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“If Nastassja breaks through—and it’s my feeling she will—as an American star, she’ll be the first European, non-English-speaking actress [to do so] since Ingrid Bergman.” That was Paul Schrader, speaking in 1982, and the actress to whom he’s referring now stands as one of the most elusive and fascinating figures in modern cinema. Nastassja Kinski was barely over 20 when she starred in Schrader’s Cat People, but she was already six years into a remarkable career spent bouncing back and forth between Europe and the United States and working with some of the world’s premiere filmmakers.

Kinski’s greatest strength as an actor might be her gift for suggesting areas of her inner life that audiences could never access. Few screen performers are capable of making themselves at once so undeniably, physically present on-screen and yet so mysteriously withdrawn. It was a tension that Kinski mastered early on, and it produced—in Francis Ford Coppola’s One from the Heart, Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas, and Roman Polanski’s Tess, among others—some of the most indelible screen performances of the 1980s and beyond.

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