I have spent the last half-hour or so at this keyboard trying to find some subtle or analytical method of easing into the central thesis of this article but having failed to do that, I have decided to simply get to the fulcrum of my particular gist—Nastassja Kinksi is my all-time favorite actress. This may seem like a bold and potentially questionable opinion to some of you, but having been mesmerized by her singular screen presence for more than odd years at this point without having this view shaken in the slightest in that time, I stand by these words. Her combination of extraordinary beauty, raw acting talent, pure screen charisma and a facility for choosing projects that gave her ample opportunities to display those gifts made her into one of the most electrifying movie stars in the world during the peak of her stardom in the s and even today, her mere presence alone is generally enough to make a film worth watching. Put it this way—I even have a bizarre fondness for the lunacy that is " Terminal Velocity " and I assure you that it has precious little to do with Charlie Sheen. Needless to say, I am not the only person that feels this way, as many of the films that she made during her heyday have overcome numerous instances of initial commercial indifference and have gone on to become cult favorite. To view any one of these films on the big screen, to get the full impact of both the work as a whole and of the actress herself, would be a must-see by itself but to get a chance to experience them all together must go down as one of the key cinematic experiences of the year. How to explain her appeal to those who are not that familiar with her or her work? Well, at first, there is her incomparable physical appeal—she could toggle between innocence and pure carnality in the blink of an eye with a timeless look that could be absolutely of the moment while simultaneously evoking such classic screen beauties as Garbo and Bergman. Then there was her equally striking screen presence—a pose at once open and tantalizingly aloof that set her apart from most other stars of her time and which made them want to know more. This would have been enough to make for a solid career in many cases, but Kinski was also a gifted actress who turned in performances that were touching, powerful and hypnotic.
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In , she met director Roman Polanski , who urged her to study method acting with Lee Strasberg in the United States. Kinski starred in the Italian romantic drama Stay as You Are with Marcello Mastroianni , gaining her recognition in the United States after the film's release on December 21, She played the title character in Polanski's romantic drama Tess , an adaptation of Thomas Hardy 's novel "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" The film became a box office bomb and was a major loss for Coppola's production company Zoetrope Studios. She also starred in the erotic horror movie Cat People with Malcolm McDowell , a remake of the classic of the same name.
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Her worldwide breakthrough was with Stay as You Are She then came to global prominence with her Golden Globe Award -winning performance as the title character in the Roman Polanski -directed film Tess Kinski is fluent in four languages: German , English , French and Italian. She is the daughter of German actor Klaus Kinski. Her parents divorced in After the age of 10, Kinski rarely saw her father. Her mother struggled financially to support them;  they eventually lived in a commune in Munich. In a interview, Kinski denied that her father had molested her as a child, but said he had abused her "in other ways". She said, "He was no father.