Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hooray! Hurrell!

Hurell collaborated with Joan on more than fifty photo sessions over the course of a decade.

She was very pliable and gave so much to the stills camera. She really worked at it. She would spend a whole day, changing into perhaps twenty different gowns, different hairdos, changing makeup... In a sense she used (these changes) to present a new image that might possibly work for her whole screen personality. Every time, there was a different kind of lighting or different backgrounds or poses. Crawford had the closest face to Garbo's- perfect proportions. Crawford had strong jawbones, her cheekbones were good, and her forehead and her eyes were good... She had a classic beauty and a kind of spirituality- practically everything she did was a picture. 
                            - George Hurrell excerpt from Donald Spoto's Possessed, a biography of Joan Crawford

Tonight on TCM! Not really all that great but if you like Edward G. Robinson...
The Man With Two Faces (1934) An actor uses his skills to protect his sister from her sinister husband.
Dir: Archie Mayo Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Ricardo Cortez.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for posting them.

    I am a huge Joan Crawford fan. She had amazing bone structure and the Hurrell pics were stunning.

    Happy Tuesday!

    ~ Lori