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Julie Delpy’s teen obsessions: ‘Nastassja Kinski was my lady crush’

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Rumble Fish

After I was an adolescent I used to be very a lot into movies – slightly little bit of music possibly, however principally movies. I went to the cinema rather a lot. I actually appreciated older stuff like Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life, and my dad was a giant admirer of John Cassavetes, so I used to be a fan of A Woman Under the Influence. However I actually keep in mind being blown away by [Francis Ford Copolla’s] Rumble Fish. It’s humorous: I’ve seen it since and I prefer it, however I wouldn’t say it was my favorite any extra. However again then, I believed it was simply actually nice: the music, the best way they use black-and-white and color. I used to take heed to the soundtrack on a regular basis, too. It was by Stewart Copeland of the Police. And I beloved the early Jim Jarmusch movies, notably Stranger Than Paradise, the primary of his motion pictures that had a world affect. These two – Rumble Fish and Stranger Than Paradise – have been actually essential to me as an adolescent, together with Down by Law, which got here alongside a bit later.

New Wave

, I had a really boring life, simply watching motion pictures. I’m not a really specific individual with regards to music. I used to be into Tom Waits, in all probability due to Jarmusch; I grew up with my dad and mom listening to Bowie, Lou Reed, glam rock, all that. After I was 14 and 15 I listened to issues that have been cool on the time: new wave music, Depeche Mode, all that shit. I keep in mind buddies turning me on to U2, however then I went to their live performance in Paris: it was on this big place within the suburbs, stuffed with mud, and there was a stampede. It was a horrible, horrible expertise so I used to be over U2 fairly quick. One of many French bands I appreciated was Les Rita Mitsouko, they have been one of many largest bands within the Nineteen Eighties. It’s best to take a look at their music Andy, it’s actually nice.

Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in A Bout de Souffle. Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive
Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in A Bout de Souffle. {Photograph}: Ronald Grant Archive

I obtained actually into Godard early: A Bout de Souffle, Pierrot le Fou, all of his movies. After which after I was 14 I began working with him – he forged me in Détective, which was an actual honour. It was a really bizarre journey. I had been auditioning for lots of people since I used to be 13, and I wasn’t a really – how do you say? – seductive individual in the direction of administrators and other people within the film enterprise. I believe that’s the proper phrase to make use of now we all know all about it. I had a complete yr with lots of people telling me I wasn’t going to get work as a result of I wasn’t taking part in the sport, blah blah blah, so it was slightly tough, even at that age. It might be stunning, however everybody is aware of in France there are individuals strolling round, making motion pictures, who have been overtly courting 13-year-olds within the Nineteen Eighties.

However Godard didn’t care about that. He simply appreciated my character. He was a really trustworthy man – in a means, very straight. Inside all his craziness he has a really excessive sense of morality. He’s not a creepy man in any respect.

Nastassja Kinski

‘She was so beautiful in the film’ ... Nastassja Kinski in Tess. Photograph: Allstar/Columbia
‘She was so stunning within the movie’ … Nastassja Kinski in Tess. {Photograph}: Allstar/Columbia

I used to be obsessive about the film Tess and I used to be actually in love with Nastassja Kinski. It was an actual lady crush. Tess appears like a bizarre film now for apparent causes, however there’s an important aspect to it. She was so stunning within the movie, you understand, and she or he was so good. She is such actress.

One other of my obsessions was Francis Bacon. I even got here to London to satisfy him after I was 16 or 17. He had agreed to do an interview with a pal of mine, a extremely cute boy (clearly). I used to be informed to depart the room, however at the least I obtained to see him for a number of seconds.

Paris Boum Boum

I wasn’t a typical teenager. I turned very concerned within the Paris night time scene at one level after I was in my late teenagers. I used to be a celebration animal. Earlier than that, after I was 14, I used to go to a spot known as Paris Boum Boum to flee my dad and mom’ house at night time. It was a Fifties revival theme in a fantastic kind of cellar. I discovered rock’n’roll dancing there. Afterward, in my center teenagers, I might simply go to common golf equipment; I used to be dancing a lot. I beloved dancing. And smoking two packs a day.

Patrice Chéreau

My dad and mom have been in theatre, and due to them I watched plenty of wonderful exhibits. One of the best I ever noticed was a model of Hamlet by Patrice Chéreau. Should you don’t know him, it is best to: he was probably the most wonderful French director. I’ve by no means seen a manufacturing in English that was higher than this – sorry to let you know that! The theatre items he directed have been simply mind-blowing, so stunning – the scenography, the directing, all the things. The best way he made Hamlet, on this flat stage with items of wooden coming out and in – the best way it was thought out was simply magnificent.

It was on the Avignon competition, with a stage in entrance of the Palais des Papes, an incredible medieval constructing. The play begins as night time falls – it’s an expertise I’ll always remember. And it was not simply the setting. I’ve seen different performs there and so they sucked. It was Chéreau. Chéreau was Chéreau, you understand?

Julie Delpy’s new film My Zoe is obtainable now on digital codecs

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