Art Deco glamour – Norma Shearer

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  1. Heather in Arles
    October 25, 2013

    Loved everything about this. The smoldering gaze, the gown, the (not lit) fireplace, the metallic flowers…see? This is such a prime example of why I am so grateful to have found my way here.

    • October 25, 2013

      The drape of that dress is like oil over her body, wonder what it’s made of? Metal flowers, fabulous, glinting and sharp edged.

  2. October 25, 2013

    Dearest V
    Now that is the epitome of what I would term ‘statuesque glamour’.
    Can’t someone make an award out of her, “a Moira”?
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • October 25, 2013

      That should have course have read ‘A Norma’… Moira Shearer was someone quite entirely different… it must be those red shoes taking hold of my senses again!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • October 25, 2013

        Oh! That movie! I remember the first time I saw it I got so angry when she danced off the balcony. As they say in Chicago, “What’s up with that?!”

      • October 25, 2013

        Dearest V
        Hardly an auspicious ending. But a brilliant film all the same. I am a big fan of Powell and Pressburger, ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ is probably my favourite of theirs… and you Americans are so mean to us in that!
        Your ever
        The Perfumed Dandy
        PS Yes, you were in Promotions (not eve ‘Social’ I’m afraid to say, but that has been rectified and my late reply sent)

      • October 26, 2013

        Love the opening of that film, A Matter of Life and Death, so romantic… My favorite Powell and Pressburger film is the one with Wendy Hiller, I Know Where I’m Going. Lovely email received and response wending your way this afternoon. xox!
        http://youtu.be/yNomqxjRYlw

  3. October 25, 2013

    Hubba hubba!

    • October 26, 2013

      She’s the bee’s knees!

  4. October 26, 2013

    She is the smouldering fire in the fireplace 😉

    • October 26, 2013

      She was a smouldering fire, driven and ambitious, you pegged it!

  5. October 26, 2013

    What an amazing picture.

    • October 27, 2013

      Especially notable as many in Hollywood (including D.W. Griffith) said she’d never make it in pictures.

  6. October 26, 2013

    we ADORE Norma.

    so smart, sassy and yet elegantly stream-lined too.

    and very well-married 😉

    • October 27, 2013

      And, the second time I believe to a ski instructor from Sun Valley…

  7. October 30, 2013

    Just a sigh at loveliness.

  8. October 30, 2013

    Vicke,I love A Matter of Life and Death.I was lucky and once again due to the generosity of British papers secured a copy given away in a paper and bought by me for a donation of twenty pence UK money in a chatity shop{Goodwill Store}

    I find it a very moving film and usually go blub blub at the opening sequence as although stagey it always reminds me that The War had only finished a year before at tremendous cost to both sides and that real men had gone down in planes in order that Britain not surrender to the jackboot.For audieces seeing at the time it must have had tremendous resonance.

    Marius Goring is also in it.He once played one of my favourite literary characters,The Scarlet Pimpernel,on 50s UK television.They are available in black and white on You Tube.

  9. October 30, 2013

    Why do I insist on losing the i in your name.Perhaps you could be pronounced in a similiar fashion to a well known brand of footwear.

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