Tuesday, October 2, 2007
"Cass was the most beautiful girl in town. 1/2 Indian with a supple and strange body, a snake-like and fiery body with eyes to go with it. Cass was fluid moving fire. She was like a spirit stuck into a form that would not hold her. Her hair was black and long and silken and whirled about as did her body. Her spirit was either very high or very low. There was no in between for Cass. Some said she was crazy. The dull ones said that. The dull ones would never understand Cass."
Has there ever been anyone as beautiful as Ornella Muti? So striking she is almost alien, and with a searing intensity that is almost terrifying. Ornella haunts my dreams to this day and she is one of the few people who have inhabited planet earth that I really couldn't imagine being in the same room with, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Alain Delon, Klaus and Nastassja Kinski are the others that come to mind.
I should write a long post celebrating Ornella Muti the actress, as she is clearly one of the most talented on the planet. One glance at her filmography, especially her films with Marco Ferreri, will tell you this. However, I am exhausted today and a bit glum so I just wanted to celebrate in a few short lines the extraordinary beauty of this woman.
I am not sure who exactly Charles Bukowski had in mind when he wrote the above lines but Marco Ferreri showed his genius when he cast Ornella as Cass in his TALES OF ORDINARY MADNESS. It is a great work and like Ben Gazzara's drunken and lonely poet in the film, Ornella Muti breaks my heart every time I watch it....
So Ciao Bella...occasionally God gets everything right.
For more information on Ornella may I recommend her official website which I will link to the right. For those who haven't seen her work with Marco Ferreri I highly recommend tracking them down by any means necessary. The handful of films they made together represent one of the great, if brief, partnerships in modern cinema.