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Maria Schneider's Arthouse

by Moira Sullivan
Maria Schneider at Créteil Film de Femmes, Paris, 2001© Moira Sullivan Maria Schneider was a devotee of arthouse film her entire life. When she was 15 and a half she left home, lived with Brigitte Bardot and through her met creative souls in the cinema who ushered her into film roles. At a young age she saw three or four arthouse films a day in Paris. Her love of arthouse film is exemplified by the kinds of films she was a part of through the years. She said she wished Last Tango had not been her first film, so that she could have a had a “sweeter and gentler” start. Yet she continued to choose good work and acted in over 40 films in her… Read more


Maria Schneider at Créteil Film de Femmes, Paris, 2001© Moira Sullivan

Maria Schneider was a devotee of arthouse film her entire life. When she was 15 and a half she left home, lived with Brigitte Bardot and through her met creative souls in the cinema who ushered her into film roles. At a young age she saw three or four arthouse films a day in Paris. Her love of arthouse film is exemplified by the kinds of films she was a part of through the years. She said she wished Last Tango had not been her first film, so that she could have a had a “sweeter and gentler” start. Yet she continued to choose good work and acted in over 40 films in her life. Her life surrounded the cinema even when she was not in the limelight. Maria was the vice president of “La Roue Tourne”, an organization for senior actors without unemployment insurance or income. In this group, said Maria, Marcel Carné was assisted for the last ten years of his life. In June 2010 Maria Schneider became inducted into the “Ordre des Arts et Lettres” in France, a tribute to an actor who was dedicated to the art of cinema. Hopefully MUBI will bring some of Maria’s films to this forum, with their original titles such as “La dérobade” and “La Babysitter.”This list includes films by other directors that Maria Schneider loved.

Salut Maria! Toujours!

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