I was listening to the 96.3 Classical FM this morning when I heard that French film legend Anna Karina passed away from cancer. This was surprising because I had not seen the news anywhere on the web either the day before or in the morning.
She will be missed. But she will not be forgotten.
Karina was a talented actress and had the look for cinema. I have only seen a handful of her pictures, but I can say with confidence that her greatest movie of all time was “My Life to Live.”
Her performance was compelling, poignant, and deep. She was a lost soul, a philosopher itching to break free from from the poor decisions she made. While it was superbly directed, written, and photographed, Karina made that film for what it was.
Here is my favorite scene from the picture. It was simple but riveting.