why i fell in love with the verdict: charlotte rampling

i watched the movie with my mother as a child, and it’s a good one albeit cliched, but i think the real reason i’ve watched it so many times over the years has much less to do with paul newman than it does with charlotte rampling.  in the movie she is cold, elegant, with a voice that is so singular and a dry sex appeal that’s so subtle and understated…in the 80s world where all was excess she could not have been more exotic.  it’s a pretty conservative role for her and over the years i have followed her interesting career but it is that first memory of how impossibly chic she was in that film that has always stuck with me.  artwork_images_119012_268814_helmut-newton

photo by helmut newton

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