n°36/ What are they telling them?

September 2012

by Nathalie Azoulai


Many pictures show actors and directors in close conversation. Shop talk? Private jokes? One can easily imagine that those small ear talks deal with acting tips. How about directors directing their own wife or lover such as Bergman with Ullmann, Welles with Hayworth, Minnelli with Garland, Lynch with Rossellini? Let's imagine François Truffaut honeying Catherine Deneuve while asking her to be quicker, slower, deeper on a scene? Or Sam Mendes confessing Kate Winslet that he would die to have sex with her right away...

Who will ever decipher those very private conversations will reveal the secret legend of cinema and open the precious black box of acting

Have a look at our Directors' section to investigate...