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Romy Schneider starred in Bertrand Tavernier’s Death Watch (La mort en direct, 1980) playing a dying woman whose last days are watched on national television via a camera implanted in the brain of a journalist (Harvey Keitel).

Romy Schneider was a film actress born in Vienna who held German and French citizenship. She started her career in the German Heimatfilm genre in the early 1950s when she was 15. From 1955 to 1957, she played the central character of Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the Austrian Sissi trilogy. Schneider moved to France where she made successful and critically acclaimed films with some of the most notable film directors of that era.

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Romy Schneider & Alain Delon immediately fall in love and settle in Paris where they become engaged and incarnate one of cinema’s most charismatic and glamourous couple. Helped by her fiancé who presents her to the major directors of the 1960s, the actress’s career expands itself and she delivers a whole new image, far from the naive roles of her native country.

Romy Schneider photographed at home by Giancarlo Botti, Paris, 1975.

Alain Delon placed a piece of paper with the following words on her tomb:

Tu n’as jamais été aussi belle, tu vois j’ai appris quelques mots allemands pour toi: Ich liebe dich meine Liebe.

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Romy Schneider, Annie Girardot – Interview (1961)

En juin 1964, Romy obtient la « Victoire du Cinéma français », récompensant la « meilleure actrice étrangère de l’année ». La même année, elle tourne L’Enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot, film inachevé pour lequel elle change radicalement d’image et révèle son potentiel érotique.

Cinema, short for cinematography, is often used to refer to the industry of films and filmmaking or to the art of filmmaking itself. The contemporary definition of cinema is the art of simulating experiences to communicate ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty or atmosphere.


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