Starring Delphine Seyrig

Starring Delphine Seyrig

16 Episodes

One of the most mesmerizing presences in European art-house cinema, Delphine Seyrig was a favorite of visionary directors such as Chantal Akerman (JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES), Alain Resnais (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD), Marguerite Duras (INDIA SONG), Luis Buñuel (THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE), and Ulrike Ottinger (FREAK ORLANDO), bringing an air of ethereal mystery to her minutely detailed performances. Yet Seyrig bucked against the muse role that the era’s filmmaking offered her: her penchant for working with women auteurs was an extension of her feminist politics, which she also expressed in her often-overlooked directorial work, including the revealing documentary BE PRETTY AND SHUT UP!, about the experiences of actresses working in a sexist, male-dominated film industry.

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Starring Delphine Seyrig
  • Starring Delphine Seyrig Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Episode 2

    Directed by Alain Resnais • 1961 • France
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff

    Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais’ epochal LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD has been puzzling appreciative viewers for de...

  • Muriel, or The Time of Return

    Episode 3

    Directed by Alain Resnais • 1963 • France
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Kérien, Nita Klein

    Alain Resnais's MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN, the director's follow-up to LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, is as radical a reflection on the nature of time and memory as its predecessor. The always luminou...

  • Accident

    Episode 4

    Directed by Joseph Losey • 1967 • United Kingdom
    Starring Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Jacqueline Sassard

    Mysterious, subversive, and endlessly fascinating, ACCIDENT is a tantalizing modernist puzzle from director Joseph Losey and writer Harold Pinter. Stephen (Dirk Bogarde) is a middle-aged pro...

  • Mr. Freedom

    Episode 5

    Directed by William Klein • 1969 • France

    William Klein moved into more blatantly political territory with this hilarious, vicious Vietnam-era lampoon of imperialist American foreign policy. Mr. Freedom (John Abbey), a bellowing good-ol'-boy superhero decked out in copious football padding, jets...

  • Stolen Kisses

    Episode 6

    Directed by François Truffaut • 1968 • France
    Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale

    Jean-Pierre Léaud returns in the delightful STOLEN KISSES, the third installment in the Antoine Doinel series. It is now 1968, and the mischievous and perpetually love-struck Doinel has be...

  • The Milky Way

    Episode 7

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1969 • France
    Starring Paul Frankeur, Laurent Terzieff, Bernard Verley

    The first of what Luis Buñuel later proclaimed a trilogy (along with THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE and THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY) about “the search for truth,” THE MILKY WAY daringly deconstruct...

  • Donkey Skin

    Episode 8

    Directed by Jacques Demy • 1970 • France
    Starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Delphine Seyrig

    In this lovingly crafted, wildly eccentric adaptation of a classic French fairy tale, Jacques Demy casts Catherine Deneuve as a princess who must go into hiding as a scullery maid in order to fend o...

  • Daughters of Darkness

    Episode 9

    Directed by Harry Kümel • 1971 • Belgium
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Danielle Ouimet, John Karlen

    The vampire myth gets a disturbingly seductive psychosexual spin in one of the most exquisitely mesmerizing adult horror films ever made. International screen icon Delphine Seyrig stars as Elizabeth B...

  • A Doll’s House

    Episode 10

    Directed by Joseph Losey • 1973 • United Kingdom
    Starring Jane Fonda, Edward Fox, Trevor Howard

    Jane Fonda’s leading role in the 1970s women’s movement made her a perfect choice to portray the heroine of Henrik Ibsen’s classic feminist play in this adaptation directed by Joseph Losey. Nora Helme...

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    Episode 11

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1975 • Belgium
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte

    A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman’s JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores ...

  • India Song

    Episode 12

    Directed by Marguerite Duras • 1975 • France
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière

    The most celebrated of writer-filmmaker Marguerite Duras’s singular features unfolds within the decaying decadence of an embassy in 1930s India, where a French diplomat’s wife (Delphine Seyr...

  • Be Pretty and Shut Up!

    Episode 13

    Directed by Delphine Seyrig • 1976 • France
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Jill Clayburgh, Marie Dubois

    For this eye-opening documentary, screen icon Delphine Seyrig interviewed twenty-four French and American actresses—including Jane Fonda, Jill Clayburgh, Juliet Berto, Ellen Burstyn, Maria Schneide...

  • Freak Orlando

    Episode 14

    Directed by Ulrike Ottinger • 1981 • West Germany
    Starring Magdalena Montezuma, Delphine Seyrig, Albert Heins

    Ulrike Ottinger transforms Virginia Woolf’s queer feminist classic ORLANDO into an outrageous camp spectacle in which a gender-fluid time traveler (Magdalena Montezuma) zigzags across hi...

  • Golden Eighties

    Episode 15

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1986 • Belgium, France
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Fanny Cottençon, Pascale Salkin

    The exuberant enchantments of the singing, dancing musical meet the feminist, formalist sensibility of cinematic visionary Chantal Akerman in this uniquely captivating vision of love an...

  • Seven Women, Seven Sins

    Episode 16

    Directed by Chantal Akerman, Maxi Cohen, Valie Export, Laurence Gavron, Bette Gordon, Ulrike Ottinger, and Helke Sander • 1986 • France, Austria
    Starring Gabi Herz, Michael Dick, Kate Valk

    What constitutes a deadly sin today? Seven of the world’s best-known women directors produce their own vers...