Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Silent Beauties

Silent film is near and dear to my heart. Here are some silent film stars:

Anita Page!

Another Anita Page


Miriam Seegar!


America's first sweetheart, Mary Pickford!


Viola Dana!


Have you seen Metropolis? This was inspired by the erotic sin dance, hehe:


A purple/grey girl, not a silent star.


Some of these are for sale:

19 comments:

damon said...

nice

Lester Hunt said...

Silent movies! Yes! Me too!

My favorite is Greta Garbo. I think her silent acting is probably even better than the acting she did in the talkies. (She eventually joined the cult of Garbo and became intimidatingly monumental.)

My favorite silent movie is probably Die Niebelungen, which is now available on DVD with the orchestral score that was originally composed for it.

Thanks for these -- nice post Kali!

Shawn Dickinson said...

I love the drawings AND the colors. All of these are beautiful!

Kassandra Heller said...

This is my first time visiting your blog and I'm super overwhelmed and impressed by the awesomeness of your blog! I love your style!

Patrick McMicheal said...

They all had such sad faces!!! These drawings are very beautiful and colorful! Thank You for sharing!

Kt Shy said...

Loooooovely :)The soft purpley tones are especially nice.

MrGoodson2 said...

I really like your Metropolis....(Marta Robot?) Funny. I like the electric bolts. She is an iconic fantasy image.

M. R Darbyshire said...

Brava!

RooniMan said...

They sure are beauties alright.

Zoran Taylor said...

These kinds of faces -both the drawings and those of the stars that inspired them- are timelessly appealing because they plug directly into the most tender, exciting spots of the male erotic imagination - they are either saying "You're the only one who understands me", or they are prying at your ego and trying to break it. Or else there are hints of one or the other or even both within their innumerable other subtleties. And it's not merely a matter of being "easy" or "hard to get" - when they admire you, you feel like you've earned it, and when they despise you you also feel like you've earned that, BUT this unpleasantness has that same HONESTY which makes it compelling and real.

Just kidding - I'm a guy, I don't know about this shit. Chicks are hot. Me grab boobs now. Ooguh Booguh.

Kali Fontecchio said...

Lester: I haven't seen Die Niebelungen, but now I want to!!!

Patrick: I think that sad eyebrow thing was definitely all the rage back then!

Zoran: Whoa! That was really insightful!

I will just add that the female role in film back then for the most part was also one that was often being attacked by an evil male aggressor, but then quickly saved by the more emotional daydreamer fellow. Actually, I think that archetype has been filmed and repeated ever since.

Kali Fontecchio said...

And thanks Damon, Shawn, Kassandra, KT, Ellis, Darby and Rooniman!

Jenny Lerew said...

Ah, I love Viola Dana! You know what I think of Pickford. Lovely portrait. They're all gorg. I love your caricatures.

You should get the book"Hollywood The Age of Innocence" which is full of the most fantastic pictures, all taken I think by one studio in the teens-20s, the Hartsook studio iirc.

I love the faces of Eleanor Boardman, Lillian Roth, Mabel Normand and Margery Wilson too.
Too many to cite!

Kali Fontecchio said...

Thanks Jenny!

Is that the book with Louise Brooks on the cover? If it is I used to check it all the time at Otis!

Nico said...

Awesome drawings. The Metropolis one is my favorite.

Calvin said...

Kali, your stuff is so cool!

Jorge Garrido said...

I'm colour blind, but to me it looks like you used muted colours in a way to make them look vintage... not quite black & white, but not piss-coloured sepia, either. Anyway, these are awesome!

Pedro Vargas said...

Lovin' all of these!! I like how women looked like in those silent movie days. You captured the feel of that time real well with these!

david gemmill said...

cool colors and lighting and profilez. booya!