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Brigitte Bardot


Jeanne Moreau
Jean-Claude Carrière Film-maker
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I was already familiar with the presence and talent of Jeanne Moreau as we had worked together on The Diary of a Chambermaid by Buñuel, and we never left each other throughout our lives. I saw her a few months ago at the festival in Angers... she read a screenplay we wrote with Buñuel called Le moine that we hadn't been able to shoot for financial reasons, and at 80 years old she did an amazing, outstanding, full reading, playing all the parts. She is so great, she is someone I have loved so much, both as an actress and as a woman.

Jeanne Moreau… je connaissais déjà sa présence et son talent parce que nous avions déjà fait ensemble Le Journal d’une femme de chambre de Buñuel et nous ne nous sommes jamais quittés tout au long de nos vie. Je l’ai encore vu il y a quelques mois, elle a lu au festival d’Angers un scenario que nous avions écrit avec Buñuel qui s’appelait Le moine  et que à l’époque nous n’avions pas pu tourné pour des raisons financières. Elle en a fait à plus de 80 ans une lecture complète,  en plus de deux heures admirable, en jouant tous les rôles. C’est une grande personne, c’est quelqu'un que j’ai beaucoup aimé, à la fois comme actrice et comme femme.

French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (1931-2021) began his association with films aged 24 when he was selected by Jacques Tati to write for him. This early experience led to further contact with other film-makers, including Luis Buñuel with whom Carrière collaborated for many years. He wrote screenplays for films including Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie, Tin Drum and Danton.

Listeners: Andrzej Wolski

Film director and documentary maker, Andrzej Wolski has made around 40 films since 1982 for French television, the BBC, TVP and other TV networks. He specializes in portraits and in historical films. Films that he has directed or written the screenplay for include Kultura, which he co-directed with Agnieszka Holland, and KOR which presents the history of the Worker’s Defence Committee as told by its members. Andrzej Wolski has received many awards for his work, including the UNESCO Grand Prix at the Festival du Film d’Art.

Tags: The Diary of a Chambermaid, Le Moine, Jeanne Moreau, Luis Buñuel

Duration: 40 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2010

Date story went live: 18 October 2010