Born into a family of actors in 1938 Vienna,Romy  Schneider caught the bug and by 20, the successive releases of Sissi (1955), Sissi: The Young Empress (1956), and Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress (1957) made Schneider an international star. Auteurs from Luchino Visconti and Orson Welles to Otto Preminger and Claude Sautet eventually found that she was a brave and passionate performer.

Following Sissi, Schneider moved into more challenging, sexy and provocative roles. Throughout the late ’60s and ’70s, she was the doyenne of French Cinema and starred in many of the most popular films of the time. Now Film Movement Classics delivers a trio of Schneider’s best to Blu-ray, digitally restored from original elements for optimal viewing

 In LES CHOSES DE LA VIE, Pierre (Michel Piccoli), a middle-aged engineer, is in a horrific car accident and his past flashes before his eyes. While falling in and out of consciousness, he reflects on the recent events that have transpired between him and estranged wife, Catherine (Lea 

Massari), and his young lover, Hélène (Romy Schneider).  The film is “a remarkable portrait of the compromises of marriage and the stirrings of the human heart, “structured as an intricate narrative jigsaw”. It was the first of five film collaborations between Romy Schneider and director Claude Sautet.


In CÉSAR ET ROSALIE, after her marriage ends in divorce, the beautiful Rosalie (Schneider) begins dating César (Yves Montand), a wealthy playboy and businessman. But when her old flame, David (Sami Frey), unexpectedly re-enters her life, the two men simultaneously vie for her affections. The film is “a fluky, wry ode on the imperfect, haphazard nature of romantic love. 


  • César et Rosaliedocumentary “Symphonie Metallique” 
  • Les Choses De La Viefeaturette, “Serenade for Three”
  • Booklet with new essay by author David N Meyer

Romy Schneider delivers a César Award-winning performance as a down-on-her-luck actress in L’important c’est d’aimer (That Most Important Thing: Love), Andrzej Zulawski’s “passionate portrait of the dignity and indignities of an actor’s work”. Forced to earn a living by accepting demeaning roles negotiated by her erratic husband, Nadine Chevalier (Schneider) encounters tabloid photographer Servais (Fabio Testi) on the set of her latest film. Desperate to win her affections, Servais secretly uses money borrowed from a shady associate to bankroll her next project, a production of Richard III with Nadine starring opposite the maniacal German thespian Karl-Heinz Zimmer (Klaus Kinski).



  • Interview with director Andrzej Zulawski
  • Booklet with a new essay by film critic Kat Ellinger. 
  • Original Trailer


About Film Movement


Founded in 2002 as one of the first-ever subscription film services with its DVD-of-the-Month club, Film Movement is now a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. It has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide.  Film Movement’s theatrical releases include American independent films, documentaries, and foreign art house titles. Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, King Hu, Sergio Corbucci and Ettore Scola. For more information, please visit Visit for more information about Film Movement Plus, the new subscription streaming service from Film Movement.