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  Farewell Anna Karina [read more]
  French New Wave icon dies aged 79
  The death from cancer of Anna Karina has been announced, one of the last survivors of the groundbreaking French New Wave movement is no more. She was born in Denmark before arriving in Paris when she was 18, becoming one of France's top models which naturally translated into an acting career. Her films with director and, for a time, husband Jean-Luc Godard cemented her image as the face of the Nouvelle Vague in his films like Une Femme est une Femme, Vivre Sa Vie, Le Petit Soldat, Bande a Parte (including her dancing in one of the most famous sequences in French cinema), Alphaville, Pierrot Le Fou and Made in USA.

Other films she appeared in were Agnes Varda's Cleo from 5 to 7, Bob Monkhouse Britcom She'll Have to Go, a remake of La Ronde, religious drama The Nun, Michael Caine oddity The Magus, Bread and Chocolate, Fassbinder's Chinese Roulette and a number of other films into the 21st century, two of which she directed herself, but she was never as celebrated as she was for her sixties work. She summed up an entire era, a magical presence in many cases, and in the year Varda passed away, one of the last female influences on a great era in French filmmaking.
  Graeme Clark [15 Dec 2019 at 10:06]
     

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