Until December 3, 2022, the Passage Pierre Passebon gallery is honoring Isabelle Adjani through her most beautiful period costumes in cinema and theater. A unique exhibition on the occasion of the broadcast of the TV movie Diana of Poitiers by Josée Dayan, on November 7 and 14 on France 2, in which the French actress plays the mistress of Henri II.
“I’m not crazy you know… good evening!” Sixteen years later, the evocation of this parody always gives rise to a smile. In September 2006, while Isabelle Adjani interpreted the role of Marie Stuart every evening on the stage of the Marigny theater, Florence Foresti, then still unknown to the general public, made her debut on the set of the show We are not in bed on France 2 made up as the Queen of Scotland. A sketch in which the comedian gently makes fun of the actress’ eccentricities by exaggerating the clichés that surround her. One of them has been almost inseparable from Isabelle Adjani since her debut: the roles of queens in period films.
What could be better than costumes to pay tribute to the one who has embodied legendary sovereigns so well in cinema and theater since her debut? Marie Stuart, Marguerite de Valois and today Diane de Poitiers in a TV movie by Josée Dayan broadcast on November 7 and 14, 2022 on France 2. Each time tortured, passionate and modern women, to whom Isabelle Adjani gave all her power dramatic. A strength that she draws from her own personality.
During the César ceremony in 1989, when she had just won the prize for best actress for Camille Claudel of Bruno Nuytten, his speech caused a stir. At the antipodes of the eternal thanks, she reads in front of a stupefied audience a passage from Satanic Verses Iranian Salman Rushdie, threatened by a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini. An extract which, beyond the support given to the writer, testifies to the deep desire which animates the actress and guides her in her choice of characters: “The will is not to agree, not to to submit, to oppose.” Today, she is the most Caesarized actress in history with five awards to her credit, including one for Queen Margot by Patrice Chéreau, in 1995.
It is to pay tribute to these roles of strong and unforgettable women that the Galerie du Passage Pierre Passebon exhibits until December 3, 2022 the costumes that have made it successful. In the middle of 60 drawings and storyboards made by Maxime Rebière for the TV movie Diana of Poitiers crowned in majesty are iconic period dresses created by costume designers Dominique Borg and Stéphane Couvé-Bonnaire.
Among these outfits, one stands out: that of the Marilyn’s dizziness by Olivier Steimer, his last play to date, in 2022. If she does not embody a queen in the first sense of the term, she plays her own role, fictitiously dialoguing with Marilyn Monroe. A way of confronting two queens of cinema.
Isabelle Adjani The queens of hearts in majestyPierre Passebon – Passage Gallery
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