Born in Copenhagen, denmark on 22 September 1940 as the Hanne Karin Blarke Bayer , completed secondary school, he studied dance and later, after having acted in a short film and some advertising, he moved to Paris becoming a popular model (it was the Coco Chanel to find them the new name) for popular advertising campaigns. He was immediately noticed by the young Godard, who chose her as the protagonist of his second film Le petit soldat (filmed in 1960 but released in 1963), giving her character the name-tribute to Veronica Dreyer and writing dialogues and scenes tailored to you.
Godard was finally conquered by the young actress offering her the part of a girl simply sentimental in a woman is a woman, defined then 'a documentary on Anna Karina' - and making the same choices shortly after the end of the film. Karina, with her face harmonious, framed by hair very dark, he became one of the symbols of the Nouvelle Vague just for the intense interpretation of The woman is a woman, with the silver Bear at Berlin Festival in 1961.
With Godard, Karina showed maximum willingness to accommodate the unusual techniques of the director in the direction of the actors. This important partnership will not stop him from working in films of other directors: among them are Susanna Simonin, the nun (1966) Jacques Rivette , Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) Agnès Varda , The pleasure and love (1964) Roger Vadim, and schiava di Bagdad (1963) Pierre Gaspard-Huit .
it Was, however, Godard to draw for Karina's character original, dramatic and abstract, as in This is my life (1962) or Agent Lemmy Caution: missione Alphaville (1965), or a care-free and romantic as in Bande à part (1964) and The bandit 11 (1965), the culmination of his collaboration with the director, who would end up in An american history (1967) in the singular role of a Humphrey Bogart-female.
After her divorce from Godard in 1967, Karina expanded her horizons by working abroad. Already in 1965 he had played one of the prostitutes from the Greek to The soldiers of Valerio Zurlini ; in 1967, he was the fellow-lover of Meursault ( Marcello Mastroianni ) in The foreign Luchino Visconti , while for the French Jean Aurel , who had directed The original hot skin (1965), he played Lamiel (1967), the girl of the province of the unfinished novel by Stendhal.
Almost all the movies which was released in that period were of a more literary: The merciless law of the rebel (1969) Volker Schlondorff from Heinrich von Kleist ; At the bottom of the dark (1969) Tony Richardson from the novel by Vladimir Nabokov , in an unusual part of a woman is cynical and ruthless; a Ratio of four (1969) directed by George Cukor , inspired by Lawrence Durrell . It then appeared in Bread and chocolate (1974) Franco Brusati and The invention of Morel 1974) Emidio Greco .
In the second half of the Seventies he performed for young filmmakers that are attracted to the Nouvelle Vague, such as Benoit Jacquot for his first feature film, The assassin musicien (1976) and Rainer W. Fassbinder for Roulette chinese (1976).
In the meantime, Karina has become a standard in the directing, writing, producing and starring in Vivre ensemble (1973), a version of the feminist of the world paris; the song is already practiced in a number of films, recording some of the disks; and also in the writing, publishing three novels. In the meantime, he continued to pray occasionally in the film, including The work in black (1988) André Delvaux , Up, down, fragile (1995) friend of the Jacques Rivette . The most recent appearance was in The thriller The truth about Charlie (2002) Jonathan Demme , not a case full of references to the Nouvelle Vague.
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