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The Look (2011)



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A biographical study of legendary actress Charlotte Rampling, told through her own conversations with artist friends and collaborators, including Peter Lindbergh, Paul Auster, and Juergen Teller. Intercut with footage from some of Rampling's most famous films, this "self-portrait through others" is a revealing look at one of our most iconic screen stars. -- (C) Kino Lorbermore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Angelina Maccarone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 10, 2012
Box Office: $19.8k
Kino Lorber - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Look

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11)

Early inertia gives way to a revealing and enthralling portrait of the actress.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Her chattiness here is unexpected and disarming, and if the film's overindulgent, it puts you in a forgiving mood. How often do we get to hear a lioness speak?

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A unique documentary portrait of one of cinema's most quietly enduring talents.

Full Review… | December 15, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Charlotte Rampling: The Look" emerges as a free-floating, intriguing portrait of the artist as a 60-something woman, filled with quotable tidbits.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

How can you not admire an actress who'd share top billing with a simian?

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
New York Post
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Ms. Rampling is presented as an endlessly watchable mystery, an aloof but affable sphinx. But we knew that already.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Look


So while there are certainly worse ways to spend one's time than listening to Charlotte Rampling talk about her obsessions and her past movie roles(the clips being split between two ages, young and mature), it is sad to report "The Look," a documentary self-portrait, contains much more rambling than any actual insights, as she reports humbly that she was only originally cast in movies due to her beauty. Of course, considering the length of her career, talent must have and did have something to do with it, plus the way she chooses roles, aiming for the controversial ones.(Indirectly, this makes a case for actors being responsible for the movies they appear in.) One of the most is "The Night Porter" which this documentary finally answers my question as to what were they thinking, with it being an early film about the Holocaust, long before it had been commodified. And as far as "The Verdict" goes, I think Rampling was cast so David Mamet would have someone to work his unpleasant issues about women on.

Walter M.

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