Monthly Feature

The Films of Catherine Deneuve


“A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It’s the same qualities I require from a man.” – Catherine Deneuve

Throughout a dazzling career that has spanned half a century, Catherine Deveuve has become one of the great figures of French cinema.  Imperious, daring, remote and radiant, she is an acclaimed actress and celebrated beauty who has made more than 100 films and been a muse for fashion icon Yves St. Laurent, as well as the face of Chanel No. 5.   Befitting her monumental status in French culture, her image was used as inspiration for Marianne, the national symbol of France, in the 1980s.   When Deneuve made her name playing a sweet, love-struck salesgirl in the 1964 musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, she was an ingénue barely out of her teens.   She quickly became famous as a blonde beauty with fearless taste in film roles, embracing dark, offbeat and controversial material, and playing characters that were often sexually charged and mysterious.   The list of renowned European auteurs who have been captivated by her presence is long and illustrious, including Roman Polanski (Repulsion), Luis Buñuel (Belle de Jour), Francois Truffaut (The Last Metro) and, more recently, Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark) and Francois Ozon (8 Women). Award-winning, Oscar-nominated and still in high demand at the age of 73, Catherine Deneuve remains one of the busiest actresses in the French film industry – a testament to her timeless elegance, grace and talent. This August, The Loft Cinema proudly presents four classic films showcasing the incredible Catherine Deneuve.