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A petite, intense, slender, raven-haired Spanish stage actress whose career was focused primarily in France, Maria Casares made only minimal film appearances, but with memorable impact. The daughter of a Republican minister, she and her family fled to Paris at the advent of the Spanish Civil War. At that time, Casares spoke no French, yet within three years, she had enrolled at the Paris Conservatoire and by 1942 had her first notable stage triumph in John Millington Synge’s “Deirdre of the Sorrows”. Based on this success, she was offered the leading role in Albert Camus’ “Le Malentendu” which led to a three-year relationship with the author. Even after the couple separated, Casares had played roles in two of his stage plays, “Etat de Siege” (1948) and “Les Justes” (1949). They remained on friendly terms until his death in an automobile accident in January 1960.

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Evan Rachel Wood, American actress, naturally blond. At this shoot she really looks alike Maria with something wicked in the face.




Test shoot

Death in “Orpheus” by Jean Cocteau

From the series Faces of actors (1950) or Other faces of actors (1952)


Test shoot

Death in “Orpheus” by Jean Cocteau
Title of series Faces of actors (1950) or Other faces of actors (1952)

As Caroline Bessier in Ombre et lumière (1951)

Maria Casares in ‘Les Justes’ of Albert Camus. Paris, theatre Hebertot, December 1949.

Photo by Roger Viollet

One from Maria Casares’s film credits, short film “Guernica” (1950) by Alain Resnais and Robert Hessens

Images of Pablo Picasso’s work “Guernica” (1937)

Text by Paul Eluard

Off-screen reading by  María Casarès and Jacques Pruvost

Produced by Pierre Braunberger

On April 26 1937 the small Basque town of Guernica was bombed without warning by the German aviation. Two thousand people, all civilians, got killed. Like millions all over the world, Pablo Picasso was shocked and he translated his emotion into a magnificent but terrifying picture bearing the name of the martyred city. This film does not only comment on the painting, it also gives it a new life through frantic camera and sound effects. Written by Guy Bellinger

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There is a great video of Pablo Picasso’s work in 3D 

They say at the debut of that painting a Nazi soldier walked up to Picasso, who was standing in front of the tragic masterpiece. The soldier asked, “Did you paint this?” Picasso said to him,”No I didn’t, you did.”

by Norman Rosten

In Guernica the dead children
Were laid out in order upon the sidewalk,
In their white starched dresses,
In their pitiful white dresses.
On their foreheads and breasts
Are the little holes where death came in
As thunder, while they were playing
Their important summer games.
Do not weep for them, madre.
They are gone forever, the little ones,
Straight to heaven to the saints,
and God will fill the bullet-holes with candy.



From “Cher Menteur” (1961)

Oil on canvas