Sunday, October 18, 2009
All my old obsessions returning to me of a sudden. Wedged into a pile of true-crime books at a thrift store, I finally found Christiane F., the original book (later filmed) about her junkie-baby-prostitute life in late-70s West Berlin.
As hard as the movie can be to watch, the book is even more dense, immediate, and rough. I read it when I was 13 and it strongly affected me...it's virtually impossible to find now, long out of print, and battered copies go for $60+ on ebay. Not this one!
N.B.: If you're up for it, the entire movie has been posted to Youtube, starting here. So far, it's unavailable in North American NTSC format.