Sunday, April 24, 2011

Muse Marie-France Pisier Was Lovely, RIP

On the heels of the death of American legend Elizabeth Taylor, comes Marie-France Pisier, starlet of the French New Wave, dead at 66.

Pisier began her film career when she starred as Colette in Truffaut's wonderful short film Antoine and Colette in 1962. This was the follow up to the spectacular The 400 Blows, which led to further extensions of the Antoine Doinel film cycle, where Pisier reprised the character of Colette in both Stolen Kisses (1968) and Love On The Run (1978).

I am a huge, huge fan of Truffaut, and in particular, the Antoine Doinel cycle. Pisier is magnificent in these films, especially in Antoine and Colette as the gorgeous but unattainable object of desire for the young Doinel. The scene where he first spots her in the cinema is pure magic, a poignant snapshot of the exact moment when a young man falls for a beautiful girl - all played out through the expressions between Antoine and Colette, without dialogue. These are some of my favorite moments in film history.

Marie-France Pisier, Rest In Peace.