Jeanne Moreau - Rotten Tomatoes

Jeanne Moreau

Highest Rated:   100% Gebo et l'ombre (2014)
Lowest Rated:   20% The Lover (L'amant) (1992)
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Birthplace:   Paris, France
One of the most recognizable faces of the French cinema, and also one of its most celebrated, Jeanne Moreau is a legend in her own right. Combining off-kilter beauty with strong character, Moreau came to embody forthright, devil-may-care sensuality in such films as Jules and Jim and The Bride Wore Black. Comparing her to some of her best-known colleagues, Ginette Vincendeau noted, "Where Brigitte Bardot was sex and Catherine Deneuve elegance, Moreau incarnated intellectual femininity."Born in Paris on January 23, 1928, Moreau was the daughter of an English dancer and a French barman who divorced when she was eleven. Growing up in Nazi-occupied Paris, she began to discover her love of literature and the theatre, and, opposing her father's wishes, she decided to become an actress. While still a student at the Paris Conservatoire, Moreau made her stage debut at the 1947 Avignon Theatre Festival. Shortly thereafter, she was invited to join the prestigious Comédie-Française, becoming on her twentieth birthday the youngest full-time member in the company's history. She stayed with the company for four years, appearing in almost all of their productions during that time. She left in 1951, finding it too restrictive and authoritarian, and joined the more experimental Théâtre Nationale Populaire.During this time, Moreau began to take bit parts in various films, particularly B-movie melodramas. Initially not considered attractive enough to be a movie star--thanks in part to her lack of interest in make-up--she was fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of a director who found her natural attributes to be just what he was looking for: Louis Malle, who directed the actress in her breakthrough film, the New Wave murder mystery Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (1957). Following this film, Moreau remained Malle's favorite actress and off-screen lover for the next several years. The pair made headlines with their 1959 collaboration, Les Amants (The Lovers); the steamy tale of a bored housewife's extramarital affair pushed the boundaries of censorship on its U.S. release and led certain American gossip columnists to tag Moreau "the new Bardot." The actress' biggest international success was as the exuberant, free-spirited heroine of François Truffaut's Jules et Jim (1962); five years later, she worked again with Truffaut, starring as an icy murderess in the popular Hitchcock homage The Bride Wore Black (1967). Throughout the 1960s, Moreau worked with some of the cinema's most notable directors, collaborating with Peter Brooks on the 1960 Moderato Cantabile (for which she won a Best Female Performance award at the Cannes Film Festival), Michelangelo Antonioni on La Notte (1961), and Luis Buñuel on Le Journal d'une Femme de Chambre. Throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Moreau continued to work regularly, largely forgoing Hollywood fare in favor of European films. She made some of her more notable appearances in Bertrand Blier's Les Valseuses (1974), Luc Besson's La femme Nikita (1990), and Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World (1991). She also played minor but pivotal roles in The Lover (1992), to which she lent her sandpaper-and-whisky voice as the narrator; Antonioni's Beyond the Clouds (1995), in which she appeared with Marcello Mastroianni in one of his last roles; and Ever After (1998), one of her few Hollywood outings. Linked romantically with dozens of high-profile men over the decades, Moreau was for a brief period married to Exorcist director William Friedkin. In addition to her acting pursuits, Moreau put her talents to use behind the camera, directing Lumière (1976) and L'adolescente (1979). She has also served twice as the president of the Cannes FIlm Festival jury (1975 and 1995) and has won a number of honors, including a Golden Lion for career achievement at the 1991 Venice Film Festival and a 1997 European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Gebo et l'ombre
  • Candidinha
2014
No Score Yet Eleanor's Secret
  • Éléonore
2013
No Score Yet Un Voyageur
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Joanna Francesa
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Lullaby To My Father
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Une Estonienne à Paris
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Gas-oil (Hi-Jack Highway)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Back To The Wall (Le Dos Au Mur)
  • Actor
2011
66% Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague)
  • Actor
$28.3k 2010
No Score Yet La femme fardée
  • Actor
2010
40% Carmel
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Eleanor's Secret (le Secret D'eleonore)
  • Actor
2009
64% Plus Tard (One Day You'll Understand) (Later)
  • Rivka
2008
No Score Yet Disengagement
  • Françoise
2007
76% Time to Leave
  • Laura
2006
No Score Yet Go West
  • Actor
2006
52% Cet Amour-La
  • Marguerite Duras
2003
No Score Yet Firestarter 2: Rekindled
  • Actor
2002
85% La Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels)
  • Jackie Demaistre
2001
No Score Yet Les Miserables
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Catherine the Great
  • Empress Elizabeth
2000
No Score Yet The Prince's Manuscript (Il Manoscritto Del Principe)
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Lisa
  • Lisa (old)
2000
No Score Yet Balzac: A Life of Passion
  • Actor
1999
91% Ever After: A Cinderella Story
  • Grande Dame
1998
40% I Love You, I Love You Not
  • Nana
1997
No Score Yet The Proprietor
  • Adrienne Mark
1996
65% Beyond the Clouds
  • Friend
1995
No Score Yet Old Lady Who Walked In The Sea
  • Lady M.
1995
No Score Yet One Hundred and One Nights
  • Actor for a Day
1995
No Score Yet A Foreign Field
  • Angelique
1994
71% The Summer House
  • Lili
1993
No Score Yet L'Univers de Jacques Demy (The Universe of Jacques Demy)(The World of Jacques Demy)
  • Actor
1993
20% The Lover (L'amant)
  • Narrator
1992
No Score Yet Alberto Express
  • The Baroness
1992
87% Until the End of the World (Bis ans Ende der Welt)
  • Edith Farber
1992
80% Map of the Human Heart
  • Sister Banville
1992
No Score Yet To Meteoro vima tou pelargou (The Suspended Step of the Stork)
  • The Woman
1991
No Score Yet Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea
  • Actor
1991
88% La Femme Nikita (Nikita)
  • Amande
1990
No Score Yet Le miraculé
  • Sabine
1987
No Score Yet Paltoquet, Le (Paltoquet)
  • The Brothel-KeeperProprietress
1986
No Score Yet The Wizard of Babylon (Der Bauer von Babylon - Rainer Werner Fassbinder dreht Querelle)
  • Actor
1983
56% Querelle
  • Lysiane
1982
No Score Yet Mille milliards de dollars (A Thousand Billion Dollars)
  • Madam Benoit-Lambert
1982
60% La Truite
  • Lou
1982
No Score Yet Your Ticket is No Longer Valid
  • Lili Marlene
1981
No Score Yet L'Adolescente (An Adolescent Girl)
  • Director
1979
44% The Last Tycoon
  • Didi
1976
No Score Yet Monsieur Klein
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Mr. Klein
  • Florence
1976
No Score Yet Lumiere
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Sarah
1976
No Score Yet The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir (Le petit théâtre de Jean Renoir)
  • Singer
1974
86% Going Places (Les valseuses)
  • Jeanne Pirolle
1974
No Score Yet Creezy
  • Renee Vibert
1974
No Score Yet Joanna Francesca
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Nathalie
  • Other Woman
1972
No Score Yet Alex in Wonderland
  • Herself
1970
100% Monte Walsh
  • Martine Bernard
1970
92% The Immortal Story
  • Viginie Ducrot
1968
81% The Bride Wore Black
  • Julie Kohler
1968
No Score Yet The Oldest Profession (Le Plus vieux métier du monde)
  • Mimi
1967
No Score Yet Mademoiselle
  • Mademoiselle
1966
97% Chimes at Midnight
  • Doll Tearsheet
1965
No Score Yet The Yellow Rolls-Royce
  • Marchioness Eloise of Frinton
1965
86% Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)
  • Celestine
1965
100% The Train
  • Christine
1965
No Score Yet Viva Maria!
  • Maria II
1965
87% A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme)
  • Herself
1964
No Score Yet Mata Hari, Agent H21
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet The Victors
  • French Woman
1963
90% Le Feu follet (A Time to Live and a Time to Die) (The Fire Within)
  • Eva
1963
No Score Yet Banana Peel
  • Cathy/Mme Volney
1963
90% Le Procès (The Trial)
  • Miss Burstner
1962
97% Jules and Jim
  • Catherine
1962
64% Eva
  • Eve Olivier
1962
81% La Notte
  • Lidia
$39.7k 1961
No Score Yet Dialogue With The Carmelites
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Moderato Cantabile
  • Anne Desbaredes
1960
100% Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses)
  • Juliette de Merteuil
1959
100% The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups)
  • Woman with Dog
1959
100% The Lovers (Les Amants)
  • Jeanne Tournier
1959
93% Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud)
  • Florence Carala
$0.2M 1958
100% Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot)
  • Josy
1954
No Score Yet Les intrigantes (The Plotters)
  • Mona
1954
No Score Yet Julietta
  • Actor
1953

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Isabelle Corday
  • 2000

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