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Maria Schneider is a Actor French born on 27 march 1952 at Paris (France)

Maria Schneider

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Birth name Maria-Hélène Schneider
Nationality France
Birth 27 march 1952 at Paris (France)
Death 3 february 2011 (at 58 years) at Paris (France)
Awards Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres‎

Marie Christine Schneider, better known as Maria Schneider, (27 March 1952 – 3 February 2011) was a French actress. She became known, at the age of 19, for playing Jeanne opposite Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's film Last Tango in Paris (1972); and The Girl in Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975), opposite Jack Nicholson.


In 1974, Schneider came out as bisexual. In early 1976, she abandoned the film set of Caligula and checked herself into a mental hospital in Rome for several days to be with her lover, photographer Joan Townsend. This, coupled with her refusal to perform nude, led to Schneider's dismissal from the film. She was replaced by Teresa Ann Savoy.

The 1970s were turbulent years for Schneider, marked by drug addiction, overdoses, and a suicide attempt. Schneider said that she disliked the instant fame accorded to her from Last Tango in Paris. She suffered abuse and began taking drugs.

I was rock'n'roll. About drugs, we did not know at the time, it was so dangerous. There was an ideal, to change society, and especially a thirst for novelty...I have lost seven years of my life and I regret it bitterly...I started using drugs when I became famous. I did not like the celebrity, and especially the image full of innuendo, naughty, that people had of me after Last Tango. In addition, I had no family behind me, who protect you ... I suffered abuse. People who come up to tell you unpleasant things on planes. I was tracked down, and I felt hounded.

By the 1980s, however, her life had improved:

"I was very lucky – I lost many friends to drugs – but I met someone in 1980 who helped me stop. I call this person my angel and we've been together ever since. I don't say if it's a man or a woman. That's my secret garden. I like to keep it a mystery."

Best films

Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Memoirs of a French Whore (1979)
Savage Nights (1992)

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Filmography of Maria Schneider (39 films)

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A French Gigolo, 1h45
Directed by Josiane Balasko
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Nathalie Baye, Éric Caravaca, Isabelle Carré, Josiane Balasko, Catherine Hiegel, Marilou Berry
Roles Marie-Hélène
Rating59% 2.98632.98632.98632.98632.9863
Judith is a regular male prostitution and meet Patrick who hides his double life from his wife. She finds out by answering his phone and will catch him in his hotel room with a client. First offended by the behavior of her husband, she asks him to continue to "be-boy escort" to pay the bills of his hairdresser. Judith and Patrick then live a love story but Patrick renounces to stay with his wife, then one day he must choose between his wife and Judith.
A.D. La guerre de l'ombre, 1h
Directed by Laurence Katrian
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jérôme Kircher, Lionnel Astier, Maria Schneider, Dimitri Storoge, Vincent Colombe
Roles Donatienne Klein (personnage d'Helyette Bess)
Rating61% 3.050313.050313.050313.050313.05031
La traque du groupe terroriste Action directe par la police française de 1979 à 1987.
The Key
The Key (2007)
, 1h55
Directed by Guillaume Nicloux
Origin France
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Actors Guillaume Canet, Marie Gillain, Vanessa Paradis, Josiane Balasko, Thierry Lhermitte, Jean Rochefort
Roles Solange
Rating56% 2.8052.8052.8052.8052.805
Eric Vincent, thirties, leads an uneventful life alongside his wife Audrey. While the couple talking about having a child, the young man was contacted by a friend of his biological father he never knew. Eric learns that his parent is dead and he can come and collect the ashes of his body he wants. Reluctant at first, he eventually accepted. This was the start of a diabolical plot which is several stories collide, several destinies ...
La Vie d'artiste
Directed by Marc Fitoussi
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Sandrine Kiberlain, Émilie Dequenne, Denis Podalydès, Valérie Benguigui, Marilyne Canto, Camille Japy
Roles l'épouse de Joseph Costals
Rating63% 3.1871953.1871953.1871953.1871953.187195
Alice rêve de se voir sur un écran de cinéma ou de brûler les planches. Mais pour l'instant, en guise de premier rôle, elle prête sa voix à Yoko Johnson, la courageuse détective d'un dessin animé japonais...
The Repentant, 2h5
Directed by Laetitia Masson
Origin France
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Isabelle Adjani, Sami Frey, Samy Naceri, Aurore Clément, Catherine Mouchet, Maria Schneider
Roles Charlottes Schwester
Rating56% 2.8061452.8061452.8061452.8061452.806145
Une jeune femme récupère une valise à la consigne d'une gare, s'enferme aux toilettes et en ressort en tailleur chic et lunettes noires. Elle achète un billet pour un train qui part vers la mer. Un jeune homme la suit et demande la destination du train à un contrôleur. Une femme peut-elle refaire sa vie quand son passé la poursuit ?
Actors (2000)
, 1h43
Directed by Bertrand Blier
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about films
Actors Pierre Arditi, Josiane Balasko, Jean-Paul Belmondo, François Berléand, Dominique Blanc, Claude Brasseur
Roles Self
Rating58% 2.9000452.9000452.9000452.9000452.900045
Some portraits of actors (exclusively men, with the exception of Josiane Balasko interpreting ... André Dussollier) who meet and tell their stories in an organized or incidentally. They question with a certain distance and irony on their craft.
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre (1996)
, 1h52
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about children
Actors Charlotte Gainsbourg, William Hurt, Anna Paquin, Joan Plowright, John Wood, Maria Schneider
Roles Bertha Mason
Rating68% 3.401073.401073.401073.401073.40107
Jane Eyre (portrayed as the orphan child by Anna Paquin and as an adult by Charlotte Gainsbourg) is the plain, impoverished young woman who is hired by Mr. Rochester (William Hurt) through Mrs. Fairfax (Joan Plowright) to work as a governess for Adele (Josephine Serre). Despite her mild unprepossessing manner more like a nun, Jane has strong internal passions and shows her strength in character in expressing her opinions and showing resolve in times of trouble. Rochester is the Byronic anti-hero who is tortured and tormented by family troubles, past injustices and secrets. Rochester and Jane find an affinity for each other and fall in love. The marriage date is set. What she does not realize is that she must share the estate (and ultimately Mr. Rochester) with his wife, Bertha (Maria Schneider), who is mentally ill and kept locked away in an upstairs attic with a nurse, Grace Poole (Billie Whitelaw).
In the Country of Juliets, 1h32
Directed by Mehdi Charef
Origin France
Actors Laure Duthilleul, Claire Nebout, Maria Schneider
Roles Raissa
Rating69% 3.464083.464083.464083.464083.46408
Trois femmes se rencontrent à l'occasion d'une grève des transports. Elles sortent de prison et ne se connaissent pas, mais vont se raconter leur vie.
Savage Nights, 2h6
Directed by Cyril Collard
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, Sida et LGBT, HIV/AIDS in film, LGBT-related film
Actors Cyril Collard, Romane Bohringer, Maria Schneider, Claude Winter, Clémentine Célarié, Laura Favali
Roles Noria
Rating68% 3.444163.444163.444163.444163.44416
“I feel I go through life like an American tourist, doing as many towns as possible", explains Jean, a camera man and aspiring film director. Handsome, but self-centered, childish and hedonistic, he has a complicated sex life. He is bisexual and HIV positive. During a casting session he meets Laura, a lively, eighteen-year-old aspiring actress. Captivated by her charm, Jean soon is pursuing her and she quickly falls in love with him. They start a passionate affair. At the same time, the restless Jean pursues a relationship with Samy, a young rugby player. Samy, who has emigrated with his mother and brother from Spain, is unemployed and equally troubled. He is straight and although living with his girlfriend, Marianne, he has no qualms about his homoerotic relationship with Jean, who has a big crush on him.
Écrans de sable, 1h30
Directed by Randa Chahal Sabbag, Marc-Henri Dufresne
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Maria Schneider, Laure Killing, Michel Albertini, Raouf Ben Amor, Sandrine Dumas, Rim Turki
Roles Sarah
Rating19% 0.9534550.9534550.9534550.9534550.953455
Une ville au milieu du désert se meurt. Les femmes y sont doublement voilées. Sarah est ambitieuse et impatiente, et veut quitter ce désert où elle est maintenue contre son gré.
Bunker Palace Hotel, 1h35
Directed by Enki Bilal
Origin France
Genres Science fiction
Themes Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films
Actors Jean-Louis Trintignant, Carole Bouquet, Maria Schneider, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Mira Furlan, Yann Collette
Roles Muriel
Rating63% 3.197383.197383.197383.197383.19738
Dans une dictature imaginaire d'un monde futuriste, une importante rébellion éclate, causant le renversement du régime en place. Comme prévu en cas de besoin par leur bien-aimé président, un homme prévoyant, les hauts dignitaires fuient et se réfugient dans le lieu convenu en pareil cas, le Bunker Palace Hôtel. Ce refuge est une œuvre de l'architecte et ingénieur Holm. Ce refuge ingénieux est à la fois un bunker construit profondément sous terre pour protéger ses occupants et un palace digne de ces hauts dignitaires habitués à un luxe ostentatoire. À leur arrivée, les uns après les autres, en fin de cavale malgré un trajet périlleux, les ex hauts dignitaires sont accueillis par Holm. Mais ils ne sont pas au bout de leurs surprises : étrangement le président tarde à arriver… Qu'est-il advenu de lui ? Va-t-il arriver ? Est-il mort ? Les a-t-il abandonnés ? Sans leur chef, leur guide, les occupants du Bunker Palace Hôtel sont dans le désarroi et la confusion.