Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Anna Karina Quotes

1. Some people have scripts and scripts and lots of scripts, and they change it all the time. Even though (Jean-Luc Godard) had no script, he had it all in his heart and in his brain. He can explain it to you in a way where even if you get the dialogue five minutes before in the morning and you have to shoot it later, at least you have an idea about it, because he takes his time to explain things and to do the movements with you. There was always lots of rehearsal.

2. When I had my cover on Elle magazine, everyone wanted to work with me, you know…I earned a lot of money in six months, because I did Coca-Cola for England, Palmolive, Pepsodent for the Germans. Everything I could find. So that's how Jean-Luc Godard saw me, because on one side of the Champs Elysées I was selling one brand of soap, and on the other I was selling Palmolive.

3. (on the different filmmakers she worked with) Everybody, even all the people with talent and genius, they had their own kind of way. But there is one way they are all the same: They're very human, and they have this sense of giving to you. It doesn't matter what kind of way they're doing it, as long as it's getting to you-as long as you're on the same road.

4. I don't want to do just "Hello, goodbye," only for very, very good directors like Jonathan Demme, who asked me to sing this tango in his film "The Truth About Charlie" (2002). If not, I really take my choices, because I'm too old to say yes to everything, and also, I've done too many good things to go do whatever now.

5. Jean-Luc Godard would say: "Don't you understand that if somebody is going to work, he's going to work at least eight hours a day? Why would you not work eight hours a day in front of your mirror to learn about yourself, to learn about what you're doing, to learn how ridiculous you can be, how good you can be, how stupid you can be, and so-and-so?" Of course, he was right that we should all do that every day, even when we're not working, because after all, everybody's working eight hours a day.

6. I was the youngest actress to win the Best Actress award at the Berlin festival. Everybody was talking about me, and my mother was very proud.

7. (on her "Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux" (1962) hair) I said to Jean-Luc: "I want to look very different next time." And he said: "Yes, I would like that, too." So we went to see a hairdresser, and little by little Jean-Luc decided we would cut my long black hair shorter and shorter to get this Louise Brooks style.

8. My part in "Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution" (1965) was very challenging because it was a very strange part. Coming from this other planet, speaking funny French, not knowing how to express feelings.

9. It's about being human. It's beautiful, it's touching, it's acting. It's acting and reality at the same time.

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