Bella fino a morire: Maria Montez | When Beauty Kills

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Aladino, dal film “Arabian Nights”:

se devi lasciarci, non andare fin quando non sarai tornato

Fu attraversata da un fremito quando ascoltò la battuta, Maria Montez. Il film è “Arabian Nights” e siamo nel 1942. La bellissima attrice dominicana era all’apice del successo. I suoi occhi di brace consumavano i sogni degli uomini e le sue fotografie riempivano i loro armadietti celebrandola come una tra le prime Pin-Up hollywoodiane. Nata a Santa Cruz de Barahona nel 1912 come María Antonia Africa Gracia Vidal di Sacro Silas scelse di farsi chiamare Montez, un nome breve ma energico come la sua personalità.

Il matrimonio naufragato e il riscontro nel lavoro di modella  la spinsero ad osare, a trasferirsi ad Hollywood per sfondare nel cinema. Era disposta a tutto per raggiungere la gloria, così arrivarono piccole comparse prima, ruoli da protagonista poi. La sensuale latina divenne regina del filone cinematografico escapista, che permetteva agli spettatori una breve illusoria fuga dalla triste realtà segnata dalla guerra. Con la fine del conflitto, però, la magia si interruppe, la moda della bellezza esotica tramontò e quelle donne fatali cedettero il proprio ruolo alle attrici platinate dai sorrisi e dalle curve rassicuranti.

Maria era ancora giovane e bellissima, celebre per il suo carattere impetuoso, per il suo apparire vistoso alle feste, per la sua sfrenata ricerca di consensi. Tentò così di rimettersi in gioco in Europa, recitando in Francia e in Italia, ma quel nuovo cinema introspettivo, era distante dal suo essere carnale.

Aveva 39 anni Maria quando inaspettatamente Hollywood si ricordò di lei e la scelse per una parte. Lei, che per contratto doveva essere sempre avvenente, non ebbe il tempo di festeggiare.

Ripetendo il suo rituale di bellezza, riempì di acqua fumante la lussuosa vasca da bagno in marmo bianco, un bicchiere di cognac, le candele accese. L’America voleva la Maria di venti anni prima, doveva essere bellissima, aprì la rotella dell’acqua calda ancora un po’ di più, il vapore si condensò sui muri della stanza, sulla sua fotografia che parve scomparire man mano che il corpo della diva si immergeva per l’ultima volta nell’acqua bollente, oltre 60 gradi. Stop. Buona l’ultima.

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From the movie “Arabian Nights”, year 1942. Aladdin:

If you have to leave, don’t go until you come back

Maria Montez was left speechless when she listened to these words. The film is “Arabian Nights” and we are in 1942. The beautiful Dominican actress was at the height of success. Her eyes of embers consumed the dreams of men and her photographs filled their lockers celebrating her as one of the first Hollywood Pin-Ups. Born in Santa Cruz de Barahona in 1912 as María Antonia Africa Gracia Vidal of Sacro Silas chose to be called Montez, a short but energetic name like her personality. The marriage was shipwrecked and the response in the work of the model pushed her to dare, moving to Hollywood. She was willing to do anything to achieve glory, so little start played minor parts in film, then starring roles. The sensual Latina girl became the queen of the escapism movie trend, that allowed the spectators a brief illusory escape from the sad reality marked by the II world war. With the end of the conflict, however, the magic stopped, the fashion of exotic beauty went down and those fatal women gave up their role to the platinized actresses with reassuring smiles and curves. Maria was still young and beautiful, famous for her impetuous character, for her showy appearance at parties, for her unbridled search for consensus. She tried a new career in Europe, playing in France and in Italy, but that new introspective cinema was far from her being Latin, carnal. She was 39 years old when Hollywood unexpectedly chose her for a part in a movie. She, who by contract must always be attractive, did not have time to celebrate. Repeating her ritual of beauty, she filled the luxurious white marble bathtub with steaming water, a glass of cognac, and lit candles. America wanted the Maria twenty years ago, shet had to be beautiful, she opened the hot water wheel a little more, the steam condensed on the walls of the room, on her photograph that seemed to disappear as the body of the diva immersed itself for the last time in boiling water, over 60 degrees. Stop. Good the last one.

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Maria Montez as a Pin-UP

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Divas Beyond a Veil.

Mistero, ambiguità e seduzione sono peculiarità che appartengono a molte tra le star del cinema. Da sempre, e con molta frequenza, la loro immagine conturbante è amplificata grazie all’utilizzo di veli che ricoprono il volto, conferendo carisma e magnetismo.

Il drappo di una veste, per merito del cinema e della fotografia, ha perso la funzione di mero rivestimento del corpo per esibire lo stesso con sensualità, svelandolo in segreto. Non più tessuto utile a coprire, bensì pizzo, rete, seta adoperati per svestire i soggetti fotografati, lasciando immaginare allo spettatore fattezze, carattere, atmosfere inattese e maliziose.

Lo sguardo dell’icona giunge a noi filtrato dal lembo di un tessuto prezioso, la cui grana seduce e mantiene le distanze dal piacere accennato, che resta in ombra.

Ecco alcune immagini che ho raccolto.

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Often the provocative image of Diva is amplified by the use of veils that cover her face, conferring charme and mistery. Thanks to the cinema and photography, this garment lost its only function of dress to exhibit the body with sensuality, unveiling a secret. No more useful fabrics to cover, but lace, net, silk used to undress the actress in movies and pictures, leaving viewers to imagine the features, character, atmospheres.

Gloria Swanson photographed by Edward Steichen for a 1924 Vanity Fair.:

Gloria Swanson by Edward Steichen, 1924

Gloria Swanson by Ellen Graham:

Gloria Swanson by Ellen Graham

Lili Damita @@@@@......http://www.pinterest.com/pocketmuseum/1920s-fashion-in-photographs/  ......€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€:

Lili Damita, 20s

Joan Crawford in the 1920s, Photo by Ruth Harriet Louise #1920s #lace #hat:

Joan Crawford by Ruth Harriet Louise, late 20s

Brigitte Helm| 1906-1966 | a German actress, best remembered for her dual role as Maria and her double, the Maschinenmensch, in Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film Metropolis:

Brigitte Helm, 1927

anna mae wong:

Anna May Wong, Limehouse Blues, Travis Banton, 1934

Anna May Wong -

Anna May Wong, 1934

Jean Harlow:

Jean Harlow, 30s

PETRICHOR:

Bette Davis, 30s

Classic Beauties : Marlene Dietrich:

Marlene Dietrich, 1940, John Engstead

Marlene Dietrich in

Marlene Dietrich, “Just a Gigolo” 1978

Frances Farmer, 1930s - They made a bio-film about her life (very tragic) Jessica Lang played Frasncis:

Frances Farmer early 40s

Ava Gardner:

Ava Gardner, 40s

Actress Lana Turner in a wonderful polka dot veil adorned hat, 1940s. #vintage #hats #1940s:

Lana Turner, 40s

Detail of a photo of Vivien Leigh by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, Paris, November 1944:

Vivien Leigh by Ceceil Beaton, Vogue, 1944

Gina Lollobrigida:

Gina Lollobrigida, 50s

Audrey Hepburn photographed at Ealing Studios, London, 1951 Classic Hollywood Stars:

Audrey Hepburn, Ealing Studios, London, 1951

Audrey, with the infamous Givenchy mask in How To Steal a Million. This movie is wonderful.:

Audry – Givenchy, “How to steal a Million”, 1966

Capucine in Marie-Christiane, 1953. Photo Guy Arsac:

Capucine, Guy Arsac, 1953

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Bert Stern, 1962:

Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern, 1962

Marilyn Monroe was looked at as a fashion icon and she has also had a great impact on what we wear today.- Caroline m:

Marilyn as a Virgin?

Sophia Loren, 1960s.:

Sophia Loren, early 60s

Sophia Loren:

Sophia Loren with veil turban

Virna Lisi, reportage sul set di “Oggi, domani, dopodomani” (Eduardo De Filippo, 1965)  Photo Angelo Frontoni:

Virna Lisi, “Oggi, domani e dopodomani”, 1965

Brigitte Bardot - 1960's:

Brigitte Bardot, early 70s

Romy Schneider on the set of Le trio infernal, 1974. Photo by George Pierre. via http://hollywoodlady.tumblr.com/:

Romy Schneider, 1974, Le Trio Infernal

Silvana Mangano in Gruppo di Famiglia in un Interno (Conversation Piece):

Silvana Mangano, “Gruppo di famiglia in un interno”, 1974

I always thought that Elizabeth Taylor was so sensuous. Here she poses nude behind a sheer veil.:

Elizabeth Taylor, 70s

Catherine Deneuve on the set of The Hunger.:

Catherine Deneuve, The Hunger, 1983

Joan Collins...played a great bitch in dynasty:

Joan Collins, 80s

Charlize Theron:

Charlize Theron

Julianne Moore, “The end of the affair”, 1999

Marion Cotillard by Ellen von Unwerth:

Marion Cotillard by Ellen von Hunwerth

angelina jolie:

Angelina Jolie

suicideblonde:“ Cate Blanchett photographed by Patrick Demarchelier ”

Cate Blanchett by Patrick Demarchelier

Cate Blanchett.:

Cate Blanchett

Kirsten Dunst:

Kirsten Dunst

Keira Knightley. In my opinion, she is by far one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen! She's so classically stunning!:

Keira Knighltly, “The edge of love”, 2008

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