Anna Karina was one of the iconic faces of French cinema in the 1960s, with a stunning allure that appealed to both haughty intellectuals and mod fashionistas while exuding a playful charm and free-spirited humor that placed her in direct contrast to more serious-minded idols like Brigitte Bardot. She's best known for starring in abstract/poetic Marxist philosophical romps like Alphaville and Pierrot le fou, directed by her then-husband, Jean-Luc Godard, but the Danish actress reveled more fully in her musical side in Pierre Koralnik's outré 1967 Anna. Rarely seen domestically, the trippy made-for-TV musical comedy is a whirlwind of colorful fashion, pop art sexiness and space-age surrealism, with music by Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier and guest visitations by Gainsbourg and Marianne Faithfull. The 87-minute film is paired tonight with vintage work by the '60s French video pioneer Jean-Cristophe Averty, including footage from his 1970 Salvador Dalí documentary, as part of the France Goes Pop festival.
Fri., Aug. 19, 8 p.m., 2011