Magazine article Newsweek

Isabella Rossellini

Magazine article Newsweek

Isabella Rossellini

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Byline: Ramin Setoodeh

What turns Isabella Rossellini on? Sex--specifically animal sex. Green Porno, her series of short movies about the sex lives of animals, is featured on the Sundance Channel and has now been adapted into a book. She spoke to Ramin Setoodeh.

Do you have any pets?

I have chickens and oysters, and I raise dogs for the blind. I have a 9-week-old baby Labrador. She has a little uniform, and I have a permit where I can take her everywhere. I have to mimic for her the life she'll have with the blind.

How did you get the idea to make these movies?

I did a surrealistic film about my father, Roberto Rossellini, where I play all sorts of directors--Fellini, Hitchcock--all discussing with my dad what is the essence of cinema. The Sundance Channel saw the film at a festival and bought it, and Robert Redford was trying to develop films for the Internet, and he thought short film would be the best format. …

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