Marie Trintignant

  1. Isabelle Pasco, Hors-la-loi (Outlaws!), France, 1984.   Inspired by Coppola’a Outsiders, realisteur Robin Davis, wanted unknowns. He told his casting director Dominque Besnehard: Find me a new James Dean and Natalie Wood.  Fifteen of them!  With four assistants for the first time, he put ads in papers and film magazines and combed through colleges, schools, gyms, night clubs, streets and suburbs. They found 300 kids, but too young for such a violent movie ruled the Youth Commission – although making an exception for Cornillac, 15 (the only one to make a meaningful career) and Pascal Librazzi, 14 1/2.  Older actors were targeted.  Patrick Aurignac, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Perez, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Marie Trintignant made “extraordinary tests.” 
  2. Emmanuelle Beart L’Enfer, France, 1994.     French New Wave ikon Claude Chabrol started thinking  of  using a real couple –  Beart-Daniel Auteuil, Marie-François Cluzet, before deciding  that  – for a story of jealousy killing a marriage  – it would be safer to split the difference and  form his own couple: Beart and Cluzet.
  3. Ludivine Sagnier, 8 femmes (8 women), France,  2001.     After Charlotte Rampling in  Sous le sable, 1999, auteur François Ozon wanted to film more impeccable actresses  – a la Cukor’s The Women, 1938. Casting icon Dominique Besnehard recalled a creaky, 70’ whodunnit by Robert Thomas: 8 femmes. It proved a decent  launchpad…  now a la Douglas Sirk. At first, Ozon and Besnehard could only come up with 7 femmes, including Catherine Deneuve.  Poor Marie  was murdered in a ferocious assault (19 punches) by her  singer-lover Bertrand Cantat in Lithuania while making Colette, une femme libre in 2003. 


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