Cinema: Girl from a Private World

Not even the Brothers Grimm would have dared to write a fairy tale about a girl who started at the top and stayed there. But that is the story of Marisa Berenson, 28, the suffering heroine of Barry Lyndon. The French fashion magazine Elle once called Marisa "the most beautiful girl in the world." That is not precisely accurate (both the mouth and nose are a trifle too large), but it conveys the right idea.

Marisa's father was the late Robert L. Berenson, a proper Bostonian and career diplomat. Her granduncle was the art historian...

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