Iconic Women In French Cinema

Following the press release for the next Alliance Francaise Classic Film Festival (4-6 November 2016), the Alliance Francaise de Melbourne has put together a 5-week course to discover and learn about some of the most iconic actresses in French cinema: 

Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider, Simone Signoret. 

Decorated figures of French cinema, with a certain je ne sais quoi, these actresses collectively garnered a myriad of Césars, Oscars and other awards for their performances and films. Each artiste is a revered symbol of French culture whose
talent and presence has reverberated far beyond the confines of cinema.

Considered great actresses of their eras, these women are internationally recognised and renowned:

Catherine Deneuve was selected by the European Film Academy to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, Simone Signoret was the recipient of multiple Oscars, Romy Schneider was the inaugural winner of the Best Actress César in 1976, Jean Seberg immortalised La Nouvelle Vague in cinema and style, and Bardot's status as a global icon of beauty continues to be celebrated by a number of art and fashion institutions.

Their films have contributed greatly to cinema and changed the way women were considered both on the screen and in life.

No longer seen as pin-up girls, these women are emblematic of fierce individualism and the ability to shape one’s own destiny. In this class, you will study how these great comedians electrified the world in the XXth century, why their images are so influential and how their messages are more relevant than ever today.

The 5-week course will take place at Alliance Francaise de Melbourne, 51 Grey st in St Kilda. It will start on Thursday 13 October from 6.15pm to 8.15pm. Enroll here (Note that this course is designed for students of French with level B1+ / B2 required).

Between romance and drama, comedy and adventure, experience these films as they were meant to be experienced on the big screen. Rediscover the classic splendour of these iconic women in the company of performers Yves Montand, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jeanne Moreau, Serge Reggiani, and Isabelle Huppert.

The Classic Film Festival will showcase 5 films from 1952 to 1975 at the Astor Theatre in Melbourne from 4-6 November


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