Edinburgh fest retros for Moreau, Clarke


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BERLIN -- French cinema legend Jeanne Moreau and the late New York filmmaker and actress Shirley Clarke will be the subjects for two special retrospectives at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, organizers said.

The Jeanne Moreau retrospective is a joint initiative between EIFF and the British Film Institute and will aim to paint a picture of the multihyphenate whose career includes singing, directing, screenwriting and producing.

Her films include Francois Truffaut's New Wave classic "Jules et Jim," Louis Malle's "Lift to the Scaffold" and Luis Bunuel's "Diary of a Chambermaid," among others.

Films showcased in the Clarke retrospective will include "The Cool World," "Portrait of Jason" and "The Connection," along with a selection of her shorts. Clarke, whose career spanned four decades, began as a dancer before establishing herself as a director of highly distinctive documentaries, feature films and shorts.

Clarke died in 1997 after suffering a stroke.

"Jeanne Moreau and Shirley Clarke represent exactly the sort of trailblazing spirit, boldness and intelligence that we celebrate yearly at EIFF," festival artistic director Hannah McGill said. "I think Moreau could confidently claim to have worked with more true legends of cinema than any other actress -- quite apart from being a creative dynamo in her own right. Her career is fascinating. Shirley Clarke, though less well-known, is an outstanding discovery: a true iconoclast and a pioneer in so many fields. Those who know these women's work will appreciate and share my excitement -- those who don't have everything to look forward to in June."

The Scottish capital-set event switched dates this year; it runs June 18-29, about two months earlier than its long-standing traditional timing in August.