Theda Bara photographed for Cleopatra, 1917
This is a really weird coincidence - two hours ago when I saw something about Esther Williams on my Dashboard for some reason I didn’t seem to be sure anymore whether she has already died some time ago, so I checked IMDb and Wikipedia to see whether I forgot about her death - I was glad to see that she was listed as alive, and now only two hours later those news.
Film Noir (from the French meaning Black Film) is a genre of cinema that emerged during the early 1940s and continued until the late 1950s. It is characterised by it’s distintive stylisation of cinematography and it’s focus on crime, mystery and sex. Taking many cues from early German expressionism, Film Noir offered an immersive thematic experience that was very different to that of other contemporary melodramas. Several techniques and plot devices came to define the genre, including voiceovers, the inventive use of light and shadow, the protagonist’s need to seek out some truth, and the famed ‘femme fatale’ figure.
Happy Birthday, Irving Thalberg!
Gloria Swanson in “Her Gilded Cage” (1922)
Tyrone Power, 1940’s