Friday, November 18, 2011

Elle S'Appelait Françoise....Her Name Was Francoise

Since I began my Icon series with Catherine Deneuve, it seems fitting to immediately follow with her beautiful sister, Françoise.  At the time of her death, Françoise Dorleac was actually a better known actress in France and had just begin establishing her rightful place in films that were being seen and discussed in other countries.  Françoise played aloof to Catherine's cool....those sisters: even now they make you want to watch them. Ms. Dorleac was tragically killed in a car accident in 1967 and to this day her sister Catherine rarely talks about it...she did however co-auther a beautifully written, very poignant book entitled Elle S'Appelait Françoise....Her Name Was Francoise which I am very proud to own...it is in French but thankfully I can read and translate most of it.



The two sisters appeared in two film together: "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" aka "The Young Girls of Rochefort" and "Les portes claquent" aka "The Door Slams".... 
Films to consider....."Cul De Sac", "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort"
I think I will leave you here...with photos and a sense of sadness for the loss of her potential, possibility and ethereal beauty.....Elle S'Appelait Françoise.








Françoise and Catherine



Icons: The Series....

I love old movies, but then you probably know that.  My love of celluloid began young and has been constant throughout my life.  This is the beginning of a new series of posts I am going to try and do weekly (in between school work, house work and work, work, work!) in which I give my thoughts about who I consider to be movie icons, fashion icons, political icons, those people who give the world a slightly better flavor and provide we folk with the opportunity to focus on, look at or think about these movers and shakers who play significant roles in informing, influencing and impacting our cultures....

With that said.....our first Icon is an actress who is hands-down my favorite French actress (and there are many fine ones), a gorgeous blonde known as Catherine Deneuve who was born Catherine Fabienne Dorleac.  Born into a family of highly regarded actors (her older sister, Francoise Dorleac, was just coming into her own as a actress when a auto accident took her life in 1967).  Catherine chose her mother's maiden name, Deneuve, as her professional name because, as she was once stated: "I wanted my sister to be the only actress of her generation named Dorleac."  Below, that is a young, pre-blonde Catherine gazing down at her beloved older sister, Francoise, who is reading her lines....


Catherine, left, with Francoise



Compelling, controversial, compassionate and cool and stunningly beautiful....I give you, Ms. Catherine Deneuve.  Films to consider: Belle Du Jour, Indochine, Potiche, Mississippi Mermaid, The Hunger and many others.  Remember, Madame Catherine Dorleac is very French, very European, a very progressive woman, actress, activist, mother, human being.  These things reflect in the films of Catherine Deneuve.  Prepare to be a little shocked, perhaps a little discombobulated.  You won't be able to take your eyes off of her...nor will you want to.  Enjoy!





Francoise, left, with her younger sister Catherine