Jeanne Moreau is an icon of the French cinema who also experienced a streak of success as a vocalist during the 1960s. Born on January 23, 1928, in Paris, she broke into the film industry during the 1950s, appearing most notably in a pair of 1958 films by Louis Malle, [RoviLink="VW"]Ascenseur Pour l'+ëchafaud and [RoviLink="VW"]Les Amants. Following her breakthrough success in these films, she appeared in a long line of others by prominent directors, most notably Fran+ºois Truffaut, who immortalized her in his classic [RoviLink="VW"]Jules et Jim (1962), as well as Jean-Luc Godard ([RoviLink="VW"]A Woman Is a Woman, 1961), Michelangelo Antonioni ([RoviLink="VW"]La Notte, 1961), Orson Welles ([RoviLink="VW"]The Trial, 1962), Luis Bu+¦uel ([RoviLink="VW"]Diary of a Chambermaid, 1964), Rainer Werner Fassbinder ([RoviLink="VW"]Querelle, 1982), and Wim Wenders ([RoviLink="VW"]Until the End of the World, 1991). Moreau's recording career as a vocalist was sparked by her memorable performance of the song "Le Tourbillon" in [RoviLink="VW"]Jules et Jim. Released as a 45-rpm single by Philips in 1962, "Le Tourbillon" was written by Cyrus Bassiak (born Serge Rezvani). The full-length album Jeanne Moreau (1963), comprised of a dozen songs by Rezvani, was released on the Disques Jacques Canetti label in the wake of "Le Tourbillon." Subsequent silver-screen singing performances of note include the songs "Embrasse-Moi," a Bassiak song from the film [RoviLink="VW"]Peau de Banane (1963), and "Ah les P'tites Femmes de Femmes de Paris," a duet with Brigitte Bardot from the film [RoviLink="VW"]Viva Maria (1965). There was also another full-length album of Bassiak songs released on Disques Jacques Canetti, 12 Chansons (1966). Moreau's two full-lengths were later compiled by the British label +ël on The Immortal Jeanne Moreau (2008). Numerous other best-of collections were compiled over the years, most of them featuring soundtrack recordings such as "Le Tourbillon" alongside material from her full-lengths. ~ Jason BirchmeierPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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