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Maria Casares & Chloe Sevigny…..Kindred Spirits…..

Over the weekend, I watched, “Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne” (1945) by Robert Bresson, it was his last film to use professional actors and it was utterly breathtaking….the story involves a woman’s revenge for a broken heart…..played by Maria Casares, she is at once vulnerable and made out of steel….and in her controlled manner, she creates a destiny even she could not foresee….while engrossed in this film, I couldn’t help but think how much she reminded me of Chloe Sevigny…the following paragraph from Maria Casares obituary sums up these remarkable similarities best……

‘Her incredible eyes, that could express anger, scorn, hatred or the menace of eternity, but also love and incandescent passion, her noble bearing, which made her so suitable for the great female dramatic parts, and her deep expressive voice attracted all the major playwrights of the day’ John Calder, The Independent

It seems this Spanish born, French actress captured a world albeit mostly in the theater with the same mystical quality the amazing Chloe Sevigny holds today…..the intent in their words, the tone of their voice, down to the gestures in their acting, these women are kindred acting sisters…..

Photos: Patrick Demarchelier, David Sims, Paolo Roversi, Katja Rahlwes / Film Stills: Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne, Les Enfants du Paradis, La Chartreuse de Parme


  1. Irene wrote:

    Thank you for your post. I am impressed by the resemblance.
    My blog about Maria Casares is
    “Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne” is my fav film of hers. I cannot say it was breathtaking to me. I was just stunned.

    Friday, December 3, 2010 at 5:51 am | Permalink
  2. Ana-Cecilia wrote:

    Thank you…your blog dedicated to her is beautiful…she really was an amazing actress and beauty!

    Friday, December 3, 2010 at 6:09 am | Permalink
  3. Irene wrote:

    Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you liked my blog.

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Permalink
  4. Matthew wrote:

    I’ve been seeing this similarity FOREVER! Was watching Cocteau’s “Orpheus” today and had to google to see if anyone else had picked up on the similarities. Voila . . .
    you have! The resemblance is really uncanny!!! Thanks for the post!

    Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

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