It’s a Reality: Amanda Knox, Movie Star


The video above was Amanda Knox’s first unwitting foray into acting onscreen for a large audience, as she tried to convince a friend and some cute guys that she was drunk after just one and a half shots of some sort of liquor. The video came to light after Knox was arrested along with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and an Ivory Coast native named Rudy Hermann Guede and charged with the murder of Knox’s flatmate during her year of study in Perugia, Italy, Meredith Kercher. Kercher was found dead in early November, 2007, and Italian prosecutors have focused on Knox, Sollecito and Guede ever since, insisting that Kercher’s death was the result of some sort of sex play gone awry.

Now the London Times is reporting that an Italian filmmaker has used Amanda Knox’s pretty face for an experimental film about prisoners daydreaming of freedom. From the Times:

The film, entitled The Last City (L’Ultima Citta) features 12
women inmates at Capanne prison just outside Perugia, where Ms Knox has been
held since Ms Kercher was killed in November last year.
[…] Claudio Carini, the former theatre actor who directed the movie, said he had
shot ten hours of film which had been cut in the final version to 55
minutes. It was made on a budget of €10-15,000, and filmed entirely in the

The film apparently begins with close shot of Knox’s “striking blue eyes,” before the shot widens to show Knox gazing “wordlessly” into the camera. According to filmmaker Claudio Carini, the film then tells of an “imaginary journey” for the the 12 women prisoners in which they visit both the real world and the worlds of their dreams.

Amanda Knox recites a Shakespeare soliloquy in the film and verses by Arthur Rimbaud, Fernando Pessoa and Pedro Calderon de la Barca. Knox reportedly told other prisoners that she had a “beautiful experience” making the movie.

The Last City‘s release in Perugia has been delayed in order to avoid another round of publicity like the publicity surrounding the murder of Meredith Kercher.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito (her lover at the time of Kercher’s murder) were supposed to go to trial this month but procedural snags postponed the trial date to January 16. Rudy Hermann Guede is already serving a 30-year sentence for his part in the Kercher murder after a “fast track” trial in October.

We won’t know if Knox is a murderer (in the eyes of the Italian judiciary, anyway — many Americans believe she’s being railroaded) until early 2009, but one thing already seems clear — the camera loves her, and she loves being the center of attention. In the end, this may be her downfall. It may also be the true beginning of a bizarre sort of long-lasting celebrity for Knox. No matter the outcome of Knox’s trial in January, it will be a career born in blood and the Kercher family’s tragedy. []