Isabelle Yasmine Adjani (born June 27, 1955 in Paris' 17th arrondissement) is a César Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated French film actress. She is of German-Algerian parentage, and performs in her native French, English, and German. She has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Actress and was awarded the César award four times.
Adjani grew up in Gennevilliers, Hauts-de-Seine to Mohammed Adjani and a German Augusta Gusti. She was drawn to acting at a young age, playing in amateur theater by the age of twelve. As a fourteen-year-old, she appeared in her first motion picture.
She first gained fame as a classical actress for her interpretation of Agnès, the main female role in Molière's L'École des femmes, but soon left the Comédie française she had joined in 1972 to pursue a movie career. After minor roles in several films, she received positive reviews and much public acclaim for her performance in the 1974 film La Gifle (or The Slap)[...
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Adolphe is a classic French novel by Benjamin Constant, first published in 1816. It tells the story of an alienated young man, Adolphe, who falls in love with an older woman, Ellénore, the Polish mistress of the Comte de P***. Their illicit relationship serves to isolate them from their friends and from society at large. The book eschews all conventional descriptions of exteriors for the sake of detailed accounts of feelings and states of mind.
Constant began the novel on 30 October 1806, and completed it some time before 1810. While still working on it he read drafts to individual acquaintances and to small audiences, and after its first publication in London and Paris in June 1816 it went through three further editions: in July 1816 (new preface), July 1824 in Paris (restorations to Ch. 8, third preface), and in 1828. Many variants appear, mostly alterations to Constant's somewhat archaic spelling and punctuation.
Adolphe, the narrator, is the son of a government minister....
Ishtar is a 1987 comedy film, directed by Elaine May and starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman as "Rogers and Clarke", a duo of incredibly untalented lounge singers who travel to Morocco looking for work and stumble into a four-party Cold War standoff. It also starred Isabelle Adjani and Charles Grodin and was shot by Vittorio Storaro. The songs in the film were written by Paul Williams, with additional help from Hoffman and May.
The movie ran significantly over budget in production, due largely to unanticipated problems with desert filming, and was a financial flop, generating under $13 million in revenue. Its high-profile disastrous performance at the box office is part of the film's enduring bad reputation. Ishtar was nominated for Worst Picture in the 1987 Golden Raspberry Awards . The movie received overwhelmingly poor reviews, and holds a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. "Ishtar" has become synonymous with "box office flop."Echoing a similar box office...,
Subway is a 1985 French film directed by Luc Besson, starring Isabelle Adjani and Christopher Lambert and is part of the Cinema du look movement. The film was a reflection of the marginalised Génération Mitterrand of the 1980s. Themes of the film include young people without family connections being monitored and policed by older people, the rejection of capitalist society and 'high' culture being usurped by Pop Culture. Having stolen some compromising documents, a man known as Fred (Lambert) takes refuge in the fascinating underground world of the Paris Métro. While the henchmen of the gangster owner of the documents chase him, Fred develops a relation with his young trophy wife Héléna (Adjani) who is getting increasingly bored with her golden cage life. A number of fascinating characters pass by in the storyline, as Fred decides to form a band and perform in the subway. Among the band members are the Drummer (played by Jean Reno) and the Bass Player (Éric Serra), who have since...
One Deadly Summer (Original French title: L'été meurtrier) is a French film directed by Jean Becker.
Quartet is a 1981 Merchant Ivory Film, starring Isabelle Adjani, Maggie Smith and Alan Bates set in 1924 Paris. Premiere at Cannes Film Festival entry for Selection Officiel (Official Selection) and won Best actress for Isabelle Adjani.
Possession is a 1981 movie directed by Andrzej Żuławski. It was filmed in Berlin, West Germany. The director has stated that he wrote the screenplay in the midst of a messy divorce. Viewers have found it difficult to properly classify this film, whether as drama, horror, or suspense, but there are elements of all three present in the movie. Some reviewers have interpreted Possession as an intense drama focusing on the effects of marital problems and stress upon children.The film was very controversial when first released and heavily edited for distribution in the United States. In the United Kingdom, Possession was banned as one of the notorious Video Nasties, although released uncut on DVD in 1999. It gradually developed a minor cult following among arthouse aficionados.There have been comparisons to David Cronenberg's The Brood (who also produced his film while he was in the midst of a contentious divorce) and Ken Russell's The Devils.The character Mark (played by Sam Neill) returns...,
Nosferatu the Vampyre (ger. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht, eng. Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night) is a 1979 West German horror film, set primarily in 19th Century Wismar, Germany and Transylvania, Romania. Written and directed by Werner Herzog, Nosferatu the Vampyre stars Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula, Isabelle Adjani as Lucy Harker and Bruno Ganz as Jonathan Harker. The film also features French artist-writer Roland Topor as Renfield. Although the production is technically an adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, the film was actually conceived as a stylistic remake of the 1922 German Dracula adaptation, Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens.Herzog's production of Nosferatu the Vampyre was warmly received by critics and filmgoers alike, enjoying a comfortable degree of commercial success. The film also marks the second of five legendary collaborations between director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski, immediately followed by 1979's Woyzeck.An almost completely unrelated...,
The Driver is a 1978 crime film directed by Walter Hill and starring Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, and Isabelle Adjani. The film is notable for its impressive car chases and no frills style of filmmaking.
The Driver (O’Neal) is a professional getaway artist who specializes in stealing cars, which he then disposes of after using them for big-time robberies. Hot on the Driver's trail is a police Detective (Dern), who has nicknamed him "Cowboy" and is determined to bring him down. “I’m gonna catch the fish that’s never been caught,” he tells the Driver early on. The Detective becomes obsessed with getting the Driver off the streets for good...sufficiently obsessed, in fact, that the Detective himself sets up a bank job in order to entice--and trap, and ultimately arrest--the Driver. Yet the Detective's plan, on which he has staked no less than his badge, blows up in his face: both he and the Driver are set up and burned by a beautiful woman known only as the Player.
Saying it's "probably...,
The Tenant (French: Le Locataire) is a 1976 psychological thriller/horror film directed by Roman Polanski based upon the 1964 novel Le locataire chimérique by Roland Topor. It is also known under the French title Le Locataire. It co-stars actress Isabelle Adjani.This film does not clearly say whether the main character is mad or not, contrary to the previous entries in Polanski's Apartment Trilogy. Therefore a lot of theories have been made about it.This article contains a trivia section.The article could be improved by integrating relevant items into the main text and removing inappropriate items.Trelkovsky: These days, relationships with neighbors can be... quite complicated. You know, little things that get blown up out of all proportion? You know what I mean?Stella's Friend: No, no I don't. I mind my own business.Trelkovsky: I am not Simone Choule!Trelkovsky: [talking to himself] [he opens a box and takes out a pair of shoes] Oh! My! Where did you find these? They are beautiful!...,
The Story of Adele H. (also L'Histoire d'Adèle H.) is a 1975 English/French film which tells the story of the real-life Adèle Hugo, the daughter of writer Victor Hugo, whose obsessive unrequited love for a naval officer led to her downfall. The film is based on her diaries. It stars Isabelle Adjani, Bruce Robinson and Sylvia Marriott.
The movie was adapted by Jan Dawson, Jean Gruault, Frances Vernor Guille, Suzanne Schiffman and François Truffaut. It was directed by Truffaut.
The film tells the story of Adèle Hugo, the second daughter of Victor Hugo, who is devastated by the accidental death of her elder sister Léopoldine Hugo. Hugo is living in exile on the island of Guernsey where Adele meets and is seized by an obsessive love for a British officer, Lieutenant Pinson. She follows him to Halifax, Nova Scotia , and Barbados, West Indies and gradually degenerates as she realizes her love is unrequited. She descends into despair and madness. She dies in Paris in 1915, in her 85th...
Isabelle Adjani was born in Paris, Île-de-France
In 1940 Frédéric Auger, a young writer, receives a call from an old girlfriend of his, French film star Viviane Denvert, who asks him to come to her apartment immediately. Upon arriving, he discovers a corpse, "accidentally" killed, which Viviane asks him to dispose of. He agrees but is soon discovered, arrested, and sent to prison, just as the Germans are approaching Paris. The remainder of the film traces the confused adventures of the characters as they evade the Germans and seek rest and companionship.