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Emmanuelle Riva (1927–2017)

An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred [Alfredo] Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress since she was six, so that the entire world would ... See full bio »


(age 89) in Paris, France

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Three Colors: Blue
Léon Morin, Priest


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 2016 Paris pieds nus
 2016 Marie et les naufragés
 2012 Amour
 2011 Le Skylab
Mme Prévost dite Mémé - la mère d'Anna
 2009 Je ne dis pas non
Mme Revison
 2008 Un homme et son chien
Femme église
 2008 Le grand alibi
Geneviève Herbin
 2006 Mon fils à moi
La grand mère
 2004 Je suis votre homme
 2003 Vert paradis
La mère de Lucas
 2001 C'est la vie
 1999 Vénus beauté (institut)
Tante Lyda
 1997 XXL
Sonia Stern
 1997 Capitaine au long cours
Clémentine / Calypso
 1993 L'ombre du doute
 1993 Three Colors: Blue
La mère
 1992 Langer Samstag
Frau Dünskoven
 1992 Loin du Brésil
 1991 For Sasha
Mrs. Malka
 1987 Funny Boy
Micky's mother
 1983 Un homme à ma taille
Lisa Leibovitch
 1982 The Eyes, the Mouth
 1982 Y a-t-il un Français dans la salle?
Adélaïde Tumelat
 1981 The Games of Countess Dolingen
Une invitée
 1980 Le règlement intérieur
La prof de journalisme
 1976 The Devil in the Heart
Madame Bouvier, la mère
 1975 Au long de rivière Fango
 1974 Ariane
 1973 I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse
La mère (Madame Rey)
 1972 Les portes de feu
La baronne
 1971 L'homme de désir
 1970 La modification
 1969 Safari 5000
 1967 Les risques du métier
Suzanne Doucet
 1967 Fruits amers - Soledad
 1966 L'or et le plomb
La femme du monde
 1965 Le coup de grâce
 1965 Thomas l'imposteur
La princesse de Bormes
 1965 Io uccido, tu uccidi
Lucia Rossi Perozzi (segment "La donna che viveva sola")
 1964 Le gros coup
Clémence Grandval
 1963 The Hours of Love
 1962 Therese
Thérèse Desqueyroux (as Emmanuele Riva)
 1962 Climats
 1961 Léon Morin, Priest
Barny (as Emmanuele Riva)
 1960 Kapò
 1960 Adua e le compagne
Marilina (as Emmanuele Riva)
 1960 Recours en grâce
Germaine Tourier
 1960 Le huitième jour
 1959 Hiroshima Mon Amour
Elle (as Emmanuele Riva)
 1958 The Possessors
La secrétaire (uncredited)
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Emmanuele Riva


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[on Marguerite Duras] Marguerite has her own rhythm. There's a precise, childlike quality in her writing that you can't ignore. You can't escape it, but it's actually a pleasure. Not long ago, I was listening to some old interviews and I heard Alain Robbe-Grillet talking about Hiroshima. He said that Marguerite Duras had sent out cassettes of the text. I must have listened to them -and there was ... See more »


She was awarded the 2015 Prix Henri-Langlois for her body of work [30 March 2015]. See more »


Often played mothers and grandmothers in the second half of her career See more »

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