Anna Karina
French actress and director
Anna Karina
Anna Karina is a Danish, now French citizen, film actress, director, and screenwriter who has spent most of her working life in France. Karina is known as a muse of the director, Jean-Luc Godard, one of the pioneers of the French New Wave. Her notable collaborations with Godard include The Little Soldier (1960), A Woman Is a Woman (1961), Vivre sa vie (1962), and Alphaville (1965).
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Pierrot Le Fou
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Jean-Luc Godard had a fixation on the iconography of Hollywood and in particular the American gangster movie that was reflected in his first outing Breathless (1960), the movie which made him famous. However, the only difference between Godard's gangsters and those he pays homage to rests in the aim of their activities. If possession is nine tenths of the law then Godard's outlaws are interested in dispossession. In Pierrot Le Fou (l965), which was revived recently at Film Forum, his characters Marianne (Anna Karina) and Ferdinand aka Pierrot (Jean-Paul Belmondo) embark on a crime spree that's a repudiation of materialism. They're Bonnie and Clyde conceived of as mini Raskolnikovs, philosophical nihilists who would be at home in the pages of a Dostoevsky novel. The world they flee is one in which Parisians talk to each other in advertising slogans (even Pierrot tells the attendant in a gas station to "put a tiger in my tank"). But Godard employs a dialectics that uses juxtaposition to ...
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Sperm Count: Deep Thought
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The famous male porn stars of the 70's and 80's were Harry Reems, Ron Jeremy (aka the Hedgehog) and John Holmes whose last film was done with La Cicciolina, and who was performing without protection while infected with the AIDS virus from which he died. Georgina Spelvin, Candida Royalle and Sharon Mitchell were some of their female counterparts. Today's generation of porn stars (both male and female) are more film historical and often intellectual. They're players in the meta-porn industry which may have been influenced by deconstruction. Sacha Grey, now retired, modeled her personality on the Godard actress Anna Karina, whose name she toyed with adopting. The equally New Wave porn queen Stoya does her erotic pas de deux with a male sex idol who calls himself James Deen. The only thing missing are porn stars who really reflect the neuroses of our times, women porn stars who suffer from frigidity and whose male lovers can't get it up. Audiences are sick of seeing idealized couples c ...
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Scott Mendelson: Weekend Box Office: Skyfall Opens With $90 Million While Lincoln Earns Nearly $1 Million on 11 Screens
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Opening with a flurry of positive buzz and already-cemented megahit status overseas, James Bond finally returned to U.S. theaters this weekend with San Mendes' Skyfall (review 1 and review 2).  The film easily crushed the opening weekend record of the 007 series, earning a massive $90 million in its debut.  This also includes $2.2 million earned via its Thursday IMAX-only release, as the film earned $13.1 million in IMAX theaters since Thursday (the large-scale format's biggest non-summer opening ever).  The picture played 60 percent male and 75 percent over 25 years old. For comparison, the last six 007 films had the six biggest weekends of the franchise, with Pierce Brosnan's GoldenEye moving 007 into modern-day blockbuster territory back in 1995.  For the record, the numbers are $26 million (GoldenEye), $25 million (Tomorrow Never Dies), $35 million (The World Is Not Enough), $47 million (Die Another Day), $40 million (Casino Royale), and $67 million for Quantum of Solace  ...
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Felicity Jones Breaks Down Her Outfit For Us
Huffington Post - over 4 years
We spend a decent amount of time analyzing the style choices of celebrities, often filing them into best and worst-dressed lists. We love to hypothesize about the inspiration or process behind a specific outfit, but we actually got the opportunity to grill Felicity Jones about one of her red carpet looks. We first became aware of the British actress when we saw her in the 2011 film "Like Crazy." Of course, we were closely taking notes on her consistently-awesome smudgy eye look (so were others, she's now the face of Dolce & Gabanna's eye khol liners). When we got to chat with the star about her look from the premiere of the movie, naturally we asked her about her makeup that evening, how she decided on her quirky eggplant-print dress and her choice of jewelry, or lack thereof. Keep reading for details on Felicity Jones sizing up... Felicity Jones. On choosing that dress: "This was the premiere of 'Like Crazy' in New York. I went to the Dolce & Gabbana show i ...
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MusaPeople: Ana Karina Rossi
IGN - over 4 years
MusaPeople: Ana Karina Rossi (19/09/2012 - 10:09:30)
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The Best Accessory? Hot Friends
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
Sure, perhaps the whole people as commodities friends as accessories analogy is a bit reductive. However, I could not help but notice: These folks make each other look good. Case in point: This group of gentleman. Two pairs of horn-rimmed specs, vintage denim, and old school kicks all around up the hot factor by a bajillion. Initially, I stopped this pair to ask about that killer trench (it's Margiela via Odessa) and that clutch (it's vintage via San Francisco) but was charmed by the pair's sweet demeanor. Look at those smiles! This babe's combination of a breton-stripe shirt with a menswear overcoat intrigued me. Very Anna Karina-chic. Kind of like her haircut, which was freshly coiffed by friend Jodi of The National Beauty. Apparently, all those mushy gushy, heart-melting friend vibes don't just boost your mood, they boost your outfit. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Renowned Norwegian writer dies
The Foreigner - almost 5 years
Author Anne Karin Elstad was found dead at her close friend William Nygaard's home, Wednesday. She was 74.     To view the rest of this article, click here.
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Scrittori: e' morta Anne Karin Elstad, voce romantica della Scandinavia
IGN - almost 5 years
Scrittori: e' morta Anne Karin Elstad, voce romantica della Scandinavia (06/04/2012 - 11:00:25)
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Nostalgie de l'été avec Anna Karina - Le Monde
Google News - over 5 years
Anna Karina, ce sont des yeux d'un bleu profond, des pommettes rieuses, un minois à faire craquer toute la nouvelle vague. Pas étonnnant dès lors qu'elle attire l'attention de Serge Gainsbourg, l'homme à tête de chou qui fait chanter les actrices
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Serge Gainsbourg at the Movies - LA Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
His association with TV and advertising people resulted in projects like Anna, a pop art fantasy for the small screen, starring Godard's estranged wife and muse, Anna Karina, and Le Bardot Show, a series of trippy musical vignettes he devised for
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Happening Tuesday: Gainsbourg and His Girls at Cinefamily and more - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
This documentary, making its LA premiere, presents a portrait of the French singer-songwriter as seen through the eyes of the many women in his life, including Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Anna Karina. Directed by Didier Varrod
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Chicano Pioneers
NYTimes - over 5 years
LOS ANGELES LATE one December night in 1972, three members of an art collective here clambered out of a battered green Volkswagen bug and spray-painted their names -- ''Herrón, Gamboa, Gronkie'' -- on a footbridge of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, appropriating the entire museum as their own work of art simply by signing it. The next
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Burt Lancaster on TCM: THE LEOPARD, SCORPIO, THE KILLERS - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Visconti was able to elicit solid performances from his actors – eg, Alain Delon and Annie Girardot in Rocco and His Brothers, Marcello Mastroianni and Anna Karina in The Stranger — but where was a producer like Stanley Kramer or Dino De Laurentiis or
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Chicano Pioneers - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
... Jr. returned with the fourth member of the group, Patssi Valdez, and immortalized the act with a glam shot of her posing in tight pants and a red top near the signatures, looking away coolly and seductively like Anna Karina in a Godard movie
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Raul Ruiz, 1941-2011: Death of a Little-Known Movie Master - TIME
Google News - over 5 years
... 1983), Shakespeare (Richard III, 1986) and Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, 1982, with a cast that included Martin Landau and Godard icons Jean-Pierre Léaud and Anna Karina). Acknowledging no distinction between high and popular culture,
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UK coming-of-age comedy Submarine is witty, whimsical and touching - Montreal Mirror
Google News - over 5 years
... cassettes and Polaroids all figure heavily in the plot), plus a heapload of stylistic flourishes, cinematic references and self-reflexive winks (Ayoade goes for some outright Godardisms, with Paige's Anna Karina haircut driving the point home)
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Your Weekly Movie To-Do List - LA Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
In 1967, Anna Karina, Serge Gainsbourg and director Pierre Koralnik came together to create Anna, the coolest '60s New Wave French movie musical you've never seen. Koralnik's pop confection is hard to find on DVD — lucky for you, Cinefamily hosts a
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FREE FILM SCHOOL #9 - Who is Jean-Luc Godard? - Crave Online
Google News - over 5 years
He did Vivre sa Vie (1962 and my favorite of his), which is a lot like Breathless, but with a pixie-haired Anna Karina in the central role, who casually breaks the law and hooks on street corners. Other titles worth a look are A Woman is a Woman (1961)
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Clip joint: Unexpected dancing - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
2) Achingly cool Godot outsiders Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey visit a busy cafe to puncture their self-imposed silence, in Bande à Part. The inspiration for the Jack Rabbit Slim dance contest in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anna Karina
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 70
    The Seattle-based hip-hop group Blue Scholars released a song titled "Anna Karina" on their Cinemetropolis album in 2011.
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  • 2007
    Age 66
    In 2007 Karina wrote, directed and starred in Victoria, a musical road movie filmed in Montreal, Quebec and Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean.
    More Details Hide Details Richard Kuipers's review in Variety praised it as "a pleasant gambol through the backwoods of Quebec Given plenty of room to work off each other, the members of this fine ensemble keep pic on track Big plus is the music and heartfelt songs by Philippe Katerine." Karina has written four novels: Vivre ensemble (1973), Golden City (1983), On n'achète pas le soleil (1988), and Jusqu'au bout du hasard (1998).
  • 2005
    Age 64
    In 2005, she released Chansons de films, a collection of songs sung in movies.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 46
    She wrote and acted in Last Song in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details She has since appeared in Haut, Bas, Fragile (1995) by Jacques Rivette and sung in The Truth About Charlie. Karina has appeared on stage in Rivette's adaptation of La Religieuse, Pour Lucrece, Toi et Tes Nuages, Françoise Sagan's Il Fait Beau Jour et Nuit and Ingmar Bergman's Efter repetitionen. Karina has also maintained a singing career. At the end of the 1960s, she scored a major hit with "Sous le soleil exactement" and "Roller Girl" by Serge Gainsbourg. Both songs are from the TV musical comedy Anna (1967), by the film director Pierre Koralnik, in which she sings seven songs alongside Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Brialy. She subsequently recorded an album, Une histoire d'amour, with Philippe Katerine, which was followed by a concert tour. Karina has also made several appearances on television.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 31
    In 1972, she set up a production company, Raska, for her directorial debut, Vivre Ensemble, in which she also acted and which was released in 1973.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 20
    Karina and Godard married on 3 March 1961, during the shooting of A Woman Is a Woman, and divorced in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Their relationship is said to have been rocky for most of its course, with Karina left emotionally unstimulated by Godard's obsession with work. By 1967, they were barely on speaking terms. After Godard, she was married to scriptwriter-actor Pierre Fabre (1968–1973), actor-director Daniel Duval (1978–1981) and director Dennis Berry (1982–present).
    Karina won the Best Actress Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1961 for her performance as Angela in A Woman Is a Woman.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in Godard's Bande à part (1964). But her acting career was not limited to Godard's films. Her role in The Nun (1966), directed by Jacques Rivette, is considered by some to be her best performance. She also acted in Luchino Visconti's The Stranger. Karina's other notable films include George Cukor's Justine (1969), Tony Richardson's Laughter in the Dark (1969), Christian de Chalonge's L'Alliance (1970), Andre Delvaux's Rendezvous a Bray (1971), The Salzburg Connection (1972), Franco Brusati's Bread and Chocolate (1973) and Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Chinese Roulette (1976). Fassbinder wrote the film for her and her partner at the time, Ulli Lommel.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1959
    Age 18
    Karina performed, uncredited, in a 1959 soap advertisement that was included near the end of Guy Debord's On the Passage of a Few Persons Through a Rather Brief Unity of Time.
    More Details Hide Details The image was accompanied by Debord's voice-over: "The advertisements during intermissions are the truest reflection of an intermission from life." Jean-Luc Godard, then a film critic for Cahiers du cinéma, first saw Karina in a series of Palmolive ads in a bathtub covered in soapsuds. He was casting his debut feature film, Breathless. He offered her a small part in the film, but she refused when he mentioned that there would be a nude scene. When Godard questioned her refusal, mentioning the supposed nudity in the Palmolive ads, she is said to have replied, "Are you mad? I was wearing a bathing suit in those ads—the soapsuds went up to my neck. It was in your mind that I was undressed." In the end, the character Godard reserved for Karina did not appear in the film. The next year, however, Godard offered her a role in Le Petit Soldat (1960). Karina, who was still under 21, had to persuade her estranged mother to sign the contract for her.
  • 1958
    Age 17
    In 1958, after a row with her mother, she hitchhiked to Paris.
    More Details Hide Details Karina was 17 when she arrived in Paris—poor and unable to speak French. Living on the streets, she got a break while sitting at the cafe Les Deux Magots. She was approached by a woman from an advertisement agency who asked her to do some photos. She became a successful fashion model, meeting Pierre Cardin and Coco Chanel. Chanel helped her devise her professional name, Anna Karina.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born on September 22, 1940.
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