If there was ever a born movie star, it was Romy Schneider. The radiantly beautiful daughter of German acting royalty, Schneider was propelled to stardom while still a teenager with her performance as the young Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the much beloved SISSI. Not content to play the ingenue for long, however, Schneider soon relocated to France, where she sought out more complex, challenging, and provocative roles in films like the languidly sexy thriller LA PISCINE, which capitalized on her smoldering chemistry with her onetime lover Alain Delon, and Andrzej Żuławski’s intense psychodrama THAT MOST IMPORTANT THING: LOVE, in which she delivered a fearlessly raw turn that earned her the inaugural César Award for Best Actress. Though her career was cut tragically short by her death at age forty-three, Schneider’s mystique has only grown over time thanks to the alluring combination of passion and intelligence she brought to every performance.
Directed by Jacques Deray • 1969 • France
Starring Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet
The bright sun of the French Riviera is deceptive in this alluring work of slow-burn suspense from thriller specialist Jacques Deray and legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. Formerly one of Euro...
Directed by Claude Sautet • 1970 • France
Starring Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider, Lea Massari
Fatally injured after a car accident, Pierre (Michel Piccoli), a successful Parisian architect, sees his life flash before his eyes. As the memories of his past—in particular his passionate but turbule...
Directed by Claude Sautet • 1972 • France
Starring Romy Schneider, Yves Montand, Sami Frey
Rosalie and David . . . Rosalie and César . . . César and David. Two and two make three in this charming, quintessentially Gallic portrait of a magnificently messy ménage à trois. Divorcée Rosalie (Romy Sc...