Jane, Tess, the Cat, the Bear, the Angel (And the Others)

Nastassja Kinski and Hunter Carson, Holly Beach, LA, 11/27/83

Nastassja Kinski and Hunter Carson, Holly Beach, LA, 11/27/83

I went to a Diary Queen in Port Arthur, TX, with Nastassja Kinksi.  She was 23 and wearing soupcan rollers in her hair, which didn’t diminish that she was the most beautiful person I’d ever seen.  The other customers and the kids behind the counter stared at her (just as everyone had in the general store with the mostly empty shelves in Holly Beach, LA).  She initially seemed not to notice, but halfway through her soft-serve speculated that maybe it was the rollers, maybe she should have worn a scarf over them.

The next day she shot Jane’s beautiful and emotional “Paris, Texas” monologue.

Wim Wenders’ Palme d’Or-winner and eight other films starring Kinski (including James Toback’s “Exposed,” Paul Schrader’s “Cat People,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “One From the Heart” and Roman Polanski’s “Tess”) will screen in the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s retrospective, “Nastassja Kinski: From the Heart.”

The series, at the Walter Reade Theater, opens Thursday, November 27, and runs through Wednesday, December 3.  Intro by and Q&A with Nastassja Kinski for “Paris, Texas,” on Sunday, November 30, at 7:30 pm.  James Toback will introduce and participate in a Q&A for “Exposed” on Friday, November 28, at 8:30 pm.  Toback will moderate a discussion with Kinski after the screening of “Tess” on Saturday, November 29, at 4:00 pm.

James Toback, NYC

James Toback, NYC

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