive at St. Petersburg, with his fiancée. He seeks audience with the Empress Catherine, but things get complicated when she gets obsessed with him.
The film is a collection of six sketches by six finest directors from Europe and their stories revolving around one common theme – prostitution. In the segments, the directors trace the journey of the oldest profession, elaborating on how it evolved from pre-historic age to the future. The vignettes include ‘The Pre-historic Era,’ ‘Roman Nights,’ ‘Mademoiselle Mimi,’ ‘The Gay Nineties,’ ‘Paris Today,’ and ‘Anticipation.’
Your Ticket is No Longer Valid is a drama film which tells the story of an influential businessman who is going through personal as well as professional problems. He is no longer able to perform in bed, and he begins to suspect that his wife is having an affair. Meanwhile, he also tries to save his collapsing business empire.
Jeanne Moreau Awards
|Viva Maria!||Best Foreign Actress||1967|