Monday, 9 March 2009

The Movies of Grace Jones

The music of Grace Jones has been in constant inclusion in many films through-out the past couple of decades right up until Pineapple Express, and before that films like 200 Cigarettes, Prêt-à-Porter and even an episode of "Beavis and Butt-Head" called for the songs of Grace to be adopted into their soundtrack. What about Grace Jones as actor? Okay, so I'm not aiming this post in the same way I might target Dennis Hopper or Ian Richardson. I'm a bit of a Grace Jones fan (I'm not really sure why), having quite a few of her records and compact discs also.

One allure is her sense of humor, which comes out in her lyrics and personality. There for instance is a song from her album "Living My Life" which is called The Apple Stretching, it's a remarkably sanguine song for Jones and there is a line which describes Grace walking down the street kicking cans ... that image I just find amusing. This Amazonian woman in some eccentric get-up dragging her heels and kicking crumpled soda cans along a New York sidewalk, it just feels surreal.

Her latest appearance in film was last year in Thomas Roth's Falco - Verdammt, wir leben noch! as a waitress and Abel Ferrara's Chelsea on the Rocks. Before that she appeared in Christopher Coppola's (Nicholas Cage's brother) Palmer's Pick Up as Ms Remo. That was way back in 1999. She did some television also. Most of the mainstream public would have seen her in A View To A Kill, Boomerang, and possibly Vamp. Back before those she was Zula in Conan the Destroyer. So a varied career to be sure. Hard to miss Ms Jones.

It doesn't appear she currently has any roles in pre-production. Grace Jones was in Oz this year for the Sydney Festival 2009 but I was too caught up around that time moving house to go and see her perform. I like performers like Grace Jones who bring something uncompromisingly eccentric to the world.

Here Grace Jones poses with her partner at the time Dolph Lundgren (Masters of the Universe).

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