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.
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).