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Straight From Europe: The Next Great Hollywood Beauty

Posted August 24, 2010 to photo album "Straight From Europe: The Next Great Hollywood Beauty"

Anton Corbijn’s The American will give Americans the chance to discover two European actress: Italy’s Violante Placido and Dutch actress Thekla Reuten. They are only the latest in string of European discoveries.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Greta Garbo - The Swedish Goddess
Slide 3: Alla Nazimova - The Passionate Russian
Slide 4: Marlene Dietrich - The Tough German
Slide 5: Ingrid Bergman - The Natural Swede
Slide 6: Alida Valli - The Italian
Slide 7: Sophia Loren - The Italian Scandal
Slide 8: Catherine Deneuve - The Cool French Beauty
Slide 9: Penelope Cruz - The Dark Iberian Vision
Slide 10: Audrey Tatou - The Fresh French Face
Slide 11: Monica Bellucci - The Exotic Italian
Slide 12: Thekla Reuten & Violante Placido - The New Wave
Slide 12: Thekla Reuten & Violante Placido - The New Wave

Slide 12: Thekla Reuten & Violante Placido - The New Wave

Like the legends who have come before them, two actresses from The American, Thekla Reuten and Violante Placido, could easily become the next great international stars. Born in the Netherlands, Thekla Reuten (who plays the “client” Mathilde in The American) has already made her presence known in a number of international productions. From the her breakthrough Dutch film De tweeling to appearing in such English-language features as Highlander: The Source and Focus Features’ own In Bruges, Reuten has been all over the globe. And it doesn’t hurt that she speaks five languages. Violante Placido (who plays Jack’s love interest, Clara, in The American) is a multitalented phenomenon in Italy. She was born in Rome into an entertainment family; her father Michele Placido is a well-known director and actor and her mother Simonetta Stefanelli is an actress who has been cast in a number of well-known Italian films and television shows. In addition to appearing in both film and television, Placido released her first album Don’t Be Shy (under the name Viola) in 2007.