web analytics

Archive for March, 2010

Getting A Bang Out Of Dorothy Sebastian

By , 26 March, 2010, No Comment

I must watch too many film noirs and assorted crime dramas, because I swore there was a gun in her hand!

Dorothy Sebastian

Dorothy Sebastian

I bet many folks don’t even see Dorothy Sebastian‘s hand; they get lost in admiring her — and her lingerie. So, gun or no gun, we get a bang out of Sebastian. *wink*

Photo via an auction for Dorothy Sebastian negative by Ruth Harriet Louise.

Vintage Film High-Five Friday

By , 26 March, 2010, No Comment

This week’s High-Five Friday links are all about vintage films:

1. Film Sufi writes about Arthur Robison’s Warning Shadows (Schatten – eine Nächtliche Halluzination, 1923).

2. At Allure, actress Anna Sten.

3. Slip gushes about Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966).

4. A general shout-out to the Pre Code Film Community at LJ, where I spend hours several times a month.

5. And, because I really don’t cover horror films and fans of same might feel neglected, check out The Gorgon (1964) at Ferdy On Films.

Modern Photographer’s Silent Film Homage

By , 26 March, 2010, 2 Comments

I just adore these photos by Eugenio Recuenco; they capture the essence of silent film as well as inspire more modern wearable fashion interpretations!

Eugenio Recuenco Photo

Eugenio Recuenco Photo

Silent Film Glamour

Silent Film Glamour

Silent Film Fashion Homage By Eugenio Recuenco

Silent Film Fashion Homage By Eugenio Recuenco

Silver Screen Beauty

Silver Screen Beauty

Classic Silent Film Drama Scene

Classic Silent Film Drama Scene

Vintage-Style Photo By Eugenio Recuenco

Vintage-Style Photo By Eugenio Recuenco

Fin - The End

Fin - The End

Photographer found via.

Mocking Modern Movies

By , 17 March, 2010, 2 Comments

Via Richard Jeffrey Newman I found this great video that mocks just about every convention that has been used in dramatic modern movies:

Specific outline of your major character flaws!

Over reaction!

Having not seen many of the most recent film releases, I can at least attest to the fact this sounds like most of the film trailers I’ve seen recently. *wink*

I wonder why my friends at LAMB have to say to this?

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With Vintage Shoes (And Other Vintage Fashions & Accessories)

By , 17 March, 2010, 4 Comments

To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and this thrifty fashion lovin’ girl’s concern for her budget along with the planet, I present this, my “ultimate green post.”

As reported at Things Your Grandmother Knew, eBay’s latest ad campaign includes promoting the eBay Green Team by pointing out how environmentally kind and ethical wearing previously owned clothing is: The greenest product is the one that already exists. And that certainly includes vintage fashions and accessories!

In the ad in the April issue of Marie Claire, eBay shares the following facts:

Choosing new-to-you leather shoes saves more energy than an average household uses in a day.

Buying a pre-loved silk dress saves 95% of the CO2 needed to make a new one.

Choosing a previously owned leather clutch saves as much energy as not watching TV for 3 days straight.

"The Greenest Product" eBay Ad

"The Greenest Product" eBay Ad

The facts may be new, but the principal probably isn’t news to vintage fashion lovers. The question is, do you think this will change buying habits?

This Week’s OMG Fashion Pick

By , 12 March, 2010, No Comment

This mod mini in grey wool is everything to love about the 60’s and yet completely wearable today. The only bad thing about it (aside from the normal problems of finding vintage in your size) is that it’s likely to be a workplace distraction — heck, this dress is so fab, it will garner attention wherever you wear it!

Retro Grey Wool Mini-Dress

Retro Grey Wool Mini-Dress

Blue Suede Coffee?

By , 12 March, 2010, No Comment

Foxy, brown Coffy Pam Grier in blue suede is a shopping inspiration.

Pam Grier Wearing Blue Suede

Pam Grier Wearing Blue Suede

Get the look with this blue sueded velour dress by Malouf of Dallas from the 70’s.

REtro Faux Suede Velour Dress By Malouf Of Dallas

REtro Faux Suede Velour Dress By Malouf Of Dallas

Stunning 1970’s blue suede jacket with shearling collar and cuffs.

Vintage Blue Suede Jacket With Shearling Trim

Vintage Blue Suede Jacket With Shearling Trim

Retro riviteded blue suede go-go boots with star power!

Vintage Blue Suede Go-Go Boots With Riveted Stars

Vintage Blue Suede Go-Go Boots With Riveted Stars

Classic, Timeless Glamour On Sale

By , 11 March, 2010, No Comment

Via my Shop It To Me Sale Mail, news that this Valentino silk-blend dress is 75% off. Not only is it a classic little black dress, but it’s damn-near timeless with the three-quarter length sleeves of sheer chiffon sleeves (with tapered buttoned cuffs) and V-neck with a layered chiffon ruffle collar.

Classic Little Black Valentino Dress

Classic Little Black Valentino Dress

Racism In Vintage Films: It’s Not A Simple Black & White Matter

By , 5 March, 2010, 9 Comments

Cliff talks about Handling the Subject of Racism as a Classic Film Blogger — and there’s lots of interesting discussion in the comments too, including mention of a post about the film I reviewed, The Toy Wife.

I agree that too many vintage films are underappreciated — if they’re seen at all. Which is partly why I didn’t mention my queasiness about several scenes with slaves in The Toy Wife. But that wasn’t the only reason…

Along with struggling with how to balance presenting the issues of racism in films of the past, of not wanting to let the known facts of past ruin a film for potential viewers, I struggle with being a white woman discussing it. It’s one thing for me to point out gender issues (I am one, and can honestly react as one), but when it comes to racism I flounder.

It’s not simply a matter of white guilt, or of defensiveness, or even of committing a sin of omission that a person of color can call me out on; it’s about how to honestly portray my horror without co-opting the issue, of committing some sin of insensitivity… If that makes sense. (I bet that does make sense to at least a few other white folks though.)

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt

But, like all the discussion points at Cliff’s post, we shouldn’t just ignore mentioning the subject any more than others should let being told about racist depictions in films sway themselves from watching old films; it’s avoiding the past.

Because of that, I don’t think we should sanitize the racism from vintage films (and animated works), editing out the scenes with mammy’s like cigarettes from Bogart’s hand. Racism is shameful, but like our past obsession with smoking, we can’t deny it simply by giving it the old whitewash — for whatever reason. We have to remember our past honestly, even if it’s painful.

But these are my views… My questions for you, dear readers, are:

* How does racism in film affect your viewing? Do you stop watching &/or avoid films because it’s so uncomfortable? Do you just write it off as “unfortunately, that the way things were…”?

* Do you find the racism so uncomfortable in vintage movies that you wish it was edited out of the film — or that there were edited versions available?

* If you review or blog about movies, do you mention the racism? Why or why not? And if you do, how do you do it?