About six years ago, I was first introduced to the film A Bout de Souffle (Breathless) directed by Jean-Luc Godard. At that time, having lived in a quite uncultured place my whole life, I was not that interested in foreign films. "I don't want to have to read the whole time!" I protested. "Trust me...you'll love this..." my movie partner insisted.
From the first moment Jean Seberg (as Patricia Franchini) appeared on the screen, I already loved the film. Not so much because I found myself intrigued by the French New Wave, but because I could not take my eyes off of this Jean Seberg character! I couldn't believe that I had never heard of this actress. I'm not a film critic, so I can't speak to her acting talent, but she was most definitely a mesmerizing person to watch onscreen.
Six years later, I realize that I've gleaned a lot of my personal style from Jean: simple pieces, and stripes. Lots and lots of stripes. Mmm...stripes!
Unfortunately, Seberg's life was rife with problems. She suffered through failed marriages, the death of an infant, being chased by the FBI (seriously), and an addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. She killed herself in 1979, at the age of 40, leaving behind a note that read, "Forgive me, I can no longer live with my nerves." I wish she were still around...it would be nice to know where her career would have gone, and how her style would have changed. For now, I will just have to honor her influence with this silly blog.