Anna Karina: French New Wave cinema legend dies aged 79

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Anna Karina rose to prominence as Jean-Luc Godard’s muse


Anna Karina, an icon of French New Wave cinema, has died on the age of 79.

The Danish-French actress died in a hospital in Paris after dwelling with most cancers, her agent instructed AFP information company.


French tradition minister Franck Riester tweeted in tribute: “As we speak, French cinema has been orphaned. It has misplaced one in all its legends.”

Karina rose to prominence because the muse of her director ex-husband Jean-Luc Godard within the 1960s.

She acquired her massive break as a youngster, quickly after shifting to Paris from her native Denmark, when she was noticed by Godard.

He wished to forged her in his first and most well-known movie Breathless, Karina recalled years later, however she turned him down as a result of the function required nudity.

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Anna Karina and Jean-Luc Godard acquired married in March 1961

After just a few months he supplied her one other function, cementing their fruitful working relationship and her place in cinematic historical past.

In 1961, she and Godard acquired married – and simply months later, Karina received finest actress on the Berlin Movie Competition for Godard’s A Girl is a Girl.

Though they divorced simply 4 years later, their relationship turned virtually as iconic because the movies they made collectively.

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Karina on the set of Godard’s movie Pierrot le Fou in July 1965

“It was actually a fantastic love story, however very tiring in a method for a younger woman as a result of he would go away rather a lot,” Karina instructed Vogue in 2016.

“He would say he was going to purchase some cigarettes and he would come again three weeks later.”

After their divorce, she continued to have an extended and affluent profession, working with filmmakers Jacques Rivette, Luchino Visconti and Tony Richardson.

Within the early 1970s she labored behind the digicam too, directing Vivre Ensemble, a movie a couple of turbulent romance between a historical past instructor and a free-spirited younger girl that ends in home violence and drug abuse.

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