Romy Schneider, the Austrian actress holding both a German and a French citizenship, began her career in the Heimatfilme* genre but in the 70s she found herself starring in the films of the most acclaimed French, British and Italian directors. It was then that she became an icon, still adored. Schneider in the early 60s moved to France and quickly attracted the interest of Orson Welles who gave her a leading role in the legendary transfer of the Kafka’ Trial play to the silver screen. Being in a relationship with Alain Delon, Schneider met Luchino Visconti with whom she collaborated in theater and in cinema, sealing the title of “actrice extraordinaire”.
In the late 1960s, Schneider met one more time with Alain Delon on set, after their separation – for the shootings of La Piscine and then met for the last time for The Assassination of Trotsky in 1972. During the 70s, Romy Schneider met director, Claude Sautet, shooting five of the most important films of both their careers: Les choses de la vie, Max et les ferrailleurs, César et Rosalie, Une histoire simple & Mado.
Schneider was already established as an icon in France by working with Sautet when she starred in the highly demanding “Le Train” of the French director Pierre Granier-Deferre and the films: Les innocents Aux Mains Sales and Le Vieux Fusil by Rod Steiger whilst L ‘important C’est d’aimer was the one to bring her the Cesar Award. In 1981 she retired from to deal with a family tragedy, leaving behind some of the most important films of the European Cinema as well as a reputation of a beautiful person.
Romy shines forever.
* Heimatfilme: German-speaking genre that was popular in Central and Northern Europe in the 1940s and ’50s
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