Thursday 5 October 2017

Vale Anne Wiazemsky - Luminous French actress

Au Hasard, Balthazar
From her debut in Bresson's Au Hasard, Balthazar Anne Wiazemsky shot to the very centre of cinephile attention. She consolidated that interest with her appearances in a further six films for Jean-Luc Godard starting with La Chinoise (1967), during which she married the director, and then continuing through Godard's most left-wing period through to Tout Va Bien  in 1972. 

Among other major directors she worked for was Pier Paolo Pasolini. (Teorema, 1968 and Porcile, 1969).

There is a short but informative obituary on the France24 website. Among the information it contains is word of a feature film adaptation of a book Wiazemsky wrote about the short-lived relationship with Godard, "Un An Après" (One Year Later). The website says "it was the basis of a recent comedy about Godard, "Le Redoutable" (Redoubtable), by the Oscar-winning director of "The Artist", Michel Hazanavicius." Godard quickly dismissed the film as  'a stupid, stupid idea.'

Wiazemsky achieved additional fame as a writer, publishing thirteen fiction titles as well as a number of biographies.

La Chinoise


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