Catherine Deneuve is a French Actress who is well known for her mysterious, aloof beauty. Among the many films she took part in, her best works are Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) (1964), Repulsion (1965) and Belle de Jour (1967). She won two César Awards from the French Academy of Cinema for Le Dernier Métro (The Last Metro) (1980) and Indochine (1992). She is an animal lover even from rats to cats!
Born on October 22, 1943, in Paris to French actor’s parents. She chose the same profession as her parents and at the age of 13, she made the film debut with a small role. She subsequently appeared in several films.
Catherine is quite a smart woman. Princess in the sixties, then, the ideal woman became Queen of a macho-cinema and now empress. She changed her roles at the time required her and she played them well.
She is quite an animal lover and likes all little animals that run and eat and hide all the time. Catherine is amused by their faces, which seem to be scared and curious at the same time.
She even had mice as pets when she was very young, and she’s always liked the way they look.
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (the Umbrellas of Cherbourg) is her breakthrough film, which was directed by Jacques Demy in 1964.
It is the middle film in an informal
romantic trilogy of Demy films that share some of the same actors, characters, and overall look.
Catherine played a young Frenchwoman who works at a small-town boutique selling umbrellas, falls for the dashing mechanic.
Their brief romance is interrupted when he is drafted to serve in the Algerian War.
Though pregnant by him, Catherine marries an older businessman and begins to move on with her life…
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Psychological thriller Repulsion directed by Roman Polanski, which is his first English-language film.
The plot focuses on a young woman who is left alone by her vacationing sister in their apartment and begins reliving traumas of her past in horrific ways. Catherine played a schizophrenic killer.
Young manicurist, Catherine, suffers from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men).
When her sister and roommate leave their London flat to go on an Italian holiday with her married boyfriend, she begins to experience frightful hallucinations, her fear gradually mutating into madness…
Belle de Jour (1967)
A masterpiece by Luis Buñuel, in Belle de Jour.
Catherine’s character cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband.
Her life took an unexpected turn when her lovestruck friend mentions a secretive high-class brothel by Madame Anais…
She begins to work there during the day under the name Belle de Jour. Once satisfied sexual desires she’s had, now one of her clients grew as a huge problem…
Aside from its story, the clothes in the film is so stylish. When you want to see classic elegance in full bloom, this is the one for you.
Catherine won a César Award, which is France’s equivalent to an Academy Award for her work in Le Dernier Métro (The Last Metro) directed by the French filmmaker François Truffaut.
The film is set during the time of the French occupation and demonstrates passive resistance through culture in the story of a small Parisian theater surviving censorship, antisemitism and material shortages emerge triumphant at the war’s end.
You can see the maturity of a clever woman, her graceful beauty, and her magnificent talent to the fulestl extent in the film.
Marianne: French Symbol of Liberty and Republicanism
In the part of the 1980s, Catherine was the model for Marianne. Marianne is a national symbol of France, symbolizing reason, liberty and the ideals of the republic.
In 1848, after the monarchy had fallen, the Ministry of the Interior held a competition for an image to represent the newly emerged republic and the use of Marianne as a symbol widespread.
The portrait of Marianne is seen frequently in France, including numerous statues, coins, stamps and banknotes with typically she wears a ‘phrygian cap’ (a soft felt conical hat).
Originally, images and sculptures of Marianne were created using anonymous models, but modern depictions of Marianne have drawn on the features of famous French beauties. This trend began with the choice of Brigitte Bardot as a model in 1969.on the features of famous French beauties. This trend began with the choice of Brigitte Bardot as a model in 1969.
Thereafter, every few years, the image of Marianne has been renewed by association with a contemporary Frenchwoman.
She admires some actresses, but of all, Marilyn Monroe has her total admiration.
Catherine has been working in different genres including comedies, musicals and dramas delivering a wide range of memorable performances with great élan in more than 120 films.
Who is still acting since
Nouvelle Vague? Nobody except her. She is a rare, unique woman of total beauty and intelligence in a complete package.
A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It’s the same qualities I require from a man.
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Marianne: National Emblem of France (A Woman’s Paris ~ Joie de Vivre)
MARIANNE, HISTORIC SYMBOL OF FRANCE AND THE FRENCH (FRANCE THIS WAY)
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