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Isabella on the phone

Posted at 1:59 PM on November 2, 2006 by Euan Kerr

"I'll just go get Isabella on the line," the publicist said.

Technology is amazing. A few button presses and suddenly I am talking with a film star. I'm not sure where she was, but there did seem to be a lot of airplanes overhead. Sometimes it's good to wonder at these things.

I was chatting with Isabella Rossellini this morning in preparation for her appearance at the Walker this weekend for the sold out Regis Dialog which launches a two week retrospective of her work.

The event is pegged both to the 20th anniversary of the release of "Blue Velvet" and to this years release of the short film tribute she scripted to her father Roberto Rossellini called "My Dad is 100 years old."

She talked about the family atmosphere on the set of "Blue Velvet," which the actors thought of as a small indie film film which would probably not make a splash. She says she is still in regular contact with David Lynch, and her co-stars Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan.

When Lynch told her the film was a hit she says she didn't believe him, so he took her to dinner at a Times Square restaurant where they could sit and watch the line for "Blue Velvet" growing outside the theater across the street.

When I asked her what ambitions she has at this point in her career, she laughed out loud. She said she didn't really think she had a career, and she was not sure she had any ambitions.

She has another script, somewhat in the style of "My Dad is..." she says. But she says now she's scrambling to find funding, just like everyone else who wants to make a film.

We'll air the interview tomorrow on a local segment of "All Things Considered."

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