"Love and Friendship" is released is a new film by American independent classic Whit Stillman starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. Like almost twenty years ago with the same director in The Last Days of Disco, they play friends helping each other to find themselves and language with the outside world. Only this time we are talking about British court circles at the end of the 18th century. We understand the phenomenon of Chloe Sevigny, who has not changed herself for more than twenty years - she works with the best directors of our days and comes up with her own style inside and out.
Why has the world become so soft? - Chloe Sevigny asks those who, like her, remembered the mad frenzy of the early 90s, struggled without money for years and tried acid to annoy their parents. Chloe grew up in Connecticut, where all the events had to be invented and run into adventures in order to breathe out at least a little from American-style beauty: even lawns, white fences, light wings. Her older brother was swept up for illegal graffiti (there was no legal then), and Chloe herself went to New York to hang out with skaters in Manhattan (skateboarding would become an Olympic sport? Then it was impossible to imagine).
Second-hand clothes, Sonic Youth concerts, shooting music videos, posing for fashion magazines - in a word, everything that is now put on business rails and works as a show, in the years of Chloe Sevigny's youth had an imprint of a gateway. The world has really become soft, dangerous lifestyles are more likely to be imitated than actually lived. The fascination with skaters, street style stars and graffiti artists has gone like a fever: now they are mainly of interest to themselves and stylists. But Chloe Sevigny continues to be interesting to everyone around - from fans who dream of buying lots from her outstanding wardrobe, to excellent directors who invite her to bold films.
In 1994, the author of The New Yorker cut circles behind the young Chloe Sevigny: christening her the new incarnation of Jean Seberg, Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy, the journalist wrote seven pages about the new lifestyle in New York and rendered Chloe the verdict “one of the coolest girls in the world ". An underground magazine intern, a bit of a model and a seamstress at the age of 19, she hung out a lot and decided on the go what she wanted to do next - cinema or fashion. This material in the main weekly of intellectuals made her famous, but about it, Chloe Sevigny still shrugs and jokes that the interviewer was simply out of topic and went to parties where he was not invited.
Most of it girls become a sensation for several years, and then drown under the onslaught of fresh sensations. In the case of Chloe Sevigny, it’s not only the elusive it, which instantly attracts attention to her - impeccable taste, originality and the ability to take risks. Everyone also uses luck to fit into New York bohemia in their own way: Chloe Sevigny ordered her start, grabbing several things at once and never leaving them. Being a socialite and an efficient person, laughing loudly, not going into your pocket for a word and not making up an ideal angle for yourself, remaining yourself - these are the qualities for which journalists and photographers love Chloe.
Having baptized her with the new incarnation of Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy, the New Yorker journalist gave Chloe the verdict "one of the coolest girls in the world."
In the “Kids” that opened her to the world, Chloe with a boyish haircut, bruises under her eyes and a dull look of a confused HIV-positive woman wanders around the city in search of the guy who infected her. A film about mindless sex and groping to grow up through questionable partners and dangerous companies has become a manifesto of a generation and one of the intersections of all American independents. Babies was a punk movie from start to finish: sloppy, rude, truthful and spontaneous - without the ubiquitous paternalism.All because it was invented by a young Harmony Korin, who rode on a skateboard, with whom Chloe then met. Returning to filming with him in "Gummo" and "Collet Julian" the actress continued to work with images to the limit, not going to extremes. Catatonia, bleached eyebrows, a stiff gait, lazily buttoned jeans - 90s punk didn't always have to scream to excite and hurt. Everyone grew up on Clark and Corin: both the guys who looked at the heroes like in a mirror, and the prosperous kids, whom their parents did not let go to hang out in the street.
In the memories of Chloe in her youth, everyone agrees that if there was anything about this "one of the coolest girls in the world," it was the ability to be cool without effort, ignoring the rules of excellent students. Dressed at flea markets and never having received a professional acting education, Chloe Sevigny from the first attempts was able to simply “be in the frame”, bypassing trained actresses with stylists-consultants who “played”. In the 90s and early 2000s, she calmly rejects the roles of Todd Haynes, Claire Denis and Catherine Breuil, especially not thinking about the consequences: not at all confident in herself and her desires, she could not understand for a long time whether the movie would become her second life. Now, twenty years later, with a track record from von Trier to Jarmusch and Fincher, she admits that she apparently always wanted exactly what she got: rare but memorable roles with only the best. And nothing that she did not take the coveted statuette from the American Film Academy and, perhaps, will not take it.
Chloe Sevigny received an Oscar nomination after her supporting role in Kimberly Pierce's drama Boys Don't Cry: her character did not disown her transgender partner after learning his story. The nomination did not turn into an award, but is it so important: how many awaited recipients were oblivion. Perhaps Chloe's best role in the 90s was in Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco, about two not so girlfriends growing up in New York at the end of disco fever. The heroines work at lousy jobs during the day, and in the evenings they try to dance their happiness in the company of promising gentlemen. The 70s stylistic ends, the parties are not the same, the off-season reigns in the clubs - the past fashion is leaving, the new one has not yet been born, and no one will return your twenty-odd years to you. The dramedies of Whit Stillman, with the backhand dialogues of Manhattan pseudo-intellectuals, is a special movie about how to find the ground underfoot in a big city and work on the art of liking. An art that Chloe herself is unconditionally endowed with.
Next, the shining Chloe Sevigny with the habits of Bambi comes to the caste of "American Psychopath", a visual monument to kitsch of the 90s. Of all the minor roles, it is she who is remembered. This is followed by cameos in the dubbed anti-American "Dogville" and "Manderley" and the main test - the blowjob scene of Vincent Gallo in "Brown Rabbit", a loud author's failure, left in history due to that long scene on the bed. Since then, Chloe has managed to say a dozen times “I do not regret anything,” but now “Brown Rabbit” no longer seems like a disaster. In this film, as in Children, there is an everyday nightmare of violence and a dull pain of a person who is faced with irreversibility.
Do not go
from covers, be a dream girl, make collections
with Opening Ceremony and at the same time living back to back - Chloe's conscious choice
After memorable cameos in Broken Flowers and Zodiac, Chloe Sevigny is finally invited to a high-profile series. "Big Love" about polygamous relationships within the Mormon community brought the actress a Golden Globe and was the first project for which she really made a lot of money. Having bought a studio in Brooklyn, Chloe continues to ride the subway - more out of environmental beliefs and a love of observing New Yorkers. And she goes to masses on Sundays, as her parents taught her - over the years, Catholic education takes over.
Staying on the covers, being the girl of dreams, making collections with Opening Ceremony and at the same time living back to back is Chloe's conscious choice, which she talks about in an interview. Yes, a book about her media image was recently released by Rizzoli, yes, she was signed for several seasons of American Horror Story and she almost played a role in Orange is the New Black, but Chloe Sevigny, like all actresses and actors of independent films, knows the price for the freedom to work only with like-minded people. Keeping in mind the example of the idol of youth - Kim Gordon - Chloe still prefers provocative photo shoots for Marfa Journal with a lobster between her legs to an Oscar statuette. Her sexuality is a different breed from the solar energy of the common American favorites. This is "nerdy sexy", as she herself admits, a bit highbrow.
Now Chloe Sevigny is 41 years old, and in an interview she frankly says that changes in her face and body scare her a little, age becomes really noticeable, and the changing shape of her knees and the area around her eyes excites her in a way she did not care before. Over the past few years, television has taken Chloe into circulation (there was a series "Hit & Miss" about a transgender on the run and the crime story "Those Who Kill"), but the actress is increasingly looking at the director's chair, dreaming of the next job, which would fall on her. soul. Chloe's debut as the author of the film happened quite recently. The short "Kitty" about a girl who is rejected by a cold mother and turns into a kitten (based on a story by Paul Bowles) has just been shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
“I downloaded Final Draft, and it was the most difficult thing in writing the script,” - about his fantasy turned into a film, Chloe Sevigny speaks tenderly and joyfully, like a child found in a cabbage. While she continued to look like the coolest girl in the world, posted sinful photos from her graduation in the book about herself and appeared in episodes with her favorite directors, another role was ripening in her - a girl who wants to shoot stories herself. Silly, risky, without pretensions to something great - and that's why they are probably cool, like herself.
5 movies with Chloe Sevigny that you should see
French director Olivier Assayas' mind-blowing film is about a double agent in the sex business, where the main battle is for the lucrative hardcore anime market. Chloe Sevigny plays Eliza, a tough, self-assured calculating assistant in her mind who works for the boss girl played by Gina Gershon and tries to bring the double agent to the surface with manipulation and conventional pressure. The Demon Lover - the illegitimate child of The Matrix, Akira and Gaspar Noe - is accompanied by a Sonic Youth soundtrack and shows what a neo-noir can be like if a director goes all the way and goes against good taste. As a result, we have one of the most daring films of the 2000s.
Too badly filmed (the case when very bad is rather good), but must-see classic about round-the-clock party-goers. America's favorite Macaulay Culkin, who has not played a movie for nine years and grew up in a total frenzy, plays the role of Michael Alig, an underground legend and the creator of the Club Kids party with ambitions of Andy Warhol, who was accused of murder. A "shocking documentary" was filmed on the history of Alig and several memoirs were written. Chloe Sevigny herself remembers the participants in the events, to whom she went to the light of their famous parties throughout the city. In the film, she plays the girlfriend of the protagonist Jitsy - to a greater extent a caricature of herself, the hypertrophied it girl, whose main talent is to dress up perfectly for suitable occasions, smile and be in the right place at the right time. "Club mania" is about narcissism, sex, drugs and the temple of the past love - a party of a generation that dissipated into emptiness and left behind a heavy hangover.
My son, my son, what have you done
The story of one murder by Werner Herzog, who makes feature films far less often than documentaries.Demonic Michael Shannon with the gaze of a hawk plays Brad - the man who brutally killed his mother and held two hostages in the house: who these hostages are also remains to be seen. An alarmed Ingrid played by Chloe Sevigny - his girlfriend, with whom he has staged murder scenes in the past - helps in the negotiations for the transfer of the hostages. "My Son …" is a movie about the suspense of an already known crime, where horror is hidden in untold details and inexplicable motivations: the heroine of Sevigny, like many others, becomes a mediator of all-consuming madness.
One of the last roles of Sevigny, played by her in tandem with her childhood friend and another rediscovered heroine of the independent cinema of the 90s, Natasha Lyonne. Antibirth is a wild independent horror about two drug-addicted adult girlfriends, one of whom gets pregnant despite having no sex. Chloe plays her adventure partner Sadie, who for the time being does not explain anything: the night adventures turn into the scenery of hell and the comedy about funny girls drifts somewhere in the direction of early Cronenberg and the best Araki.
The truth is in wine
A misanthropic dramedy about drinking buddies - Steve Buscemi's directorial debut. His hero is not very lucky, who has lost his job and who is killing himself for a love gone, looking for happiness at the bottom of the bottle and in the company of the same unassuming acquaintances. A light affair with underage Debbie (Chloe Sevigny) briefly shortens his distance with girls with whom he usually does not get along very well. A black comedy on a sad theme is one of the most accurate observations about a life without high hopes. Chloe Sevigny plays a high school student who agrees to a relationship out of boredom and lack of choice, and not at all because she really cares about this person.
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