French New Wave film legend Anna Karina dies at 79

Brenda Watkins
December 16, 2019

New Yorker film critic Richard Brody, who published a book on the work of Godard, said the Karina's acting career, especially in the 1960s, left a substantial mark on French New Wave and more recent film-making alike. She did accept a role in his next project Le Petit Soldat, a film that earned her acclaim and launched her as an actress.

"Anna died yesterday in a Paris hospital of the effects of cancer", her agent Laurent Balandras told AFP, adding that she passed away in the company of her fourth husband, American director Dennis Berry. "It will remain so forever", French Culture Minister Franck Riester tweeted about Karina. The camera watches, unblinking and enraptured: They may be hopelessly lost, these three handsome young fools, but for now they're just happily lost in the moment, a fleeting one that will nonetheless ensure their immortality.

Karina rose to prominence as the muse of her ex-husband, director Jean-Luc Godard, in the 1960s, and won the Best Actress prize at the Berlin Film Festival for A Woman is a Woman at the age of 21.

Karina made seven films with Godard, her partner at the time, including 1961's Une Femme Est Une Femme, in which she played a femme fatale.

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But Godard was not the only director with whom Karina worked. Karina was born Hanne-Karin Blarke Bayer in Copenhagen in 1940. Karina worked with Berry in the film Last Song and Chloé. "But it was complicated to live with him", she added. She also had success as a singer, recording Sous Le Soleil Exactement with Serge Gainsbourg.

She got her big break as a teenager, soon after moving to Paris from her native Denmark - apparently when Godard spotted her walking down the Champs-Elysees. She sought out a new life in Paris in 1958, where she was discovered by a talent scout at a cafe and thus began her career as a successful model, counting Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin among her inner circle. She turned it down because the role required a nude scene.

When Godard was working on his debut feature film, Breathless, he noticed Karina in a Palmolive ad in which she was in a bathtub covered in soap suds.

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