the art of cinema - christiane f.

The art of cinema no.7

Christiane F.

Based on a true story, Christiane F. follows a teenage girl in 1970s Berlin and her introduction to the drug scene. I found it quite hard to watch at times, but it is a powerful story brilliantly acted by Natja Brunckhorst, and while confronting, also has unique cinematic style.
There is a guest appearance by David Bowie (he also contributed heavily to the soundtrack) and Christiane's wardrobe is done very well, just two of the factors that made this 1981 film a cult favourite. I love the simplicity of her looks early in the film - white shirt, red nails and vest, or a satin bomber jacket worn with skinny jeans. Definitely one to see.

Poster and screencaps from Christiane F. via here