Friday, April 23, 2010

Anna Karina - by Herself

A few days back I posted this picture of Anthony Quinn with Anna Karina, smoking a cigarette on the set in a time when that was still socially acceptable.

Anna Karina (born 22 September 1940) is a Danish-born French film actress who is best known for her work with and relationship with Jean-Luc Godard in the 1960s. With her expressive, luminous eyes and radiant presence she had the looks of a silent movie star while simultaneously embodying the self-confident spirit of the 60s generation.

She came to Paris at 18. She met Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin and started as a top model. She met Jean-Luc Godard about a cameo in À bout de souffle (1960), but she had to be naked and she refused to play in the movie. One year later, they got married and she became famous with the "Nouvelle vague" movies directed by him, Jacques Rivette or Agnès Varda.

In 1967, 
Serge Gainsbourg wrote his only film musical Anna (1967) (TV) for her, with the hit "Sous le soleil exactement". Then, she went to Hollywood for a few movies before returning to Paris. 

She wrote and directed 'Vivre ensemble' (1973) after her divorce from Pierre Fabre. She's now married to Dennis Berry.

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