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CATHERINE DENEUVE SAYS: “YOU DON’T TELL THE SAME STORIES”

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Ms. Deneuve, after so many years as an icon of French cinema, do you still need to be directed at all?

Yes, otherwise I would have nothing to do. I don’t want to only do what I know how to do. I want to be pushed somewhere else. I need a director because I think actors need to be directed. Of course I could direct myself, but I would do things that I’ve already done, you know? And that’s the danger at a certain time for an actor, to do things in an easy way, to always choose the same style of characters.

You want to keep reinventing yourself.

Not to reinvent, but to have the impression that a new film is a first film in a way. That’s the impression that I have when I do a film anyway. I don’t feel blasé. I wouldn’t like to do something and have the impression that I’ve done it before and it’s just going to be one more day. There should always be a challenge in the everyday life of work.

You’ve been acting for 50 years and have appeared in over 100 films. Haven’t you already done everything?

I haven’t done everything yet. (Laughs) Human nature is a very wide thing. There are roles that are more in relation with people of my generation. When you grow older in life, it’s the same thing. You have an experience and a type of character that you cannot play if you are 30, let’s say. It’s difficult to find a good path. You can grow older better in Europe than in America, that’s for sure. But women seem to be younger than they were 50 years ago. It’s the evolution of human beings, ah? 40 years ago, when you see a 50-year-old woman, she looked her age. Today, much less.

What has changed the most in the last 50 years of filmmaking?

The thing that has changed a lot is the technique. The fact that you work with much smaller cameras, with less light, cameras are always much closer to you… As an actor you have to adapt. At the beginning it was very difficult to have cameras so close to you. It was not like that before! In a certain way you had a field where you were acting. Today, the camera can be right next to you! So that was a little difficult for me at the beginning.

Catherine Deneuve as absent minded Carol Ledoux in Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965)

The stories being told now are a lot different than when you started out, too.

The stories are always sort of a mirror image of society, so cinema has been following society and the way people live and the way people love, the way they show their feelings. Cinema has always been a reflection of that, so of course it has changed. In 30 years it has changed a lot. People get divorced much more easily, women can have sex without the fear of getting pregnant, that has changed a lot of things and cinema has been following that. You don’t tell the same stories. Now you cannot smoke in films so it will look different. You have mobile phones – that changes a lot of things in the plot of a story! Before you could imagine situations where the fact that you couldn’t get in touch with someone would create an incredible situation, but today it’s very different. Everyone’s got a mobile phone so you can contact anyone, anywhere, anytime. It does change things.

Do younger actors have a different way of working now than they used to?

I don’t feel that the younger actors are very different in their way of working. I just think there is not enough time because there is not enough money. There is less time to do everything.

There is more of a hurry to produce than in the ’60s and ’70s?

Yeah, everything is more expensive… It’s very difficult. It’s a big problem. The European cinema is not like the American cinema that can go anywhere and you get a chance to get the film paid back in a few months. It’s not like that for a French speaking film. Everything is becoming more expensive all the time. It’s just the balance, you know? Maybe the camera is less important and you need fewer lights nowadays, but they still spend a lot on the costs and all the salaries and we pay a lot of taxes in France. But I’m not complaining! I don’t want to be heard as that! But it makes a very big difference compared to some other countries. Still I think there are too many films made. When I receive the box of the César Awards, and you see the amount of the French films… I think there are too many French films.

Do you consider yourself first and foremost a French actress or a European actress?

I think both, frankly. I feel very French, but I speak Italian and English, so I feel very European. But I don’t feel close to English people, for example. It’s not that far away geographically, but I don’t feel close to English people because it’s such a different sensibility, such different characters. We are so different. I feel closer to Spanish or Italian people than to English people. Because of the nature of the Latin character compared to an Anglo-Saxon character. We have different educations… we are very different.

“I don’t want to only do what I know how to do. I want to be pushed somewhere else.”

Can you imagine a life without acting?

It’s too late! (Laughs) I’m at an age where I can’t say, “Oh, I’m going to change my career.” You retire or you go on doing what you do. That’s all.

Would you agree to someone making a film about your life?

I don’t think I have a right to say no, do I?

No, but you can choose to cooperate or not.

Ah, oui. No, no, no. I’m not interested in giving myself more than what I’ve done. No, I have no desire for that at all. I don’t have the desire to be more public. I need to keep things for my life.

Well it’s likely to happen at some point or another. You’ve already received a lot of tributes, like the Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Film Awards in 2013…

I’m going to be careful about that. Tributes, they start at the time where things seem to be slowing down!

You seem to be speeding up the last five or ten years…

No, no, no, I’m not speeding up! I’m not doing more films than I used to! But, you have to be careful with what they call “homage,” “tribute,” because it becomes something very… final in a way.

Sure, but it’s not uncommon for filmmakers to work well into their 70s or even 80s.

70 is young for a director. I think if you are very busy doing something you like very much, like making films or writing, I think it helps you stay in shape, even if you are very tired. I wouldn’t say it keeps you young, but it keeps you in shape.

But you still haven’t given up smoking have you?

Who, me? No. (Laughs) You can’t do everything, ah?

Don’t people warn you about smoking?

All the time.

What do you say to them?

I don’t say, “Mind your own business,” I say, “Yes, I know, thank you.” But what kind of advice is that? “You shouldn’t smoke so much. You should stop smoking.” Yes, of course I should, but that’s not what I’d call advice. That’s a fact! Give me advice on how to stop smoking without suffering. Yes, that would be interesting.

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Top 10 Quotes From Elon Musk’s Genius

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Regardless of whether we’re discussing on the web instalments, science, innovation or space travel, the name Elon Musk should fly up in your psyche.

Alluded to as the Nikola Tesla of our age, Elon Musk is a business person, business head honcho, speculator, designer, and innovator. This person unquestionably knows his way with cash. He turned into a multimillionaire in his late 20s when he sold his first new business, Zip2.

The founder of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX trusts in humankind and needs to change the world, and this isn’t merely pie in the sky considering. The man is really taking a shot at lessening an unnatural weather change and building up a human settlement on Mars to forestall human elimination. What more verification do you have to trust that all that you decided is conceivable?

Here are 11 Elon Musk quotes to influence you to begin taking a shot at your fantasies, regardless of how unimaginable they may appear to be at present.

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.

The first step is to establish that something is possible then probability will occur.

Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.

I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.

Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.

If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.

Life is too short for long-term grudges.

I take the position that I’m always to some degree wrong, and the aspiration is to be less wrong.

People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.

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Top 5 Things We Picked From Cristiano Ronaldo’s Interview

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Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about his life in his most cosy meeting to date with The Players’ Tribune.

The Real Madrid forward talks about everything from his first football memory, to his most significant minute in the game, and each inclination he had in the middle.

He additionally discusses his family, the two his folks who helped him achieve the highest point of the diversion, and his child, who helped him value the most important things throughout everyday life.

Underneath we have select five intriguing applies from the long meeting – 5 things you’ll certainly be intrigued to find out about the Portuguese.

Ronaldo played football on the roads… among cars.

Each adolescent has a type of memory of playing on concrete, regardless of whether it’s merely booting a ball against a check.

In any case, as indicated by future four-time Ballon d’Or champ Ronaldo, he used to play in the street, while autos were driving past. Thank the ruler there were no mishaps, eh?

He wasn’t prepared to leave home and battled at Sporting Lisbon.

Ronaldo appears to be the most satisfied person on the planet, yet at 11 years old he didn’t feel prepared to leave home for the Portuguese capital.

As per the man himself he battled at the Sporting Lisbon institute and was exceptionally achy to visit the family, just observing his folks once like clockwork. Luckily he stuck it out, and things showed signs of improvement.

He understood he was unique at the Academy.

It likely didn’t come as a lot of disclosure, considering the reality he would go ahead to end up the best player on the planet. However, Ronaldo can pinpoint the minute he knew he was extraordinary.

He’d show signs of improvement of his partners in preparing and was regularly lauded for his capacity. So, he conceded he was worried about being too little.

Turning into a father at Real Madrid made his chance at club additional exceptional.

It must be truly unique to advance out onto the pitch wearing the all-white Real Madrid strip and having the capacity to tell the world you’re a Los Blancos player.

Be that as it may, as indicated by Ronaldo, this has all been made additional unique by the reality he fathered his child while at the club, which he concedes changed his point of view.

Holding hands and strolling with child is his most memorable moment

Strolling as an inseparable unit with his child in Cardiff is his most loved memory.

All through the meeting, Ronaldo talks gladly about every one of the trophies he has won in his profession, however, concedes they implied more to him when he was more youthful.

Today he views his most loving memory as strolling around the pitch at Cardiff clasping hands with his young child after winning the Champions League. Favour.

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DAVID BAILEY SAYS: “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CROSS THE ROAD?”

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Mr. Bailey, would you swear in front of the Queen?

No, if you’re going to accept the Queen you have to accept the tradition. You know, I’ve got nothing against the monarchy. I think there are too many hangers-on, but that’s also a cliché thing to say. I doubt she’d be too shocked. She’s been around; she’s not stupid.

You recently took the official photo for her 88th birthday.

Yes and I think she looks incredible for 88. I had never photographed her before.

Why not?

I wouldn’t photograph anybody if they only give you five minutes. I don’t care who it is. I don’t care if God phoned me up and said, “I want a picture, I’ve only got five minutes.” I’d say, “Well, work some of your magic and make it longer!” Even though I’m actually quicker than most and I usually get bored before they get bored.

What kind of people are the most difficult to photograph?

Lots of politicians are so full of themselves. Sports people too a bit. But actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie. But the fewer people they come with, the more interesting they usually are. Johnny Depp came with nobody so I knew it was going to be all right. Jack Nicholson never came with anybody, but Jack’s different because I’ve known him for so long.

You once said Jack Nicholson is the smartest actor because he knows something nobody else does. What is it that he knows?

I don’t fucking know. If I knew, I’d be as smart as him. (Laughs)

One of the things that fascinated me when I met him was his grin and the sparkle in his eye when he talked about women.

Yeah, with Viagra. He’s the first person that told me about Viagra.

When was that?

Oh, years ago. Before everyone knew about it! (Laughs)

“Actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie.”

When you know someone very well like you do Jack Nicholson is it easier to take a great portrait of them?

It depends. It’s one of those abstract things. We had a difficult bloke this week, what was he called? Van Morris or somebody… He was so grumpy. But I loved him being grumpy because I could use his grumpiness. I got a great grumpy picture out of him. If I see another picture of a rock ‘n’ roller against some graffiti… It drives you mad, the same old picture! Can’t they ever think of something different to do? So I don’t mind people that are difficult. I quite like that. It amuses me because there is always a way around it. I mean, no one could be more difficult than Van whatever he’s called, Van Morrison.

It seems pointless to have your picture taken if you’re not going to cooperate though.

Well he left really happy, Van Morrison. But it is kind of pointless to come here if you’re not going to help me. They might not like the picture, but one day they will. One day that’s what they’re going to look like – whether they look like that or not. Medici said to Michelangelo, “That sculpture doesn’t look like me.” Michelangelo said, “Listen, you’ll be dead in 20 years, but this will be around for 2,000 years. So, that’s what you look like!” You could say that a bit with photography.

Does it often happen that people aren’t happy with their portrait, but then years later change their mind?

Yeah. 10 years later usually. We had one recently, I won’t mention his name, I shot him 30 years ago and he said, “I hate the picture.” But his wife bought one for him as a birthday present recently. (Laughs) 30 years later and come get the picture.

Are celebrities more difficult nowadays than they were 30 or 40 years ago?

Well, I avoid celebrities. I’m not really interested in people that come with PR. That’s probably why I can’t work in America, because I don’t take all that bullshit. I don’t know how people like Bruce Weber manage, because it would drive me mad. All these silly people who don’t know anything that come with celebrities and try to tell you what to do. It’s madness! They brought it on themselves, the magazines. They should have been stricter. They should have said, “No, we’re not showing you. We’re doing the interview and that’s that.” But instead they pander to them and in the end they end up owning you. Those magazines are owned by the celebrities, really.

You don’t strike me as the type to pander to anyone.

I never really read what people write about me, but the comments people made when doing this exhibition recently at the National Portrait Gallery are so stupid. “Oh, Bailey panders to these people.” I don’t pander to anybody. I just do the picture I do. I don’t care who it is. And I won’t do pictures if people want approval. It has always seemed stupid to me that they ask you to do something and then want to sort of tell you how to do it. What madness!

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