Romy Schneider exhibits at the Cinémathèque française from March 16 to July 31

40 years after his death, the ghost of the icon continues to hover everywhere: an exhibition and a retro at the Cinémathèque, a beautiful book, a Blu-Ray, classics on Netflix…

1982 – 2022. A lifetime without Romy Schneider. Or almost. 40 full years after his death, the myth persists with the litanies of rigor (tragic life, beautiful lovers, great roles, immense tragic actress, icon…) The same films reappear on TV – Sisi, The swimming pool, Things of life… – and we drown in her blue eyes while Romy seems to be constantly looking elsewhere. With Schneider, nothing is fixed, so we continue to dig. The most curious can thus leave the “Sautet” aside for the only “Cavalier”: The fight on the island (1962). This magnificent feature film does not appear in the mini-retro of the Cinémathèque Française on the sidelines of the major exhibition it is devoting to it (from March 16 to July 31) but a beautiful Blu-Ray exists at Gaumont. We hear him say to Trintignant: “I wanted to live, you make me die!“, all wrapped in a sharp black and white by Pierre Lhomme. At the other end of the spectrum, there are the rare woman’s clear by Costa Gavras (1979) and ghost of love by Dino Risi (1981), where Romy, as spectral as one could wish, already seemed to bid us farewell. Between all this, there is of course The important thing is to love by Andrzej Zulawski (1975) released for the first time on Blu-ray (The smoking cat). A film that we hope has been a distorting mirror for her. She embodied an actress in suffering forced to accept “olé olé” roles to hide misery. “Please don’t take pictures… said his anguished character. I’m an actress you know? I know how to do things well… I do that to eat…

Netflix for its part draws nine films labeled “Romy” with, among other things, the major films of its prolific collaboration with Claude Sautet: Things of life, Max and the scrap dealers, Caesar and Rosalie. Note the presence of the rarest Christina by Pierre Gaspard-Huit (1958) with the young and already very handsome Delon.

Netflix adds nine films with Romy Schneider to its catalog

The Cinémathèque exhibition bears the subtitle “The invention of the modern woman” betting on the supposed – and proven – immortality of the Romy icon. Prominently displayed, the curator of the exhibition, Clémentine Deroudille, placed an extract from the star’s diary: “In reality, I was simply ahead of my time. At a time when there was no question of women’s liberation anywhere, I undertook my own liberation. I forged my own destiny, and I don’t regret it.” The absence of regrets has of course not prevented injuries. Romy Schneider’s life looks like a long ordeal disguised as a night watch. Finally, to get his head above water, he remains The swimming pool. As blue as the pupil of his eyes. Jacques Deray’s film, that of the renaissance at the end of the seventies, seems to sum it all up: a sunny tragedy. Note the publication of this beautiful book: The swimming pool, illustrated story of the cult film by Luc Larriba (Huginn & Muninn), where readers’ mouths are bound to water. Happy you Roma!

Exhibition at the Cinémathèque française until July 31 (info and ticket office on the Cinematheque website).

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