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PopMatters Interview - The Lady in Blue: Patricia Clarkson Romances Cairo


Patricia Clarkson first captured my attention in 1998’s High Art, a romantic, harrowing film about a privileged, druggy lesbian artist subculture, directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right). As expat actress Greta, the lover of the troubled photographer Lucy (brilliantly played by Ally Sheedy), the actress stole every single scene she was in playing a heroin-addled former member of Fassbinder’s storied troupe. Living in New York like a ghost who dreams of reclaiming her long-abandoned career, while stuck in a dying relationship with Lucy, Clarkson gives a performance that is boldly modern while referencing classic German cinema in an adroit, humorous way that manages to be both haunted and haunting. I left the theater wanting to know more about Greta.

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