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    Yesterday, we had the great honor of hosting the incomparable Anna Karina. The French icon was in the midst of a rare visit to New York, where she’s been making appearances at BAM, Museum of the Moving Image, and Film Forum, which is currently presenting a weeklong survey of her collaborations with Jean-Luc Godard. While she was in the neighborhood, Anna made a stop in our film closet to reminisce about her groundbreaking work with Godard, acting for Agnès Varda in Cléo from 5 to 7, her affection for Charlie Chaplin, and much more.

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  • By Pat McCann
    May 06, 2016
    08:09 PM

    I love how she's the first person who went in the closet totally unconcerned with the supermarket sweep/cash grab element that everyone else fell victim to. Her restraint here is inseparable from her gracefully detached acting persona. I love you, Anna!
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  • By David Hollingsworth
    May 06, 2016
    09:51 PM

    This is another of my favorite closet videos. I really loved her restraint and elegance. Instead of grabbing as many titles as she could get, she instead talked about the films that she starred in. She has always been of the true beauties of film history. Long live Anna!
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  • By Zachary Barnhart
    May 09, 2016
    01:27 PM

    Hmm, yeah, I don't know. I think it's interesting and a bit telling that she doesn't seem interested in anything that she herself wasn't in. It's also in line with how I've thought of her - a model non-actress bohemian hipster married to a famous director. Not my favorite, obviously.
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    • By ExtantHatchet
      May 09, 2016
      01:48 PM

      Or, it could be that she thought rather than self-indulgently prattling on about her taste in film it might be more interesting for the viewers to hear her recollections about the making of the legendary movies they know and love.
    • By Cezary_C
      May 09, 2016
      05:22 PM

      They may have asked her to do this, and, when you have a legend that has starred in so many of the films in that closet, I would think that you'd want her to do this. Like you said, though, it depends on whether or not you enjoy her acting and have an interest in her experiences.
    • By Garrison66
      May 16, 2016
      01:13 AM

      This is an example of what the internet and it’s instant form of communication has wrought- it’s now common place and accepted that someone in a public forum, can, and will be, unkind because they mistake their own prejudicial thoughts on a person as astute insight into ones character. So much so that they can sum up a life into a sentence- “a model non-actress bohemian hipster married to a famous director”. It makes me wish that one would keep their churning, churlish thoughts to oneself.
    • By Lei W.
      September 22, 2016
      04:33 PM

      She acted in short movies in Denmark before she was basically homeless in Paris--at age 17---and had a chance to pay bills by taking a modelling job, which she never enjoyed. Take a look at her filmography before you assert that she isn't an actress, when she is even a director. Also at 75 (76 today), I'd give her a break. Maybe they wanted her to talk about the movies she was in precisely. Today is her birthday, so Criterion linked to this on Twitter. I wouldn't have clicked, ever, if I had known I'd read the first ever hater comment on someone whom I'd never read hater comments on. I thought I'd let you know how I feel, since you let were so gracious to let us all know too: I was saddened, maybe even crushed to read such an unfair comment. You don't like her? It shows. It also shows you know almost nothing about her. I have to say , I could not possibly have said it better than Garrison66. Anyway, happy birthday Anna!!!!
  • By Maurice Lee
    May 11, 2016
    02:59 AM

    Soooo... you still have copies of Pierrot Le Fou...?
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  • By Garrison66
    May 16, 2016
    12:45 AM

    I appreciate her recollections ... hell, I appreciate her. One of the last links to a movement, an era that seems long ago, yet vibrant, still, upon each viewing of of a work by Varda, Godard et al.
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