WesFavorite vintage movie: Dr. Strangelove
HazelFavorite Vintage Movie: Roman Holiday
JessicaFavorite Vintage Movie: Some Like It Hot, I'm obsessed with Ms. Monroe! (Available for rent on YouTube, iTunes, and Amazon Prime)
Jumping across the pond, I am a great fan of the British film makers Powell and Pressburger. Their heyday was in the forties. One of my favorites (maybe my most favorite!) is “I Know Where I’m Going!” (1945). Wendy Hiller sparkles and shines as a stylish young woman on her way to be married to a wealthy man only to be waylaid by a storm and the dashing Roger Livesey. Superb black & white photography by Edward Hillier captures both 1940s glamour and the moody and mystical atmosphere of the Hebrides.
“A Matter of Life and Death” (1946) stars the charming David Niven as a British pilot who falls in love with an American radio operator played by the all-American Kim Hunter (is that Victory Red lipstick that she is wearing?). With both black & white and technicolor photography, it was the very first Royal Film Performance which took place after the War ended.
Portraying nuns, the actresses wear no makeup except in the notorious ‘lipstick scene’ (hmm, American Beauty lipstick?) in “Black Narcissus” (1947). Kathleen Byron spirals into madness after she confronts Deborah Kerr. Gorgeous technicolor photography by Jack Cardiff and design by Alfred Junge, most of the breathtaking Himalayan scenery was created in the studio: pure magic!
“The Red Shoes” (1948) stars Moira Shearer as the prima ballerina caught between her conductor husband and her director. The Hans Christian Andersen tale overtakes the ballerina as she dances out of control (wearing Red Velvet lipstick?).
I watch “Gone With The Wind” every year. Filmed in 1938, it’s 4 hours of big, opulent, stirring romance and drama set in the era of the US Civil WarSome of it is dated, still, it does what only a Hollywood movie can do, tell a big story in a big way about characters you care about very much.
The book, by Margaret Mitchell of Atlanta, is ideal for this self isolating era. A first novel, it clicks in at 1472 pages of a enchantment.
Question: What do Besame mavens think of the 💄 makeup, hairstylings and costumes for stars Vivian Leigh, Olivia de Havilland and rest of the cast? The soundtrack is thrilling and evocative. Enjoy!!
Just watched 2 old film noir movies: Laura with the beautiful Gene Tierney and The Conspirators with the incredible Hedy Lamar (beauty and brains; thank her for your cell phone).
Would love to know the lipstick colors they wore and if Besame has similar.
Love your lipsticks!