REMEMBERING FRENCH CINEMA ICON JEANNE MOREAU
Sad news for cinema: award-winning French actress Jeanne Moreau passed away yesterday at age 89.
With an almost unparalleled acting career that included work with the likes of Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, Orson Welles, Peter Brook, Wim Wenders, and François Truffaut, Moreau “embodied cinema.” The last statement was mentioned in President Emmanuel Macron’s speech as he sadly announced the death of the star. “That was her freedom . . . always rebellious against the established order,” Macron said, adding that she had a “spark in her eye that defied reverence and was an invitation to insolence, to liberty, to this whirlpool of life that she loved so much, and that she made us love.”
Patti Smith once wrote a tribute to the actress for High Times magazine, “If I turn out like Jeanne Moreau when I grow up, I couldn’t ask for anything more. She’s so self-contained. She could start a forest fire . . . I’d like Jeanne Moreau to cut me down to size, ’cuz in the process of being cut down to size by her I’d really start to grow. She’s great. Anna Magnani was great. Piaf was great. They were so much emotion. Like Janis Joplin—she had so much, too—but Jeanne Moreau, she’s got brains. It’s like she’s got an intellect in her movement.”