Vickie Lester’s greatest hits — GARY COOPER – STYLE

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  1. March 8, 2013

    Great image, great picture of a great natural actor. My favourite ‘Coop’ story has to do with his first film. The director was beside himself, because as he watched Cooper in front of the camera, he hated what he was doing. Or rather, not doing. “The son-of-a-bitch isn’t doing anything! I’m going to replace him [sic]” Then he watched the days rushes and could not believe he was watching the same actor. Cooper just instinctively knew what worked on camera. One of my fave stories of the man and the actor. 😀

    • March 8, 2013

      I think that’s an excellent point, he acted for the camera, and you can see it all in his eyes. Here’s an odd parallel – but I think Keanu Reeves has something of the same contained style.

      • March 8, 2013

        Interesting observation. I have seen quite a few of his films and will now have to watch him a bit more closely! 😀

  2. March 8, 2013

    What a shot. What a subject–he is the stuff writers of romance take and run away with to create dreams for the rest of us.

    • March 8, 2013

      He was a very interesting man and a really devoted father. Personally, I love that he worked so closely with several architects to build his homes, he really had a pervasive sense of style.

  3. March 8, 2013

    What a beautiful man he was….
    Thanks for this, V.

    • March 8, 2013

      It’s an astonishingly beautiful photograph and it has that soft focus look of the times, it kind of reminds me of the work of Imogen Cunningham… I hope I’m remembering her name correctly.

      • Heather in Arles
        December 7, 2013

        You are and it does!

  4. March 8, 2013

    What a gorgeous image! Those eyes!

    • March 8, 2013

      I have a friend who was so mesmerized by him she’s named every pet she’s had Coop!

      • March 29, 2013

        I have a dog named after Gary Cooper. He’s an English Springer Spaniel, who was named by the breeder, but we liked it. He is quite handsome but not the brave guy his namesake was. Our Coops is a confirmed coward!

        Love the picture! Thanks for stopping by my place!

      • March 29, 2013

        Springer Spaniels are so handsome – cowardly – let’s just say he’s cautious! In a debonair way 😉

      • March 29, 2013

        He’s actually more of a doofus. Debonair doesn’t fit him at all.

        I’ve signed up to follow your blog — I love old movies and movie stars. Can’t keep the new ones straight, though.

      • March 29, 2013

        Ah yes, I know I’m getting old when I see the magazine covers in the check out line at the market and don’t have a clue who anyone is — but they all look adorable and twelve.

      • March 29, 2013

        They are all adorable and 12. Sigh.

  5. March 8, 2013

    Dearest V
    So good to see you!!
    And might I say what gentleman wouldn’t turn pirate for Far Wray or indeed your beautiful self!!
    The Dandy adores the smudged lens school of photography evident here… today the whole of London, be misted by a tissue of soft rain is in soft focus.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  6. March 8, 2013

    “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…” Wait, that’s autumn! I have to see if I can find one of my favorite photos by Cunningham: white linens crumpled on an unmade bed with one (or a few?) tortoiseshell hairpins tossed on top. Hope you’re settling in for a cozy evening in your bijou apartment.

  7. March 8, 2013

    Oh my. Just when I’m about to curl in front of the telly, nurse a teapot and do some knitting (or so I’ll have my enemies believe…) you emerge with photographic evidence of the existence of God. Life will never be the same again!

    Oh Vickie, my sister from another mister. I do love thee.


    • March 8, 2013

      Ah, a pot of tea may be just the ticket – I am counting the cups of fluid I consume trying to hit the 64 ounce target recommended by the jolly doc – actually he’s kind of a quiet and very thoughtful doc – but 64 ounces is making my eyes swim!

      Good night, sister woman, and lots of love,

  8. March 8, 2013

    So gorgeous it’s almost painful

    • March 8, 2013

      You know what just occurred to me? A good actor’s face is kind of like a Rorschach test… Hugs to you, gorgeous, V

  9. March 8, 2013

    I’ve always loved him….who wouldn’t have?
    (Just ask Lupe Valez!)

  10. March 9, 2013

    I could stare at that photo all day long.

    • March 9, 2013

      I found it transfixing, myself — much like your tumblr. Thank you!

  11. March 21, 2013

    Am I right in thinking that nitrate based film is actually explosive?I am sure I heard something like that with regard to transferring old stock into new film.

    • March 21, 2013

      You are quite right, stock (before it’s transferred) is stored in climate controlled vaults.

  12. March 21, 2013

    A stunning image by the way Vickie.Such a shame that the film no longer exists as if it did its simply amazing what digital technology can do to aid the restoration process.

    • March 21, 2013

      I wonder if there will be a move back to film? As some are moving back to vinyl for musical recording – you just can’t get that richness out of digital.

  13. March 21, 2013

    I suppose you could be generous and find some pictures to post of Gary Coopers home.I am so damn demanding.

  14. December 6, 2013

    Gorgeous photo but there is sadness…?

    • Heather in Arles
      December 7, 2013

      I see that too…

    December 7, 2013

    ke… ke… keanu reeves? o.O
    well, I like his movies and his performance because it’s like the male answer to kristen stewart and creates somewhat of a gender balance in acting-with-a-pretty-face, but gary cooper is really an icon. his on-screen presence is magnificent.

    but I’m missing the point. I didn’t know that old movies were that endangered a species. this is really sad. I meet so many people today who haven’t even seen any hitch movie… can you imagine? so, can’t we take kids through history of film before taking them to 3D blockbusters? I think maybe movie theaters should have movie history events and screenings in their program?…

  16. December 7, 2013

    It’s marvelous when photography is able to reach out and ‘brush’ against painting. This portrait has the look of realism but also the melting dreaminess of a painting. What a face – full of beauty and depth.

    • December 8, 2013

      Vickie,thanks just looked at the Cooper house.Quite lovely,without being stark.

  17. December 8, 2013

    Vickie,well sales of vinyl discs are increasing here in the UK.I have about 500 or so up in the loft with nothing to play them on.Have to get something.

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