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Scene from THE LOOK - CHARLOTTE RAMPLING (photo © Angelina Maccarone)

There is a shroud of mystery surrounding the figure of Charlotte Rampling. For some, she is a taboo breaker; for others, she is a style icon. But without a doubt, she is an international star and a fearless avant-gardist – because she follows her gut feeling rather than thinking about whether or not it will be good for her career.

She was the Chelsea Girl in the swinging London of the 1960s. For his film THE DAMNED, Visconti brought her to Italy, where her role in Cavani’s THE NIGHT PORTER set off a huge taboo debate. She inspired Helmut Newton to his very first nude photo. She was the perfect woman for Woody Allen in New York and she stood before the camera in Hollywood with Paul Newman. Avowedly, she prefers to work with “auteurs”, like Nagisa Oshima and Francois Ozon.

Often characterized as the “object of desire”, the view in THE LOOK is hers: she is the subject of the film.

With companions like Peter Lindbergh and Paul Auster, she plumbs in nine chapters the great topics in life, beyond the anecdotal and mere chronological memories: EXPOSURE, BEAUTY, AGE, RESONANCE, TABOO, DESIRE, DEMONS, DEATH, and LOVE.
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Director Angelina Maccarone
Screenplay Angelina Maccarone
Cinematography Bernd Meiners
Producers Gerd Haag, Michael Trabitzsch, Serge Lalou, Charlotte Uzu
Production Companies TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion/Cologne, Prounen Film/Berlin, Les Films d'ici/Paris, in co-production with ZDF, 3sat/Mainz, ARTE France/Issy-les-Moulineaux
Runtime 90 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
 French, English
Subtitled Versions German, French
Festivals Cannes 2011 (Cannes Classics), Cambridge 2011, Hamptons 2011, Haifa 2011, Rio 2011, Stockholm 2011, Rencontres Montreal 2011, Hong Kong 2012, Planete Doc 2012, Transilvania IFF Cluj 2012, Moscow 2012, Vladivostok 2012
With backing from German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Piffl Medien

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