Today is the 52nd birthday of Dutch actress Maruschka Detmers, who moved to France as a teenager and promptly drew the attention of director Jean-Luc Godard, who cast her in his 1983 film Prénom Carmen:
She continued to work for many years. In 1995, she starred opposite Dolph Lundgren in The Shooter:
Most recently, in 2010, she appeared in a television remake of that first Godard film, titled First Name: Carmen.
She is arguably best known, however, for her role in Marco Bellocchio’s 1986 film Il diavolo in corpo — Devil in the Flesh — as a disaffected twentysomething woman, bored with her terrorist fiancé, who takes up with a high-school student who spotted her outside his window. In the film’s most infamous scene, the kid is discoursing about Lenin’s return to St. Petersburg or some such nonsense; she is unable to respond verbally, as she is, um, otherwise occupied.