Julie Delpy’s teen obsessions: ‘Nastassja Kinski was my girl crush’ | Film

Rumble Fish

Once I was a youngster I used to be very a lot into movies – a little bit little bit of music perhaps, however largely movies. I went to the cinema loads. I actually appreciated older stuff like Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life, and my dad was an enormous admirer of John Cassavetes, so I used to be a fan of A Woman Under the Influence. However I actually bear in mind being blown away by [Francis Ford Coppola’s] Rumble Fish. It’s humorous: I’ve seen it since and I prefer it, however I wouldn’t say it was my favorite any extra. However again then, I believed it was simply actually nice: the music, the way in which they use black-and-white and color. I used to take heed to the soundtrack on a regular basis, too. It was by Stewart Copeland of the Police. And I cherished the early Jim Jarmusch movies, significantly Stranger Than Paradise, the primary of his films that had a world impression. These two – Rumble Fish and Stranger Than Paradise – have been actually essential to me as a youngster, together with Down by Law, which got here alongside a bit later.

New Wave

, I had a really boring life, simply watching films. I’m not a really explicit individual in terms of music. I used to be into Tom Waits, most likely due to Jarmusch; I grew up with my mother and father listening to Bowie, Lou Reed, glam rock, all that. Once I was 14 and 15 I listened to issues that have been cool on the time: new wave music, Depeche Mode, all that shit. I bear in mind buddies turning me on to U2, however then I went to their live performance in Paris: it was on this large place within the suburbs, stuffed with mud, and there was a stampede. It was a horrible, horrible expertise so I used to be over U2 fairly quick. One of many French bands I appreciated was Les Rita Mitsouko, they have been one of many largest bands within the 1980s. It’s best to try their tune Andy, it’s actually nice.

Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in A Bout de Souffle. Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive
Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in A Bout de Souffle. Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive

I received actually into Godard early: A Bout de Souffle, Pierrot le Fou, all of his movies. After which after I was 14 I began working with him – he forged me in Détective, which was an actual honour. It was a really bizarre journey. I had been auditioning for lots of people since I used to be 13, and I wasn’t a really – how do you say? – seductive individual in direction of administrators and other people within the film enterprise. I feel that’s the proper phrase to make use of now we all know all about it. I had a complete yr with lots of people telling me I wasn’t going to get work as a result of I wasn’t taking part in the sport, blah blah blah, so it was a little bit difficult, even at that age. It could be surprising, however everybody is aware of in France there are folks strolling round, making films, who have been brazenly courting 13-year-olds within the 1980s.

However Godard didn’t care about that. He simply appreciated my persona. He was a really sincere man – in a means, very straight. Inside all his craziness he has a really excessive sense of morality. He’s not a creepy man in any respect.

Nastassja Kinski

‘She was so beautiful in the film’ ... Nastassja Kinski in Tess. Photograph: Allstar/Columbia
‘She was so lovely within the movie’ … Nastassja Kinski in Tess. Photograph: Allstar/Columbia

I used to be obsessive about the film Tess and I used to be actually in love with Nastassja Kinski. It was an actual woman crush. Tess seems like a bizarre film now for apparent causes, however there’s an ideal facet to it. She was so lovely within the movie, you understand, and she or he was so good. She is such actress.

One other of my obsessions was Francis Bacon. I even got here to London to fulfill him after I was 16 or 17. He had agreed to do an interview with a good friend of mine, a very cute boy (clearly). I used to be informed to depart the room, however at the least I received to see him for a couple of seconds.

Paris Boum Boum

I wasn’t a typical teenager. I turned very concerned within the Paris evening scene at one level after I was in my late teenagers. I used to be a celebration animal. Earlier than that, after I was 14, I used to go to a spot referred to as Paris Boum Boum to flee my mother and father’ house at evening. It was a 1950s revival theme in a good looking form of cellar. I realized rock’n’roll dancing there. In a while, in my center teenagers, I might simply go to common golf equipment; I used to be dancing a lot. I cherished dancing. And smoking two packs a day.

Patrice Chéreau

My mother and father have been in theatre, and due to them I watched a whole lot of superb exhibits. The perfect I ever noticed was a model of Hamlet by Patrice Chéreau. If you happen to don’t know him, it’s best to: he was essentially the most superb French director. I’ve by no means seen a manufacturing in English that was higher than this – sorry to let you know that! The theatre items he directed have been simply mind-blowing, so lovely – the scenography, the directing, every little thing. The best way he made Hamlet, on this flat stage with items of wooden coming out and in – the way in which it was thought out was simply magnificent.

It was on the Avignon competition, with a stage in entrance of the Palais des Papes, a tremendous medieval constructing. The play begins as evening falls – it’s an expertise I’ll always remember. And it was not simply the setting. I’ve seen different performs there they usually sucked. It was Chéreau. Chéreau was Chéreau, you understand?

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