Tag Archives: French cinema

RIP Anna Karina (1940 – 2019)

Anna Karina was a Danish actress best-known for her work with the French New Wave and Jean-Luc Godard.

‘Monsavon’ commercial

She appeared four times in the film On the Passage of a Few Persons Through a Rather Brief Unity of Time (1959) by Marxist/situationist Guy Debord, a much more interesting figure than Godard.

On the Passage of a Few Persons Through a Rather Brief Unity of Time (1959)

These four appearances were from television commercials. Three fragments are from a Monsavon commercial, a fourth I have been unable to identify.

In the first clip (13:53) Anna stands in front of a mirror in the same bathroom as in which she takes a bath in the third clip.

The voice-over: “What was directly lived reappears frozen in the distance, engraved in the tastes and illustions of an era and carried off with it.”

In the second clip (14:41) she is in the bath and rubs herself with soap.

The voice-over: “There is no more should-be; being has been consumed to the point of ceasing to exist. The details are already lost in the dust of time. “Who was afraid of life, afraid of the night, afraid of being taken, afraid of being kept?”

In the third clip (17:30) she is seen at the wheel of a convertible car, a bird’s eye view, three young people get out of the car.

The voice-over: “In the final analysis, stars are not created by their talent or lack of talent, or even by the film industry or advertising. They are created by the need we have for them.”

The fourth clip (18:09) begins where the first clip left off.

The voice-over: “The advertisements during intermissions are the truest reflection of an intermission from life.”
Translations are from [1].

C’est quoi Anna Karina ? – Blow Up – ARTE

RIP Édith “Eyes Without a Face” Scob (1937 – 2019)

Édith Scob was a French actress best-known for Eyes Without a Face (1959) in which she played a horribly disfigured young woman wearing a mask and whose dad, a surgeon, is going to provide her with a face transplant, an instance of the the mad doctor and new flesh plot.

In Holy Motors, Scob wears an near-identical mask.

Eyes Without a Face (1959), best scenes set to music by Aalborg Soundtracks

Holy Motors (2012), trailer

Summer Hours (2008), trailer

RIP Maurice Bénichou (1943 – 2019)

Maurice Bénichou was a French actor, best-known internationally for his part in Amélie. His other work includes three collaborations with director Michael Haneke (Code UnknownTime of the Wolf, and Caché). He has also played in Peter Brook’s 6 hour film version of The Mahabharata.

The death of Bénichou may be a good occasion to dive into the work of Haneke, one of the more interesting of contemporary directors.

Majid (Bénichou) committing suicide in Caché.

Bretodeau (Bénichou) receiving a phone call and his youth treasures in a box in Amélie.

Unnamed character (Bénichou) defending Binoche from sexual aggressors in Code Unknown.