Anne Wiazemsky

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Anne Wiazemsky
Anne Wiazemsky in Il seme dell'uomo.png
Anne Wiazemsky in Il seme dell'uomo (1969).
Born (1947-05-14)14 May 1947
Berlin, Germany
Died 5 October 2017(2017-10-05) (aged 70)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress, novelist
Years active 1966–1988
Spouse(s) Jean-Luc Godard
(m. 1967; div. 1979)
Relatives François Mauriac
(maternal grandfather)

Anne Wiazemsky (14 May 1947 - 5 October 2017[1]) was a French actress and novelist. Through her mother, she was the granddaughter of novelist and dramatist François Mauriac.[2] She made her cinema debut at the age of 18, playing Marie, the lead character in Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), and went on to appear in several of Jean-Luc Godard's films, among them La Chinoise (1967), Week End (1967), and One Plus One (1968). She and Godard were married from 1967 to 1979.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wiazemsky was born in 1947 in Berlin, Germany.[3] Her father Yvan Wiazemsky, a French diplomat, was a Russian prince who had emigrated to France following the Russian revolution.[4] Her mother Claire Mauriac was daughter of Francois Mauriac, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.[3]

Wiazemsky spent her early years abroad following her father's postings around the world, before returning to Paris in 1962.[3] She graduated from the high school Ecole Sainte Marie de Passy in Paris.[3]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Wiazemsky made her on screen acting debut at the age of 18, playing Marie, the lead character in Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar (1966). The film premièred at the 1966 Venice Film Festival where it won the OCIC (International Catholic Organization for Cinema) Award, the San Giorgio Prize, and the New Cinema Award.[5] It has since been listed by critics as one of the greatest films of all time.[6] Filmmaker and Cahiers du Cinema critic Jean-Luc Godard wrote a glowing review for the film, writing that "everyone who sees this film will be absolutely astonished [...] because this film is really the world in an hour and a half."[7]

Wiazemsky subsequently developed a relationship with Godard, and married him one year later, in 1967. She starred in several of his films, including La Chinoise (1967), Week End (1967), and One Plus One (1968).

Writing[edit]

In addition to acting, Wiazemsky has written several novels, including Canines (1993), Une Poignée de Gens (1998), and Aux Quatre Coins du Monde (2001). Hymnes à l’Amour was filmed in 2003 as Toutes ces belles promesses (All the Fine Promises), directed by Jean-Paul Civeyrac and starring Valérie Crunchant and Bulle Ogier. Her novel Jeune Fille (2007) was based on her experience of starring in Au Hasard Balthazar.


In 2016, it was announced that her novel Un An Après , which chronicles her time shooting Godard's film La Chinoise, will be developed as a feature film by The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius.[8] The film was released as Redoubtable in 2017.

Personal life[edit]

During the 1966 filming of Au Hasard Balthazar, director Robert Bresson proposed to her several times, though she refused.[9] In 1967, she married Jean-Luc Godard, and subsequently starred in several of his films; the marriage officially ended in divorce in 1979,[9] though the couple had already separated as early as 1970.[10]

Death[edit]

Wiazemsky died of breast cancer on 5 October 2017, aged 70.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Actress (partial listing)[edit]

Year Title Role
1966 Au Hasard Balthazar Marie
1967 La Chinoise Veronique
Week End Une fille à la femme
1968 Teorema Odetta
Les Gauloises bleues L'infirmière
One + One Eve Democracy
1969 Il seme dell'uomo Dora
Pigsty Ida
1970 Wind from the East La révolutionnaire
1971 Raphael, or The Debauched One Diane
Vladimir et Rosa Ann
1972 Tout va bien Leftist woman
1973 The Train La fille-Mère
1974 La vérité sur l'imaginaire passion d'un inconnu Le christ-femme
1975 Die Auslieferung Nathalie Herzen
1976 Guerres civiles en France Elisabeth Dimitrieff
1978 Flesh Color La vendeuse
1979 L'enfant secret Elie
1980 Même les mômes ont du vague à l'âme La photographe
1983 Grenouilles Nora
1984 Rendez-vous L'administratrice
1988 Ville étrangère Stéphanie

Bibliography[edit]

Novels
Short stories
  • 1988: Des filles bien élevées
Juvenile
  • 2003: Les Visiteurs du soir (illustrations by Stanislas Bouvier)
Biography
  • 1992: Album de famille
  • 2000: Il était une fois... les cafés (photographs by Roger-Viollet)
  • 2000: Tableaux de chats
  • 2001: Venise (photographs by Jean Noël de Soye)
Preface
  • 1994: En habillant

References[edit]

  1. ^ la romanciere et actrice Anne Wiazemsky est morte in Le monde
  2. ^ a b Mumford, Gwilym (5 October 2017). "Anne Wiazemsky, French actor, novelist and muse to Jean-Luc Godard, dies aged 70". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d Roberts, Sam (5 October 2017). "Anne Wiazemsky, Film Star, Wife of Godard and Author, Dies at 70". New York Times. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Obituary: Anne Wiazemsky, actor, director and writer". The Irish Times. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "Robert Bresson : Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 18 January 2015.  The San Giorgio Prize was given from 1956 through 1967 for "artistic works that had been considered especially important for the progress of civilization."
  6. ^ Christie, Ian (September 2012). "The 50 Greatest Films of All Time". Sight & Sound. British Film Institute (BFI). 
  7. ^ Quandt, James (June 13, 2005). "Au hasard Balthazar : Robert Bresson". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  8. ^ Smith, Nigel M. (2016-05-03). "Jean-Luc Godard biopic in works from director of The Artist". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-01-13. 
  9. ^ a b c Shepherd, Jack (6 October 2017). "Anne Wiazemsky, author and muse to Jean Luc Goddard, dies aged 70". The Independent. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Brody, Richard (7 October 2017). "Highlights from the Second Weekend of the New York Film Festival". The New Yorker. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 

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