Born Christa Päffgen in Colgne, Nico had initially worked as a model before appearing in small acting roles most notably in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. She studied with Lee Strasberg whilst living in New York and made this film in Paris in 1962 sometime around the time of her affair with Alain Delon.
|I'll be your mirror..|
But in terms of cool the Brits can’t hope to compete for, as well as Nico, this film also boast music and an appearance from Serge Gainsbourg… rather more impressive than Harry Webb.
|Serge Gainsbourg, Joe Turner and Nico|
She runs into an old friend Berthe (Dany Saval) who is well dressed and fed, living a comfortable life as, she reveals, a show girl called Dodo Delight… but of course. She invites Ariane to her workplace where she naturally turns the head of the club’s director, Paul (Darry Cowl).
|Darry, Dany and Nico watch...|
There are some great shots of the audience reaction and unlike Beat Girl’s seedy raincoat brigade, the club seems as full of women as men: more legitimate entertainment?
|Honey, Doll or possibly Rafa?|
|Bringing art to the part|
Ariane refuses to be sure of Jean and this of course, drives him even further on in his pursuit. Gradually she starts to trust enough to accept his love and those expensive expressions of his affections.
Spoilers… Jean things he’s been rather smart but, of course, Ariane is far from impressed and he is devastated when she exacts the most appropriate revenge ion the film’s best moment. It turns out that diamonds aren’t actually a girl’s best friend.
|Christa Päffgen aka Nico|
It stands and falls with Nico who performs pretty well her characteristic Germanic drawl cutting through the French dialogue as she moves gracefully through proceedings. She is, as ever, detached which fits perfectly with her character’s reluctance to commit. As in life, perhaps she felt there was another, better party to go to tomorrow?
The film is available on DVD from Amazons.