The Top 10 Most Stunning French Actresses

14Jul10

In the movies at least, French women tend to both say less and wear less than their American counterparts. They walk alone in Paris streets like Jeanne Moreau, or along deserted beaches like Brigitte Bardot. They’re more often temptresses than girls next door. Jean-Luc Godard said that all one needs to make a film is a gun and a girl. But with the 10 actresses listed here, no need for a gun—they’re fatale enough on their own.

Name: Jeanne Moreau. Age:82. At her most stunning …in Louis Malle’s masterful New Wave film noir, Elevator to the Gallows (1958), her anguished footsteps syncopating Miles Davis’s haunting score as she walks alone through the streets of Paris.

Name: Brigitte Bardot. Age: 75. At her most stunning … sunbathing nude, writhing in the surf, and generally testing French small-town morals in God Created Woman (1956).

Name: Emmanuelle Béart. Age: 46. At her most stunning … as a pastoral nymph, dancing nude in sundrenched fields in Manon des Sources (1986).

Name: Aïssa Maïga. Age: 35. At her most stunning … singing loudly and clearly through a stream of tears in the activist Malian film Bamako (2006).

Name: Marion Cotillard. Age: 34. At her most stunning … surprisingly, in heavy makeup, channeling the passion of French songbird Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007), for which she won a best-actress Oscar.

Name: Audrey Tautou. Age: 33. At her most stunning … as a dimpled, saucer-eyed gamine in Amélie (2001), Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s sepia-tinted, accordion-saturated picture postcard of Paris.

via The Top 10 Most Stunning French Actresses | Vanity Fair.

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