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30 November - 14 December 2010: A Tribute to Jeanne Moreau


Over her remarkable career Jeanne Moreau has worked with many of cinema’s most important directors (Louis Malle, François Truffaut, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Joseph Losey, Jacques Demy among others), including Orson Welles who described her as "the greatest actress in the world". Close-Up presents three of her films from the 1960s, the decade in which she established herself as an international screen name with films such as Jules et Jim, Bay of Angels and The Trial.

La Notte
Michelangelo Antonioni
1961 | 117 min | B/W | Digital

Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau are in a stagnant marriage. He is a renowned author and intellectual; she, his wealthy wife. Filmed by cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo (, Giulietta Degli Spiriti), Antonioni’s La Notte is a thorough study of Italy’s upper middle-class and of modern man’s desolation.

Diary of a Chambermaid
Luis Buñuel
1964 | 94 min | B/W | Digital

Buñuel’s extensively reworked adaptation of Octave Mirbeau’s novel shifts the action to the 1930s, to chart the rise of fascism in France and the interplay between political, social and sexual persuasions.

Tony Richardson
1966 | France | 99 min | B/W | Digital

Moreau plays a school mistress, a respected figure in her fishing village home, where she is known as Mademoiselle. Neglected and lonely, she vents her frustration through sociopathic acts of vandalism and destruction, for which an Italian woodchopper, lusted after by the women and hated by the men, is forced to shoulder the blame.