“I’m probably the only presenter here who has actually slept with Catherine Deneuve,” Susan Sarandon told the audience last night at Alice Tully Hall, where boldfaced names like Martin Scorsese and Glenn Close had turned out to pay tribute to the great French film actress. Before Deneuve took the stage to receive the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 2012 Chaplin Award, many of her greatest moments on celluloid were played on the big screen—including the steamy sex scene in The Hunger that Sarandon was referring to. “We were, of course, kind of nervous about the love scene, and in the beginning everyone was in the rafters watching, and after about three days, they couldn’t have cared less,” Sarandon told Style.com before the ceremony. “She really is the consummate pro.”
Following other remarks by directors François Ozon and James Gray and Deneuve’s daughter Chiara Mastroianni, Scorsese summed up the icon in just a few words: “For me, Deneuve is French cinema,” he said. “The first time I saw her on screen was in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, like most of us, and right from the start she seemed to have been made for cinema, and cinema itself seemed to have been made for her.” But Deneuve revealed she wasn’t always so certain of her career path: “When I was 15, my sister asked me to be in a film with her, and at the time I was not sure I would go on as an actress, until I met Jacques Demy for Cherbourg,” she admitted. “That was really my luck, to meet someone like him at that age.”
Across town, Save Venice Inc. was awarding prizes of its own for the best masks at its Night on the Lido masquerade ball. Donna D’Cruz won a Badgley Mischka Couture gown of her choice for her crystal-encrusted disguise, while Louis Corello took home a pair of de Grisogono cuff links for his silver-dipped coral face covering. There was a tie for best couple, but as impressive as Will Cotton and Rose Dergan‘s mussel shells were, the prize belonged to Susan Krysiewicz and Thomas Bell alone for their enormous sand castles. Still, the real winner was Venice. The evening added another $400,000 to the $20 million that the 40-year-old organization has already raised for restoration of the city’s historic art and architecture.
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