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On the tracks of a filmmaker (1988)

Directed by Nelly Alard

While a student at the Conservatoire de Paris, Nelly Alard met independent filmmaker Henry Jaglom when he returned from the festival in Cannes with Orson Welles. She discovered his films, most of which had never been shown in France, and a few years later, decided to make a documentary about him. Filmed on a very small budget, with a video camera and in English, On the tracks of a filmmaker is a portrait of a filmmaker, but it also recounts the misadventures of a young French woman who has come to Hollywood to film her first movie. We encounter Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Karen Black, Peter Bogdanovitch, Bob Rafelson, and also Orson Welles, in images recorded during the filming of his last appearance as an actor.

On the tracks of a filmmaker has been presented at a variety of festivals and broadcasted on cable television in the United States. It can be seen in its entirety here :


Inspired by this true-life experience, Jaglom decided the following year to give Nelly a role in the film he was preparing about a young French woman who comes to California to film a documentary about the complicated relationship women have with food.

In 1991, Bernard Pivot dedicated part of his Bouillon de Culture television program to the film.


In 1992, Nelly played the lead female role in Venice/Venice, another Henry Jaglom film, alongside future Oscar-winner Melissa Leo and future television star David Duchovny. The film was broadcasted in France on Art en septembre 1994.
“An actress of effortless grace, remarkable vulnerability and breathtaking beauty...” - Michael Medved, PBS TV
“Exceptional Nelly Alard” - François Ramasse, Télérama


Back in France, Nelly acted alongside Didier Sandre in the play Contrejour by Jean-Claude Brisville at the Champs-Elysées Studio Theater. The night of the premiere, all three were invited onto the Bouillon de Culture show.

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Series and television films

In which we see Nelly Alard, having (momentarily ?) given up theater, appear in numerous crime series and specialize in femme fatale roles, transporting corpses, and filming at night (she also has quite a few problems with cars).


A theater and television actress and screenwriter, Nelly Alard was also a journalist for Télérama magazine from 1998 to 2006.

After graduating from the Conservatoire de Paris in 1985, she made her theater debut under directors such as Andreï Serban, Jacques Lassalle and Jean-Pierre Miquel. She then left for the United States where she played the lead role in two feature-length films by American independent filmmaker Henry Jaglom, entitled Eating and Venice/Venice.

At the same time, Nelly also developed her own work as a writer. Her first feature-length screenplay, Thank You Satan, became a film in 1989 starring Patrick Chesnais and Carole Laure. Later, she worked in the United States as a screenwriter for the series The Red Shoe Diaries, which launched the career of David Duchovny.

In 1994 Nelly returned to France, and after a year of graduate studies in multimedia at Paris Beaux-Arts, she produced the 50th Anniversary Album for the Cannes Film Festival in conjunction with Télérama. In 1998, she joined the editorial staff at Télérama to take part in the design and creation of its website, of which she would later become the director in 2004.

As an actress, she continues to appear regularly in a number of television films and series.

In addition to her writing and screenplay development, she has directed a documentary in the United States called On the tracks of a filmmaker and written a play for France Culture entitled La Comtesse de Hohenembs.