Just A Minute With: Charlotte Rampling

Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:46am EST
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By Victoria Klesty and Johan Sennero

STOCKHOLM (Reuters Life!) - Charlotte Rampling's portrayals of women struggling with loss, lies and lust earned her a reputation as a screen siren in European cinema.

The British actress, best known to film lovers for her Nazi-themed, sado-masochist performance in 1974's "The Night Porter," has been enjoying a career Renaissance in recent years with a string of European arthouse films.

Rampling was in Sweden to accept a Lifetime Achievement award at the Stockholm Film Festival when Reuters caught up with her to talk about her career choices and also her latest film, a British costume drama.

Q: In your latest movie, "The Duchess," you play what is maybe not a classic Rampling part. What attracted you to the film?

A: Saul Dibb (the director), who came to see me twice in Paris, and I talked about it over six months and in the end I said yes because I was free at that time. I didn't have any other films and I thought that sometimes it is good to also be part of a mainstream, sort of very beautiful classical film. And with a film like this... it is maybe nice to put myself a little more into the eyes of the public.

Q: What do you normally seek in a part?

A: I decided very early on that the mainstream world wasn't the way I wanted to go on in the world of cinema. I sought out directors who were making films in different ways and with subjects that weren't necessarily commercial.

Q: Why is that?   Continued...

<p>British actress Charlotte Rampling poses at a photocall in Venice September 7, 2005. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>