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Double or nothing: remembering the shape-shifting excess of Jeanne Moreau

Now with blonde hair, now with a dark bob, now with a chignon—her characters were charming and terrifying. And every one of them was resolutely free

By Lauren Elkin  

Jules et Jim: Lauren Elkin remembers Double or nothing: remembering the shape-shifting excess of Jeanne Moreau.

We lost archetypes this week: first a femme fatale, then a cowboy. But, as with all archetypes, the actress Jeanne Moreau and the playwright Sam Shepard exceeded the expectations placed on them. This was arguably more important for her than for him—it is always tempting, as a woman, to appear just as expected, and to shy away from excess. But Moreau’s access to excess is why we love her.

She was a classic movie star, constantly shape-shifting: now with blonde hair,…

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