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‘Anita’ Review: Dazzling Anita Pallenberg, Paramour Of Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Emerges In Her Own Right — Cannes

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Were it not for a chance encounter with the Rolling Stones in 1965, we might remember Anita Pallenberg as an exceptional actress and stunning model. Instead, her life was to be defined largely in relation to her ties with the “greatest rock n’ roll band in the world.”

In the documentary Anita, which premiered earlier this week at the Cannes Film Festival, the radiant and compelling Pallenberg finally gets her due as a creative force in her own right, a woman of alluring beauty, intelligence, dysfunction, addiction, and yes, an important figure in the world of the Stones at their apex.

Directors Alexis Bloom (L) & Svetlana Zwill

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Alexis Bloom and Svetlana Zwill directed the documentary, which begins with grainy archive of a gorgeous Pallenberg outdoors in a park-like setting, caped in orange and swirling for the camera as she takes a drag from a cigarette. In voiceover she says, “I’ve been called a witch, a slut and a murderer. I’ve been hounded by the police and slandered by the press.” How’s that for an introduction?

The words come from an unpublished memoir Pallenberg wrote before her death in 2017, the narration voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Anita recounts her early years in Rome and education in Germany, born to an artistic but paradoxically straitlaced family. She rebelled. At age 19 Pallenberg headed off to New York, knowing very little English, she recalls. A black and white still photo of her on the boat to America shows her from a distance; even from afar she pops – her dazzling smile snares the attention.

Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg

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After no time in New York she was “washing Jasper Johns’ paint brushes,” she says, and began to hang out with the Factory crowd of Andy Warhol and associates. Her Scandinavian look and callipygian form gained her immediate entrée to modeling, at which she excelled, though she says she hated it.

Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg, December 9, 1969.

Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg, December 9, 1969.

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On a visit to Munich in ‘65, she attended a raucous Rolling Stones concert and fell in with founding band member Brian Jones. They quickly became a couple, bonding over a shared enthusiasm for drugs, among other things. Everyone found her intriguing, Keith Richards recalls in a new audio interview recorded for the film. Eventually, Anita rolled from one Stone to another, forming a deep romantic attachment with Richards who describes himself as “bursting in love” with her.

She possessed a joie de vivre, a vitality and frankness that appears to have captivated those around her, including budding filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff, who discovered her sparkling quality carried over to celluloid. He cast her in A Degree of Murder in 1967 and a year later director Roger Vadim put her in a major role in Barbarella opposite Vadim’s young wife, Jane Fonda. Although Pallenberg’s voice was dubbed (presumably owing to her accented English), she more than held her own with the future two-time Oscar winner. She seems more effortlessly in character as The Great Tyrant than Fonda as Barbarella.

Anita Pallenberg and Mick Jagger in a scene from 'Performance,' 1970.

Anita Pallenberg and Mick Jagger in a scene from ‘Performance,’ 1970.

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Pallenberg notes her growing fame but says she understood it was nothing next to the frenetic worldwide attention attracted by the Rolling Stones. The two worlds intersected when Mick Jagger took on his first major acting role, playing a rock star in Performance, which co-starred Pallenberg. The two spent decades denying they hooked up at the time, but in her memoir she comes clean, saying they did indeed engage in a casual affair while she was then partnered with Richards, and that Richards knew about it. A mutual friend says that Jagger fell in love with her, but she writes in her memoir, “The funny thing is, I never really fancied Mick at all.”

Crushed by the one-sided attraction, the film says Jagger was inspired to write “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Similarly, Keith’s tortured romantic and possessive feelings for Pallenberg inspired him to write “Gimme Shelter.” (For those keeping score of Stones-Pallenberg connections, Anita also contributed some background vocals to “Sympathy for the Devil.”). 

Anita Wallenberg, Keith Richards and kids attend a screening of 'Gimme Shelter,' in Cannes, 1970.

Anita Wallenberg, Keith Richards and kids attend a screening of ‘Gimme Shelter,’ in Cannes, 1970.

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Much of the documentary is devoted to Anita’s lengthy if troubled relationship with Richards, which lasted from roughly 1967-1980. They had three kids together, including Marlon, Angela and Tara – a boy who died at only two months old of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Marlon and Angela appear in the film (Marlon is an EP), describing a chaotic childhood as dad left for work (meaning, touring around the world) and mom battled addiction to heroin, among other substances. Anita herself says, “I wanted to be a good mother, but it didn’t work.”

There’s a poignancy in how matter-of-fact and even forgiving Marlon and Angela are regarding their upbringing (in the midst of the family chaos, Marlon went off to live in France with Keith, and Angela was raised in England by her grandmother, Keith’s mom). Marlon recalls the lifestyle as “shambolic,” and says in one three-year stretch they moved house 20 times. It’s a disturbing story of perhaps unintentional neglect, the kind oft-told by the offspring of rock stars. 

Scarlett Johansson at the 76th annual Cannes film festival May 24, 2023.

Scarlett Johansson at the 76th annual Cannes film festival May 24, 2023.

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Anita benefits from a surprisingly rich archive. Way more footage of Pallenberg exists than one might have thought possible, even from times when she was living in rural areas of Switzerland or upstate New York while Richards toured. Scarlett Johansson wisely avoids trying to imitate Pallenberg’s accent, which would have been distracting. It’s a bravura voiceover, a real acting performance (on par with her work in Her) and it draws us deeply into Anita’s point of view on heady and tumultuous times.

The revelation is Anita’s well-written autobiography, which if published would pair well with Keith Richards’ extraordinary Life. The excerpts leave no doubt about how strong and spirited a woman she was (son Marlon says in the film, alluding to the Stones, “She had bigger balls than any of them did, probably, in a lot of ways.”). Richards, too, seems still to harbor tender feelings for her, all these years later, noting warmly, “She was a unique piece of work.”

As for herself, Pallenberg says in her memoirs, “Writing this has helped me emerge in my own eyes.”

The documentary allows Anita to emerge in our eyes as well, perhaps not fully out of the shadow of the Stones – that isn’t possible – but in enough light for her to shine.

Title: Man in Black
Festival: Cannes (Cannes Classics section)
Director: Alexis Bloom, Svetlana Zwill
Cast: Scarlett Johansson (voice of Anita Wallenberg)
Running time: 110 min.
Sales: Cinetic Media


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A former Playboy model who alleges Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her and another woman at his home in 1969 sued him Thursday under a new California law that suspends the statute of limitations on sex abuse claims.

In her lawsuit, Victoria Valentino, 80, says she was an actress and singer 54 years ago, when she met Cosby, now 85. The comedian and actor later approached her at a Los Angeles cafe, where he spotted her crying over the recent drowning death of her 6-year-old son.

The Associated Press does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly.

Cosby offered to pay for a spa treatment for Valentino and a friend, and then sent a chauffeured car to pick the women up for dinner. That evening at a steakhouse, Cosby gave them each a pill, she said in the court filing.

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“Here! Take this!” the lawsuit alleges Cosby said to them. “It will make you feel better. It will make us ALL feel better.”

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Cosby then drove the women to his house, where Valentino passed out on a couch, and later woke up and witnessed him sexually assaulting her unnamed friend, according to the lawsuit. The court documents allege Cosby then “engaged in forced sexual intercourse” with Valentino while she was incapacitated from the drug.

Valentino’s allegations come on the heels of lawsuits last year by six Cosby accusers in New York under a similar provision known as a “lookback” law that allows adults to file sexual abuse cases for allegations that had fallen outside the statute of limitations.

The former “Cosby Show” star, who has been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment by at least 60 women, has denied all allegations involving sex crimes. He was the first celebrity tried and convicted in the #MeToo era — and spent nearly three years at a state prison near Philadelphia before a higher court threw out the conviction and released him in 2021.

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His spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, said Thursday that Valentino’s lawsuit lacks “any proof or facts” and that so-called lookback laws violate constitutional rights aimed at protecting crime victims and “those that are accused of a crime.”

“What graveyard can Mr. Cosby visit, in order to dig up potential witnesses to testify on his behalf?” Wyatt asked in a statement. “America is continuing to see that this is a formula to make sure that no more Black Men in America accumulate the American Dream that was secured by Mr. Cosby.”

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The lawsuit in LA County Superior Court was filed nearly two years after Cosby left prison when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his 2018 sexual assault conviction. They found he gave incriminating testimony in a deposition about the encounter only after believing he had immunity from prosecution. The trial judge and an intermediate appeals court had found no evidence of such immunity.

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Earlier this year, a Los Angeles jury awarded $500,000 to a woman who said Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion when she was a teenager in 1975.

Seven other accusers received a settlement from Cosby’s insurers in the wake of the Pennsylvania conviction over a defamation lawsuit they had filed in Massachusetts. Their lawsuit said that Cosby and his agents disparaged them in denying their allegations of abuse.

Valentino’s lawsuit requests a jury trial and seeks unspecified punitive damages.

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"She Was So Rude, My Family Is No Longer Allowed To Listen To Her Music": 34 Of The Absolute Best And Worst Celebrities People Have Ever Met

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ABSOLUTE DREAM: “My story is that I was actually horrible to a celebrity. In the ’70s, I was obsessed with Donny and Marie. They were playing at our state fair that year. My dad tried to get tickets, but it was sold out. He took us to the fair anyway. A few times we could hear the music, which infuriated me at 7 years old. When we were leaving, my dad had to stop the car because there was a big crowd of people. As they cleared to let us through, two people popped their heads in the car window to apologize. It was Donny and Marie. I refused to believe it was really them, and I told Marie, ‘You’re not Marie. She’s a lot prettier than you.’ My family was horrified.”

“Marie laughed it off. Then, she smiled that famous smile and I said, ‘It IS you! You are the prettiest woman in the world.’ She said, ‘Well that makes up for your first comment.’ They apologized again for the crowd blocking the road, got on their tour bus, and left. I got grounded for two weeks. Sorry, Marie.”


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Kim Cattrall Joins And Just Like That Amid Feud Rumors

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And then there were also rumors of a fallout between Cattrall and Parker, who has denied that the two are in a feud.

“There is not a ‘fight’ going on,” Parker, 58, told The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast last June. “There has been no public dispute or spat or conversations or allegations made by me or anybody on my behalf.”

While Cattrall was absent for AJLT‘s first season, writers kept her character in the show through text exchanges with her now-estranged friend Carrie Bradshaw (Parker). In the season one finale, Carrie reached out to Samantha, who now lives in London, to meet up.

“It’s odd, isn’t it?” Cattrall told Variety of the writers’ decision to keep Samantha in the storyline. “I don’t know how to feel about it.”

And Just Like That… returns to Max on June 22. For now, keep reading for more details about the second season.

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