I have been an avid reader this week of the reports and analysis of the life, loves and work of Elizabeth Taylor. There are stars and then of course there are mega-stars. Just a few years behind Elizabeth we have iconic women like Sophia Loren and Bridget Bardot. Women whose work and presence rivets us, women with pure magnetism.
About ten years younger than Sophia and BB, we have yet another icon, that both men and women find fascinating, 67 year old Catherine Deneuve~
While Elizabeth Taylor lived and loved in the public eye, Catherine is extremely private about her personal life. This has contributed in part to her duality of being the “Ice Queen” while also being one of the most beautiful and watched women in the world. Her cool image was reinforced by her character in 1967’s Belle du Jour, a film which Alfred Hitchcock greatly admired.
She became well-known in the U.S. with her Chanel perfume campaign of the 1970’s. Even speaking English, she remains somewhat aloof, somewhat detached, but at the same time fascinating, beautiful, elusive, refined…so French. Her movements and speech are natural, gracious, yet still reserved. Watching this old (1996) video clip of her, here, at the time her film My Favorite Season was released, you can see why she is so captivating. She communicates so much with just a few flicks of her eyelids and other facial movements.
In April we will be running a small series on French Cinema for French Fridays, including a few giveaways of classic French film noir. Check back next week for a mega post that will be very very fun~