Julie Christie blew away critics and viewers alike with her performance in Away From Her. And if you’ve seen the new Death at a Funeral, you may have recognized as the beleaguered widow Jane Asher, who was Paul McCartney’s girlfriend and fiancée for half of the 1960s.
They’re not the only birds of the Swinging Sixties returning to international screens this year, as demonstrated this week at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Anita Pallenberg, long-time significant other of Keith Richards, is in Abel Ferrara’s Go Go Tales, though I missed her among the rest of the all-star cast. Even if she didn’t have a big role, it’s nice to know there’s life after Keith.
But the real knockout performance comes from Marianne Faithful, who refused to let herself be defined as Mick Jagger’s arm candy. (Her autobiography Faithfull is movie material just begging to be adapted.) In Irina Palm, she stars as a grandmother who, in need of money for her sick grandson, takes a job as a sex trade worker. It’s not quite as icky as it sounds, and surprisingly funny. And credit it with introducing a new diagnosis for physical therapists—“penis elbow.”Read More