Prot-a-gonist: No sense of nostalgia | Jeanne Moreau (1928-2017)

No sense of nostalgia | Jeanne Moreau (1928-2017)Jeanne2BMoreau2B1943
Jeanne Moreau, 1928-2017                                                                Jeanne Moreau, 1943

“I can’t belong to groups. I’ve tried. I behave normally, but people don’t look at me normally.”

“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.”

“I have always had the urge to open forbidden doors: with a curiosity and an obstinacy that verge on masochism.”

“Life is given to you like a flat piece of land and everything has to be done. I hope that when I’m finished, my piece of land will be a beautiful garden.”

“Nostalgia is when you want things to stay the same. I know so many people staying in the same place.”

Sabine Weiss, Jeanne Moreau, 1953                                                                   Jeanne Moreau, 1955


“Acting isn’t a profession, it’s a way of living ”

“When I’m acting, I’m two beings. There’s the one monitoring the distance between myself and the camera, making sure I hit my marks, and there is the one driven by this inner fire, this delicious fear.”

“Acting for me was the gospel, the love of the spoken word.”

“Some people are addicts. If they don’t act, they don’t exist.”

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François Truffaut, Jules and Jim (1962)

“The life you had is nothing. It is the life you have that is important.”

“In making dinner for a friend, don’t forget the love.”

“In these days people take up with each other and drop each other too easily. Pleasure is practiced like a sport, and the easy game of love leads to the dissolution of the feeling of love.”

“We have so many words for states of mind, and so few words for the states of the body. ”

“For me it’s not possible to forget, and I don’t understand people who, when the love is ended, can bury the other person in hatred or oblivion. For me, a man I have loved becomes a kind of brother.”

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Roger Vadim, Les liaisons dangereuses (1959)

“Nothing is more like truth than a lie, don’t you find? ”

“One thing you have to give up is attaching importance to what people see in you.”

“My analyst refused to hear my dreams. This was years ago.”

“I don’t like going where I’ve already been. Life is a myriad of territories to discover.
I don’t want to waste time with what I already know. ”

“I am a woman with absolutely no sense of nostalgia.”


Tony Richardson, Mademoiselle (1966)

“I shall die very young…maybe seventy, maybe eighty, maybe ninety. But I shall be very young.”

“Beyond the beauty, the sex, the titillation, the surface, there is a human being. And that has to emerge.”

“All fiction becomes autobiographical when the author has true talent.”

Jeanne Moreau, 1928-2017

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Luis Buñuel, Diary of a Chambermaid1964
Jeanne Moreau and Miles Davis during the recording of the music for Louis Malle’s
film “Elevator to the Gallows,” in December, 1957


Jeanne Moreau, 1963

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Jeanne Moreau, 1928-2017

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