Melody of love sang from her heart, Emmanuelle!

1440145624_1427463648_spb-filmSylvia Kristel began modeling when she was 17. She entered the Miss TV Europe contest in 1973 and won. Multilingual, she spoke Dutch, English, French, German and Italian fluently, and several other languages to a lesser extent. Kristel gained international attention in 1974 for playing the title character in the softcore film Emmanuelle, which remains one of the most successful French films ever produced. After the success of Emmanuelle, she often played roles that capitalised on that sexually provocative image, most notably starring in an adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981), and a nudity-filled biopic of the World War I spy in Mata Hari (1985). Her Emmanuelle image followed her to the United States, where she played Nicole Mallow, a maid who seduces a teenage boy, in the sex comedy Private Lessons (1981). Another mainstream American film appearance was a brief comic turn in the Get Smart revival film The Nude Bomb in 1980.

96z3lctyk7Although Private Lessons was one of the highest-grossing independent films of 1981 (ranking #28 in US domestic gross),  Kristel reportedly saw none of the profits and continued to appear in movies and last played Emmanuelle in the early 1990s. In May 1990, she appeared in the television series My Riviera, filmed at her home in Saint-Tropez and offering insights of her life and motivations in an interview with writer-director Michael Feeney Callan. In 2001, she played a small role in Forgive Me, Dutch filmmaker Cyrus Frisch‘s debut. In May 2006, Kristel received an award at the Tribeca Film Festival, New York for directing the animated short film Topor and Me, written by Ruud Den Dryver. The award was presented by Gayle King. After a hiatus of eight years, she acted in the film, Two Sunny Days (2010), and that same year in her last acting role, she played Eva de Leeuw in the TV series The Swing Girls.

images-2A heavy smoker of unfiltered cigarettes from the age of 11, Kristel was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2001 and underwent three courses of chemotherapy and surgery after the disease spread to her lungs.(Smoking is dangerous for your health!) On 12 June 2012, she suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in critical condition. Four months later, she died in her sleep at age 60 from esophageal and lung cancer. She was survived by her son, Arthur Claus, and her younger sister, Marianne. Sylvia Kristel is buried at her place of birth in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Good bye, the idol of my youth!



978fd73456fbcf41a616b4ae8bc8a7On this day in 1967, Julia Roberts, the girl-next-door beauty who will become one of Hollywood’s A-list actresses and the star of such hit films as Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich and Notting Hill, is born in Smyrna, Georgia.

The actress’s early credits include Satisfaction (1988), with Justine Bateman and Liam Neeson, and the romantic comedy Mystic Pizza (1989), in which she played the feisty waitress Daisy Arujo. Roberts received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role as a young Southern woman afflicted with serious health problems in the 1989 tearjerker Steel Magnolias, which co-starred Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis and Daryl Hannah. Roberts’ performance as the hooker with a heart of gold Vivian Ward in Pretty Womanskyrocketed her to stardom. The film, directed by Garry Marshall and co-starring Richard Gere, was an enormous box-office success.


0aee75Roberts, who became known for her huge smile and willowy beauty, went on to appear in a long list of films in the 1990s, including Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), Dying Young (1991), The Pelican Brief (1993) with Denzel Washington, My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) with Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett, Notting Hill (1999) with Hugh Grant, and Runaway Bride (1999) with Richard Gere. In between her hits came such commercial flops as I Love Trouble (1994) and Mary Reilly (1996).

Roberts won a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in the title role of Erin Brockovich (2000), based on the true story of a single mother who takes on a giant power company that has poisoned one town’s water supply. Her more recent film credits include Ocean’s Eleven (2001) and Ocean’s Twelve (2004), both of which co-starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. She also voiced the role of Charlotte the motherly spider in 2006’s Charlotte’s Web and co-starred with Tom Hanks in 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War.

Roberts was married to the country singer Lyle Lovett from 1993 to 1995. In 2002, she wed cameraman Danny Moder, whom she reportedly met on the set of her film The Mexican (2001). The couple has three children.


2046: The Love Movie



The young writer moves in a hotel where he intends to rent the room 2046 as this number reminds him of the past, but it appears it is impossible, and he lodges in the next number.

He feverishly writes, remembering the love meetings and surrounding people and among its prototypes are the owner of hotel, various women, lodgers number 2046. In his book the fantastic future in which all Earth is the huge transport network where it is possible to move to any place and time is described. Year 2046 designates a special time to which people seek to get to find lost.

You don’t know what to admire: the remarkable acting, originality of a plot or divine melody of the composer Shigeru Umebayashi!

And how do you think: whether it is possible to restore the lost feelings or at  least their part?