Charlotte Rampling is a British actress who was an icon of the 1960s and known for her long career in many arthouse movies. She’s acted in a number of period films, these days often as the bitchy or complicated older woman. Let’s run down her frock flick-ography!
The Long Duel (1967)
Set in 1920s British India, when the arrest of an Indian tribal leader leads to an insurrection. Rampling plays “Jane.”
The Damned (1969)
Directed by famed Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti (The Leopard), focused on a wealthy German industrialist family who have begun doing business with the Nazi Party. Rampling plays Elizabeth Thalmann, who must be the wife or daughter of the family firm’s anti-Nazi vice president.
‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore (1971)
Based on the early 17th century play, a long-separated brother and sister are reunited with tragic consequences. Rampling plays said sister, Annabella.
Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)
The big budget feature film. Rampling plays Anne Boleyn, and quite well too, although all the wives could use more screen time.
A British TV adaptation of a Chekhov story, about a man who torments his governess. Rampling plays the title character, who must be the governess?
Giordano Bruno (1973)
A biopic about the Italian philosopher of the same name (1548-1600); Rampling plays “Fosca.”
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
A 1940s-set noir film about private detective Philip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum). Rampling plays the seductive married woman Marlowe gets a thing for.
Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976)
An American TV movie with Roger Moore as Sherlock; Rampling plays Irene Adler.
The Far Side of Paradise aka Foxtrot (1976)
Peter O’Toole and Rampling are a Romanian count/countess who escape Europe in 1939 for a private island paradise. According to Wikipedia, “The set is a full Art Deco interior under a tent on a deserted island, and the clothes (overseen by Jorge Ramirez) feature a seemingly endless supply of pristine white couture and custom tailoring.”
Hammers Over the Anvil (1993)
Set in 1900s small town Australia, a young boy crippled by polio grows up. Russell Crowe plays a horsebreak, and Rampling the Englishwoman who connects with him.
An Austro-German-French TV miniseries, with an overly-long synopsis on IMDB. Military, late 19th/early 20th century, blah blah, go read it yourself if you care. Rampling plays “Valerie von Taussig.”
La dernière fête (1996)
Rampling plays the real-life Marquise de Prie, who was a major player at the French court of Louis XV in the 1720s.
The Wings of the Dove (1997)
The fabulous 1910s-set adaptation of the Henry James novel. Rampling plays the bitchy aunt who expects her niece to marry well.
The Cherry Orchard (1999)
Chekhov, 1904, why do I know nothing about this play?
Great Expectations (1999)
As the famous Miss Havisham in this BBC TV miniseries adaptation of the Dickens novel.
Imperium: Augustus (2003)
A TV movie about the rise of Emperor Augustus (Octavian). Rampling plays his wife, Empress Livia.
A super shlocky attempt to adapt a novel about a writer. DO NOT ATTEMPT. Rampling plays “Hermione.”
The Duchess (2008)
As Countess Spencer, loving but bitchy mother who is full of expectations that her daughter, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, be conventional.
The Mill and the Cross (2011)
A film based on “The Procession to Calvary,” a 1564 painting by Bruegel, showing Christ carrying the cross surrounded by 500 figures.
The Little Stranger (2018)
Benedetta (coming soon)
About real-life 17th-century nun Benedetta Carlini, mystic and lesbian. Rampling plays the Abbess, natch.
What’s your favorite Charlotte Rampling frock flick role?