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A woman has to be intelligent, have charm,
by Catherine Deneuve

A woman has to be intelligent, have charm,
a sense of humor, and be kind.
It's the same qualities I require from a man.
- Catherine Deneuve

Related topics: Intelligence

Being an actor means being an instrument for someone else.
I want to give myself completely.
- Catherine Deneuve

I choose my roles carefully.
- Catherine Deneuve

I think the clothes in Belle de Jour are very important
to the style of the film.
Even today, it is still timeless.
- Catherine Deneuve

 

I don't enjoy.
I suffer from enjoying.
It's very Christian.
- Catherine Deneuve

Sex is a big question mark.
It is something people will talk about forever.
- Catherine Deneuve

The story is more important to me than the part.
- Catherine Deneuve

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I like some of the early silent films because I love
to watch how actors had to play then.
What would interest me today is to do a silent film.
- Catherine Deneuve

People don't know very much about me.
They do not know what really goes on in my private life.
- Catherine Deneuve

Directors have to push me.
I have to be pushed up.
Not all the time, but often.
- Catherine Deneuve

In America you need a bodyguard to go out.
- Catherine Deneuve

A lot of actors don't like to see how they've done every day.
- Catherine Deneuve

I love vampire stories.
That's why I did the movie.
Women especially were taken with that movie-even more
so when it came out on video.
- Catherine Deneuve

I was never a dangerous woman.
I'm not the prissy blonde woman that could take your husband away.
- Catherine Deneuve

Actors have to be there and do the work,
and that's enough.
- Catherine Deneuve

Lesbians and gays...
they still have to fight, even inside.
It's not that simple, even if they seem to be accepted.
- Catherine Deneuve

Polanski was very precise.
I think he still is.
- Catherine Deneuve

You suffer as an actor.
It's difficult to be an actor and live a good life,
especially today.
- Catherine Deneuve

Even if a woman is abused a very long time ago,
it comes out in her life in a negative way.
- Catherine Deneuve

I like being famous when it's convenient for me and
completely anonymous when it's not.
- Catherine Deneuve

I'm lucky; people write scripts for me.
- Catherine Deneuve

Love is suffering.
One side always loves more.
- Catherine Deneuve

I can be very critical on myself and on other people;
I can be very demanding.
- Catherine Deneuve

When I first see the dailies, I look only at myself,
but then you start to see the scene.
- Catherine Deneuve

I get irritated, nervous, very tense or stressed,
but never bored.
- Catherine Deneuve

Marriage is obsolete and a trap.
- Catherine Deneuve

It's always difficult to play a scene of physical violence
because you're always afraid that you don't know your
own strength and might hurt someone.
- Catherine Deneuve

That's what I like about film-it can be bizarre,
classic, normal, romantic.
Cinema is to me the most versatile thing.
- Catherine Deneuve

Opportunities are often things you haven't noticed the first time around.
- Catherine Deneuve

I love to do very long and complicated scenes.
- Catherine Deneuve

I have a strong sense of responsibility.
I like to be directed, it's true.
If I didn't like that, I'd do something else.
- Catherine Deneuve

Prostitution happens to you because of troubles you had.
In reality no woman would choose to do that.
- Catherine Deneuve

I cannot imagine having a physical relationship with a woman.
I have not done that.
But I really love women.
- Catherine Deneuve

On Belle de Jour, the producer was very protective.
It was very hard for me.
- Catherine Deneuve

All women who kill or have sexual obsessions or who
are prostitutes have trouble with their fathers.
- Catherine Deneuve

I had mice that I kept as pets when I was very young,
and I've always liked the way they look.
Even rats.
I'm not scared of them.
- Catherine Deneuve

I've always been able to decide what was more important
at different points in my life,
but I never gave up personal things to work,
never.
- Catherine Deneuve

Bjork is a very original, interesting person.
I like her very much.
- Catherine Deneuve

I always try to keep that feeling of being on the edge.
I'm afraid of knowing too well and seeming mechanical.
- Catherine Deneuve

Being a film actor is very different from a theatre actor.
- Catherine Deneuve

Mississippi Mermaid was a very special experience because
we only had the dialogues for the scenes we were shooting the night before.
- Catherine Deneuve

I would have liked maybe to be in architecture or painting,
something connected to the fine arts.
- Catherine Deneuve

You can express a lot of things, a lot of action without speaking.
- Catherine Deneuve

I live very normally, I go out with my friends,
we go to the movies, I queue, we go to restaurants.
- Catherine Deneuve

I have been involved in some films other actresses would not have done.
- Catherine Deneuve

I'm not an admirer of action movies.
I just think, Oh my God, it must be so tiring.
- Catherine Deneuve

Even if there are a lot women in films,
there are few who are lesbians, that people know about.
- Catherine Deneuve

I never hoped that both my children would become actors.
I expected them to do something else.
- Catherine Deneuve

I don't live that much with the character.
I find it hard enough having to spend so many hours
with the character during the day.
- Catherine Deneuve

I wouldn't say no to being in a film with Jude Law.
I love English actors.
- Catherine Deneuve

Cinema is still a very young art form with extraordinary
techniques and very impressive special effects but
sometimes it seems the soul has been taken out of things.
- Catherine Deneuve

I admire directors so much, I find them incredible:
they manage such a huge number of people of different characters,
think of the money involved.
- Catherine Deneuve

To have a public life, you still have the right to a private life.
- Catherine Deneuve

I am frivolous.
Then I feel guilty.
- Catherine Deneuve

I'm not always the nicest person to meet,
because I forget very easily that I'm an actress when I'm not working.
- Catherine Deneuve

There are relatively few role models for young people.
We are in a society that is ruled by men.
- Catherine Deneuve

Sometimes it's more difficult to do very simple,
low-key films.
- Catherine Deneuve

I don't see any reason for marriage when there is divorce.
- Catherine Deneuve

You get involved with a character after spending a long time waiting,
and this demands a lot of energy and concentration.
- Catherine Deneuve

I love to not work.
I like to travel.
I work maybe half the year, no more.
- Catherine Deneuve

I didn't devote my life to acting.
I give a lot to my work, but my life has always been more important.
- Catherine Deneuve

I have no physical courage, I've asked for a double.
- Catherine Deneuve

Being an actress is a very physical thing.
If I didn't look the way I looked, I would never have started in films.
- Catherine Deneuve

It's very difficult for me to speak about being an actor.
- Catherine Deneuve

Acting is also working with people who invite you into
their dreams and trust you with their innermost being.
- Catherine Deneuve

People expect a lot more from someone they think looks interesting.
It's a burden.
- Catherine Deneuve

I go to the movies a lot, and I regret when I see some
actor that I used to like,
to find them offering no more surprises.
- Catherine Deneuve

Truffaut loved actresses, and he was very intense.
All the actresses I knew wanted to do a film with him.
- Catherine Deneuve

This book was company for me - I wrote these things when I was in hotels,
far from where I normally live.
I never intended to publish it.
- Catherine Deneuve

I like all these little animals that run and eat and hide all the time.
I like their faces, They seem to be scared and curious at the same time.
- Catherine Deneuve

Film is a very young art that is still evolving.
Soon, we shall reach a balance between content and technology.
- Catherine Deneuve


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