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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.
Miss Kinski is late. Which is fine by me, sitting in the garden of Los Angeles' Bel Air Hotel in the crystal light drinking iced tea and watching a man prune the roses. Five pm becomes six. Six pm dwindles into seven. And by the time she does arrive, at half past seven - leaning over me and saying breathlessly in that voice of shy wonder, "Is it me you are waiting for?
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"