Catherine Deneuve, certainly one of the most talented and fascinating stars in film history, has appeared, and left iconic impressions in films by Truffaut, Buñuel, Polanski, Demy, Melville, Ferreri, Aldrich, Tony Scott, Carax, Ruiz, Von Trier, Ozon and, of course, many others.
Consider this body of work, and then reflect that it only represents a fraction of her performances, and that she continues to work today:
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG ('64)
THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT ('67)
BELLE DE JOUR ('67)
MISSISSIPPI MERMAID ('69)
DONKEY SKIN ('70)
UN FLIC ('72)
DON'T TOUCH THE WHITE WOMAN! ('74)
THE LAST METRO ('80)
THE HUNGER ('83)
GENEALOGIES OF A CRIME ('97)
DANCER IN THE DARK ('00)
8 WOMEN ('02)
It's truly stunning. Also, it's a little sad that in the midst of such an amazing international career she was probably best known in the U.S. for her Chanel n°5 commercials. Such commercials though! They sell the notion of Deneuve's elegance and independence as much as they sell the perfume. We can see why they were so effective. It's all Deneuve.