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Isabelle Huppert

  1. Miou-Miou, La Femme flic, France, 1980.      Due to Heaven's Gate delays, it was Miou-Miou who won the César - and refused the award she had been nominated for nine times, feeling that artists should not compete against each other.
  2. Nathalie Baye, Le retour de Martin Guerre, France, 1981.       It had to be Depardieu, said realisateur Daniel Vigne, but who should be the wife? Inevitably the (usual) top three were discussed: Miou-Miou and the Isabelles:  Adjani and Huppert.  Then, French  casting ace Dominique Besnehard suggested one of his best-friend actresses. Baye read for Vigne.  Game over, girls!
  3. Dominique Sanda, Une chambre à ville, France 1982.        Jacques Demy announced her six years earlier..
  4. Carol Laure, Heartbreakers, 1984.  US auteur Bobby Roth interviewed 35 French actresses in Paris - and chose a French... Canadian.
  5. Isabelle Adjani, Camille Claudel, France, 1988.     A Claude Chabrol idea. No script. Adjani and her ex-lover - and ex-cameraman -Bruno Nuytten beat them to it. “Cha-Cha”rewarded Huppert by making her his muse for Violette Noziere,  Une Affaire de femmes,  Madame Bovary, La cérémonie, Rien  ne va plus, Merci pour le chocolat and L’Ivresse du pouvoir during1977-2006.
  6. Mathilda May, Therese Eberhardt, 1992.    After trying both Isabelles (usual rivals Adjani and Huppert), British director Ian Pringle settled for the "stolid" May.
  7. Holly Hunter, The Piano, Australia-France-New Zealand, 1992.       Kiwi director Jane Campion  shuffled several actresses for her Ada: Isabelle, Juliette Binoche, Angelica Huston, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Madeleine Stowe,  Sigourney Weaver and Sean Young. But Holly was able to perform most of the piano sequences, herself - winning the Oscar and Cannes Festival best actress double whammy.
  8. Juliette Binoche, Trois coleurs:Bleue, France-Poland-Switzerland, 1993.     Polish auteur Krzyzstof Kieslowski wanted Huppert for the first of his Bleue. Blanc, Rouge (Blue, White, Red) trilogy about the French love of liberty, equality, fraternity. He totally lost interest, however, on seeing her as German director Werner Schroeter’s Malina. His Paris producer Marin Karmitz suggested Binoche. Although thinking her too young, KK went to meet with her in London while she was making Louis Malle’s Damage in 1992. She took forever to sign her contract because her agent felt it more important for her to accept Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park rather than some unknown Pole. Binoche did not agree.
  9. Anne Parillaud, Sex Is Comedy, France, 2002.      Catherine Breillat directs a film about Catherine Breillat directing her previous pseudo-intellectual sex film, A ma soeur… (Yawn). Parillaud looked more like Breillat. And was decidedly cheaper. (Yawn). 
  10. Maggie Cheung, Inglourious Basterds, 2009.       Too busy preparing Copacabana (co-starring her daughter Lilita Chammah) to play Madame Mimieux, “French matron of the Cinematheque,” in Tarantino’s WWII caper.





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