The films of Irène Jacob – L’Éclaireur Fnac

Every month, an artist (actor, author, singer, etc.) shares with L’Éclaireur about ten works that have particularly touched him, for different reasons, at different times in his life. . This month, it is the actress and comedian Irène Jacob who lends herself to the game.

The actress and comedian Irène Jacob, revealed to the general public in 1991 inside Veronique’s double life of the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski (1941-1996), for whom he received the Best Actor Award at Cannes, has toured with the greatest filmmakers: Jacques Rivette, Louis Malle, Wim Wenders, Claude Lelouch, Paul Schrader, etc. – And he has stood out both in Francophone cinema and internationally, as well as in series such as the OA (Netflix) or The case (Showtime), without abandoning his first passion for the theater.

Elected president of the Institut Lumière (Lyon) last September, where she took over from director Bertrand Tavernier after his death in March 2021, Irène Jacob –who also published a first novel in 2019 (big BangAlbin Michel) in tribute to her father – returns today for l’Éclaireur to the films that have deeply marked her.

What movie(s) made you want to make movies?

The films that have awakened me are true declarations of love for cinema – or rather a renewed declaration, like the New Wave films, for example. Contempt (1963) or Panting (1960) by Jean-Luc Godard, which testify to a certain rebirth of cinema. A cinema that we tried in the street, with a certain freedom of scenery. This adventure made me want to because when I saw them I was 20 years old and they told me about taking over the cinema to renew it with a lot of inventiveness, a lot of passion and a lot of risk.

I also thought of Bergman’s films, which I discovered when I arrived in Paris. I really like them for acting. He is a director who rehearsed a lot and sometimes screened his films in the theater. This level of play is highly desirable when you are a young actress. I felt the same about the films by John Cassavetes with Gena Rowlands, because I really liked the feeling that a director went with his film to meet his actors, in a fairly free adventure where the meeting suddenly became the central point of the film. .

Younger, they are also the films of Jacques Demy, again for this same inventiveness. There are a lot of movies that made me want to make movies, but each time it’s because of what they bring in terms of renewal, with this pretty strong team energy. The renewal never comes from a single director.

If you could only watch one movie on repeat, what would it be?

A Chaplin movie. I could name more than one. They are films that can be seen at all ages. Chaplin explores all the talents and develops all the emotions, he is very committed and has an incredible talent, be it for the acting, the choreographies, the story. Charlie Chaplin was visionary and brave. You can watch his movies repeatedly because they are layered, there is always something to discover. I could say The dictator (1940), or maybe City Lights (1931), which is a tribute to what it is to come out of the darkness through the encounter. If we go to the movies, it is also to meet.

A scene that makes your blood run cold?

The crime scene of you will not kill (1998) by Krzysztof Kieslowski. A Kieslowski film could not be missing from this list! Inside you will not kill, I think it explores what the duration is like, the difficulty of the act, the obstacle, everything that one overcomes by killing someone. We left fully tested by the weight of what it represents. It is not a gratuitous act, because he is pressured and is in spite of himself overwhelmed by this act.

Which movie moves you the most?

It’s very difficult to say! but i could tell the road (1954) by Federico Fellini. It is one of the films that especially moves me. To tell the truth, it touches me like a mystery; it touches something, perhaps the soul, we don’t know exactly. The duet between Gelsomina (Giulietta Massina) and Zampano (Anthony Quinn) is so wild, so incomprehensible… The characters are all very moving and we feel that Fellini is trying to film something about a relationship that has no place to be and that without However, it is completely justified. It is a moving movie.

A movie that you liked a lot, but that you will not see again?

the lives of others (2007) by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, because it was the last film my father saw. I had seen him before, I wanted to see him again and he died that day, after having seen him again. I will never see it again, because now it belongs to that story.

The movie you need to see but haven’t seen yet?

the nameless war (1992) by Bertrand Tavernier, I couldn’t help but mention it during this discussion either! It’s a four-hour documentary about the Algerian war and I’ve been thinking for a long time that I have to see this film. My father, like many, had suffered from having to go there.

The director or the director with whom you would have dreamed of shooting?

I would have liked to be in a François Truffaut film, I think I would have liked it a lot. He had such a way of filming women… Maybe Bergman too, but I don’t speak Swedish well enough for that!

The soundtrack you listen to endlessly.

I recently checked once upon a revolution (Sergio Leone, 1971) and it reminded me how absolutely brilliant Ennio Morricone’s music is! Here is a film where the light and music really transport the actors. Nowadays, music is not given enough time, it is often composed after the fact, with difficult budgets and not consistently with the same creativity. I listened to it several times after seeing it again and I still love Morricone’s music very much.

The last film(s) that marked you in the cinema?

I loved it The Event, Julie (in twelve chapters), Annette, A Hero, Lost Illusions, but also H6, a lesser known movie, a pretty amazing documentary about a hospital in Shanghai. These are movies that I found remarkable, each for different reasons.

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