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Elizabeth Carlson
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Daniel Jelline
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Rivas
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Margaret
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Bridget Gormann
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Carmen ...
Lois Straub
Daisy Carrington ...
Daisy Carlson
Carl Lee ...
Duke
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Wisconsin farm girl Elizabeth Carlson leaves family and her English teacher lover behind and escapes to New York. There she soon makes a career for herself as a fashion model. During a vernissage she's approached by a mysterious man whose motives are unclear... Written by Michel Hafner <mhafner@imdb.com>

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The modeling for Elizabeth Carlson (Nastassja Kinski)'s fashion pictures was by 'Yves Saint Laurent'. See more »

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Elizabeth's purse changes positions when she's asking informations on the mosque. When she's outside the purse is on her left side, but when she's inside the purse goes to the right and later returns to the left again when she's about to leave the place. See more »

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Daniel Jelline: You are very beautiful. But you should never wear make up, specially lipstick. Your lips are full and generous without it.
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Referenced in Moscow on the Hudson (1984) See more »

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The Locomotion
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Performed by Little Eva
Courtesy of Emus Records
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Kinski breaks the barrier
18 March 1999 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

There are moments in this film that are so amazing to me. It is hard to describe in words what occurs in this film that I find so striking.

Kinski is sheer brilliance. It is not that she delivers a phenomenal performance but that she seduces the camera without any ego. I have never seen this done before by another actress in the same sense. It is though we were watching a documentary.

The film is an awful mess but at the same time I found it fascinating. The dance Kinski does in her unfurnished apartment has a strong sense of an individual void of the conformity of life. She dances to the beat of her own drum.

There is another scene where Kinski gets out of a cab and falls in the street. She gets up and runs away with a limp in her step. Why I found that intriguing I cannot say. It seemed awkward in an awkward film.

I like it for its foolishness and its attempt of making the world of fashion and terrorism seem romantic.

Kinski breaks the barrier between audience and screen as the magazine Variety stated. It was such a perfect description of her performance. Roger Ebert offers an excellent review on this film and I highly agree with it.

Check it out sometime and see a star at work.


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