L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Miss Rogers, facing the music - Ginger Rogers (and Fred Astaire), publicity for "Follow the Fleet", 1936


"Let's Face the Music and Dance", music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Gown by Bernard Newman. Set design by Carroll Clark under the direction of Van Nest Polglase.

The smiles are additional proof that these were staged images; there was decidedly no smiling in the sublimely poignant "Let's Face the Music and Dance."

The final eleven images are screen shots from the actual film.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Le plus élégant quatuor des saisons - the "Four Seasons" by George Barbier, 1925


And while we're at it, why not another Barbier group of four... et voilà, Les Quatre éléments... also from 1925.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

In and out of the shadows - Joan Crawford and Conrad Veidt in "A Woman's Face", 1941


"A Woman's Face" is really rather a silly film. It can't decide what it wants to be. And there are unfortunate shifts in tone; told in flash-backs, the gritty - MGM's idea of gritty, anyway - melodramatics are frequently interrupted by jarring moments of flat-footed comedy. It's too bad, because the photography is often quite beautiful and there are moments of brilliance, mostly whenever Conrad Veidt is on screen. His Torsten Barring is first fascinated, even aroused, by Crawford's character's scarred face, disfigured soul, recognizing in the professional blackmailer a kindred spirit; “We are both proud, both wretched.” And later, her Anna Holm, face miraculously restored, once having longed for him, is now trapped by his will, unable to extricate herself from his evil plans. Their scenes together are fairly electric.