Jeanne Moreau Dies at 89, but Her Acting Legacy Lives On

Jeanne Moreau

On Monday 31 July 2017, Jeanne Moreau’s agent revealed details of the French actress’s demise at the age of 89. The district’s mayor told AFP that she was found dead in her Paris home. Jeanne Moreau is famously known for her screen roles in various films such as Jules et Jim. She also featured in some of the popular movies of the 20th century. Jeanne’s popularity also revolves around her tomboy and daring charm, which she exuded in most masterpiece films including Joseph Losey’s film, Eva and Lift to the Scaffold by Louis Malle.

Acting Career Background

Jeanne Moreau’s breakthrough in the film industry came in 1957. During this period, she starred in two of Malle’s films, which challenged the moral beliefs of that time. She acted as a criminal in Lift to the Scaffold before starring in The Lovers, which marked her first venture into the sexual frankness reflected by most of her later work. Most of Jeanne’s features on film range from gaiety to sullenness and radiance to lassitude.

Known for launching Jeanne’s international career through Jules et Jim, the late Francois Truffaut said that each time he took a glimpse of her, he could see her reading a book instead of a newspaper. Francios elaborated his remarks by saying it was because Moreau depicted love as opposed to flirtation.

Throughout her illustrious career, Jeanne was mostly in France where she displayed a liking for literate and challenging movies often drawn from the works of prolific writers like Marguerite Duras and Jean Genet. However, she made occasional features into English-language films like The Train directed by John Frankenheimer and The Victors by Carl Foreman. As she aged gracefully, Moreau maintained her presence in the film industry by playing secondary roles in several films like Elia Kazan’s The Last Tycoon and one of Losey’s classic Mr. Klein. Furthermore, she tried directing with L’Adolescente and Lumiere.

Other Roles and Achievements

Moreau is well-known for heading the state commission, which is in charge of dispensing subsidies to French filmmakers. Additionally, she chaired the Cannes Film Festival jury in 1955.

Away from her leadership roles, Jeanne embarked on a series of remarkable roles with Seven Days Seven Nights by Peter Brook in 1960. As a result, she scooped the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. Apart from this award, Moreau won a slew of other awards in her later years in London and Berlin.

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