A look at Jeanne Moreau's special relationship with literature


French Grande Dame. New Wave icon. Unconventional beauty. Jeanne Moreau is the actress to celebrate at the French Film Festival in Singapore

It can be argued that there is no one definitive icon of French cinema. While each venerable last name from a French screen queen holds a certain weight over a signature element (Bardot with her sexpot allure, Deneuve with her icy cool air and Karina with her whimsical nature), nobody was quite as defiantly indefinable as the late Jeanne Moreau.

With a career on stage, television and film that lasted from 1947 to 2012 (she passed on 31 July this year at the age of 89), the Parisian actress and director has worked with the biggest directors in both American and European cinema: American Orson Welles, Frenchmen Jean Cocteau and François Truffaut, Mexican Luis Buñuel and German Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Her roles have awarded Moreau a Bafta, a César, and a best actress prize at Cannes. She's had her fair share of romances with the likes of Truffaut and Pierre Cardin, and like many a French film icon, reigned supreme over style by immortalising Breton tees, lace nightgowns and silk scarves.

But what's perhaps the most charming — but not unlikely — relationship of hers we've learned is her love for literature. Be it on-screen through film adaptations or roles, as well as her early escape through books, here are 5 ways Moreau has exemplified an auteur's relationship with the literati. 

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Elevator to the Gallows will be screened on 12 November, while Jules et Jim will be screen on 19 November at The Projector.


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