“She's not especially beautiful or intelligent or sincere, but she’s a real woman,” says one of the smitten leads of Jules and Jim. He’s describing Jeanne Moreau’s capricious romantic but could well be speaking of the actress herself. Moreau—who embodied the style and free spirit of the New Wave with her unique combination of confidence and vulnerability—has made more than 100 films with top filmmakers around the globe. Orson Welles called her “the greatest actress in the world.”

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