Stefania Casini: A NSFW Tribute to the Physical Model for My Lulu (Updated)
Note: My version of LULU (Book 1 of it) now available! More on that here with links to buy it.
If you've seen Blood For Dracula, 1900, Suspiria, or Belly of an Architect (all magnificent films I am very fond of), you've seen this frighteningly beautiful actress before. She's one of those people that keeps 70s films worth watching.
She's also one of my main models for Lulu.
(Update: and to my great delight, is pretty happy about that) And would have been a great one had they done a film of it that decade:
she had this odd quality of projecting perversion and innocence equally
well depending on the film. Sometimes simultaneously, as in Bertolucci's 1900. (see below)
And looking at her always makes me sigh. I'm surprised she's not better-known.
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Above: From the very funny Blood for Dracula, in which she plays one of two sisters that make Dracula(here played hilariously by Udo Kier, who seems to have invented both Kraftwerk and Peter Murphy's looks in this film) horribly ill. He had come to Italy looking for "wirgin" blood. They lie about their purity. Hijinks ensue. (essentially, the whole film is built around a dirty joke) Not to mention lots of bloody retching. Which, of course, Udo makes somehow classy.
Above: from Bertolucci's 1900, with DeNiro & Depardieu, in which she plays a young, impoverished prostitute who has an epileptic attack(because DeNiro gives her wine, against her wishes) at a most inconvenient time. And yes, she does have those in her hands above, onscreen. One of the rare movies in which it's not just the women who have to strip all the way.
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