Gone fishin’ reposts, smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em — Marlene

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  1. April 21, 2013

    Love Marlene. Great pix, Aurora.

    • April 21, 2013

      She certainly photographed like no other – fascinating!

  2. April 21, 2013

    I meant Vickie, Vickie 😉

  3. George Kaplan
    April 21, 2013

    Damn, some women make smoking look desirable and sexy. I had a friend like that once – she looked like Marlene in the third picture. Sigh. 😉

    • April 21, 2013

      Smoking is all illusion, isn’t it ?!?

  4. George Kaplan
    April 21, 2013

    That it is! The problem was I knew that but the heart wants what the heart wants (and not the demon weed 😉 ) er of course I’m not talking about myself and my friend here…!

  5. April 21, 2013

    These are all gorgeous. I would’ve loved to have been photographed like this at the peak of my beauty… what a gift to be captured like that, forever breathtaking.

    • George Kaplan
      April 21, 2013

      A Gripping Life, it’s hard for a man to say this without seeming smarmy, creepy, or as if he’s hitting on you (if that’s possible on the internet!) but what’s this “at the peak of my beauty” thing? Judging from your image you take a wonderful picture now! You look lovely. Er, see, what did I tell you? Smarmy!
      Regards, George

      • April 21, 2013

        Oh, George… I could tell what you were building up to and let me just say, you had me at, “A Gripping Life!” I always read and love your comments. You, sir, are charm personified. Smarmy, never! Kind and thoughtful — completely. I thank you for such a lovely compliment.
        Regards yourself… Gripping 😉

    • April 22, 2013

      Have you ever read “Masters of Starlight”? I think you would like it 🙂

      • April 22, 2013

        No, I haven’t. I think I’d like it just based on the title and, of course, your recommendation. 😉

      • April 22, 2013

        By David Fahey – it’s beautiful!

  6. April 21, 2013

    we quit many years ago (hypnotist – north london – 3 hour session – fascinating) but still like to photograph smokers – there’s something So MGM about them (when they’re beautiful).

    • April 22, 2013

      Well done – I’m glad to hear it. On film it’s so beautiful, and in reality so devilish.

  7. April 22, 2013

    Dearest V
    The only reason The Dandy ever took up smoking and then – as he is constantly reminded – rather amateurishly, was because of the cinema.
    Granted it was the bruised lips of Jean Paul Belmondo and the architectural smoke of German expressionism that drew me in… but there you see Marlene builds the bridge between the New World and the Old, spreading glamour and cigarette smoke wherever she went.
    I must confess that I have yet to find the recent perfume dedicated to her anything other than an anti climax… hey ho, we may not have the scents but we have the head shots.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • April 22, 2013

      The cinema makes so many things look seductive, that aren’t! I have to say I saw “Manon of the Spring” last night and watching a supermodel frolic through the hills of Provence even goat herding looked like a marvelous pastime 😉

      • April 22, 2013

        Did you ever have Heidi in the US?
        Peter the Goatherd was a significant figure in The Dandy’s formative years…

      • April 22, 2013

        I read the book over and over along with some other ancient volumes from my parents – “Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates” and the “Adventures of Perrine”. Was it a TV series?

      • April 22, 2013

        German TV made it really rather well on film, on location and in German, we got it dubbed as part of some European co-production.
        I know other language groups are very accepting of dubbed films and tv, but they really have never done the business in Blighty. “Heidi” is just about the only example I can remember…

  8. April 4, 2014

    Dietrich always knew how to work the camera.

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