beautiful old movie actresses-actual beauty or something else (picture)
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When watching the old black and white movies and seeing the actresses who look so beautiful, I wondered why we don't have such beautiful actresses today. But were they really more beautiful than actresses of today or was it something else? One thing I noticed was their flawless skin. Was it really flawless or was that a product of low resolution film compared to today's high resolution film? Lower quality film wouldn't show small imperfections like small wrinkles or other minor problems. Then there's that glow. Was that glow a product of the film, lighting, or a combination of both? Something else to consider is the air of confidence and safistication in the way they moved and held their head up high. Very few of today's actresses could come close to such airs. It's as if many of those actresses received "finishing school" training. Perhaps away from the camera they were just as wild as today's actresses. But on camera they were all class.
I did this photomontage because I can never understand why some celebrities stars are referred to as beautiful nowadays when they clearly are not! I call this image "True Beauty".
Another vote among many for the stunning Ava Gardner. She did not age well due to too much smoking, drinking, and hard life, but in her early career she was an absolute knockout that none of todays modern actresses can equal. In a 1948 black and white so so comedy called "One Touch of Venus", she was aptly cast as the goddess Venus.
It is a real shame, but I think old movie actresses did have more style, elegance and grace in the way they projected themselves on camera or out in public.
Society was different back then. Public images were closely controlled by studios. In the private spaces hollywood personalities were just as rotten as the rest of us have always been. And it's hollywood that's helped to destroy those curtains they hid behind making us appear more permissive these days.
As far as skin beauty... women weren't as exposed to the elements then as they are now. There was a time a well tanned woman would have been slandered as something less acceptible.
I've always been partial to Audrey Hepburn and Donna Reed myself. I think that actresses of yeasteryear seem to a posses a different sort of beauty because of the times - the way they dressed, made themselves up and the way in which they carried themselves, it was just pure, natural feminine beauty. Some much prettier and sexier than most of todays actresses, on screen anyways.
Originally Posted by WillysB
...until the screens got small.
Originally Posted by Lakewooder
No, it's the pictures that got small!
You're right... It felt like something wasn't right but just couldn't think of it. But then, I rarely get to the big screen, mostly just see movies when they get to my 27"... and that is a small screen.
Dovetailing with this discussion there's a scene where the 'beauty experts' take a magnifying glass (the ultimate 'close-up') to Miss Swanson errr Desmond.
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