Best known for her turns as the youthful Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi)-whose 19th-century reign spawned a trilogy of popular German films in the late 1950s and for French films of the late '60s and '70s, Romy Schneider wooed international audiences with a mix of aristocratic poise and sex appeal.
Born into a family of actors in 1938 Vienna, Schneider caught the bug and by 20, the successive releases of Sissi (1955), Sissi: The Young Empress (1956), and Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress (1957) made Schneider an international star. And, as auteurs from Luchino Visconti and Orson Welles to Otto Preminger and Claude Sautet would eventually find, under the corsets, crinoline skirts, and costume jewelry, there existed a brave and passionate performer.
Following Sissi, Schneider was quick to shelve the image of a naïve little girl and moved into more challenging, sexy and provocative roles. Throughout the late '60s and '70s, she was the doyenne of French Cinema, starring in many of the most popular films of the time. And, on June 16, Film Movement Classics delivers a trio of Schneider's best to Blu-ray, digitally restored from original elements for optimal viewing: TWO FILMS BY SAUTET/SCHNEIDER features LES CHOSES DE LA VIE (1970), the first of five cinematic collaborations with César-winning and Oscar®-nominated director Sautet, CÉSAR ET ROSALIE (1972), one of Sautet's most celebrated films are available together; and 1975's L'IMPORTANT C'EST D'AIMER for which Schneider captured the newly created César Award as "Best Actress" will be available individually on Blu-ray.
TWO FILMS BY SAUTET/SCHNEIDER:
LES CHOSES DE LA VIE & CÉSAR ET ROSALIE
In LES CHOSES DE LA VIE, Pierre (Michel Piccoli), a middle-aged engineer, has his life flash before his eyes after being involved in a horrific car accident. While falling in and out of consciousness, he reflects on the recent events that have transpired between him and estranged wife, Catherine (Lea
Massari), and his young lover, Hélène (Romy Schneider). Based on the acclaimed Paul Guimard novel Intersection, Les Choses de la vie (The Things of Life), called "a remarkable portrait of the compromises of marriage and the fickle stirrings of the human heart, structured as an intricate narrative jigsaw" (Scott Foundas, Variety) won the 1969 Louis Delluc Prize and was the first of five film collaborations between Romy Schneider and director Claude Sautet.
In CÉSAR ET ROSALIE, sometimes two and two make three. Rosalie and David... Rosalie and César... César and David.... After her marriage ends in divorce, the beautiful Rosalie (Romy Schneider) begins dating César (Yves Montand), a wealthy playboy and businessman. But when her old flame, David (Sami Frey), unexpectedly re-enters her life, the two men simultaneously vie for her affections. Pauline Kael of The New Yorker called CÉSAR ET ROSALIE "a fluky, wry ode on the imperfect, haphazard nature of romantic love. One of Claude Sautet's most celebrated films, the film reunited the director with his on-screen muse Romy Schneider, who according to Roger Ebert's Chicago Sun-Times review could "make a half-shy smile into the suggestion of unimaginable carnal possibilities."
- César et Rosalie documentary "Symphonie Metallique"
- Les Choses De La Vie featurette, "Serenade for Three"
- Booklet with new essay by author David N Meyer
L'IMPORTANT C'EST D'AIMER
Romy Schneider delivers a César Award-winning performance as a down-on-her-luck actress in L'important c'est d'aimer (That Most Important Thing: Love), Andrzej Zulawski's "passionate portrait of the dignity - and the indignities - of an actor's work" (Film Comment), which Melissa Anderson of The Village Voice called "intemperate, garish, outrageous and unmissable".
Forced to earn a living by accepting demeaning roles negotiated by her erratic husband, Nadine Chevalier (Schneider) encounters tabloid photographer Servais (Fabio Testi) on the set of her latest film. Desperate to win her affections, Servais secretly uses money borrowed from a shady associate to bankroll her next project, a production of Richard III with Nadine starring opposite the maniacal German thespian Karl-Heinz Zimmer (Klaus Kinski).
- Interview with director Andrzej Zulawski
- Booklet with a new essay by film critic Kat Ellinger.
- Original Trailer
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* Website: filmmovement.com