Silent Visions

 Happy Monday Sugars!! I hope your weekend was grand. I'm still in the silent mood of my weekend, hence the inspiration of this. I know it's not for everyone, but I don't mind. I first fell in love with the belles of the silent screen as a young teenager performing on the stage. My instructor liked us to know the history of performing and those who had done so before and from the moment I saw them, I was mesmerised. Their ability to reach out and steal the attention of their audiences in an instant, they broke the mold and decided ordinary was just not good enough..not to mention their utter style and originality in appearance. They are remarkable women.

Have a great Monday!!
xxx



Gloria Swanson, an American actress, singer and producer. She was one of the most prominent stars during the silent film era as both an actress and a fashion icon, especially under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille, made dozens of silents and was nominated for the first Academy Award in the Best Actress category.


"I have gone through a long apprenticeship. I have gone through enough of being a nobody. I have decided that when I am a star, I will be every inch and every moment the star! Everybody from the studio gateman to the highest executive will know it."-Swanson in 1922.



"I won't be a second anyone!"-Swanson to Mack Sennett after he said he could make a second Mable Normand out of her.


My favorite, Theda Bara, The Vamp of the Silent Era and cinema’s first femme fatale. She created and prolonged the 1900 archetype of the demonic man-eater who drove the world to its demise. I read on several occasions that Luisa Casati was no stranger to forming this vamp persona which she conveyed in her looks as well as in her penchant for danger and the occult.

 



"To be good is to be forgotten. I'm going to be so bad I'll always be remembered"! Theda Bara



'The reason good women like me and flock to my pictures is that there is a little bit of vampire instinct in every woman'. Theda Bara.



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51 comments

  1. nice post. Love her.. very different

    xx

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  2. thank you darling, i love those photos. so classy.! hope you'll visit me later on!

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  3. wow! gloria swanson is an amazing woman. i love her look and she's so pretty and strong!

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  4. "To be good is to be forgotten. I'm going to be so bad I'll always be remembered"!

    That's an awesome quote. I've never heard of the lady until now but I guess that's because I'm so young, she's extremely pretty looking and seems so intelligent.

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  5. she looks so cool and classic and chic:)! happy monday:D

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  6. I was surprised that I had heard of both actresses.

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  7. Love Gloria Swanson, great post.
    Have a great week!
    -Danielle

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  8. Wow she is sooo stunning! What an inspirational woman !

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  9. beautiful pictures! What a fun post! :)

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  10. This post is magnificent! Perfect for a lovely Monday. I am a big fan of silent films. Have a wonderful day!

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  11. Beautiful Blog. Nice photos. I will come again :)

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  12. I just saw Gloria Swanson in Queen Kelly and Rain (I think the silent version is called Sadie Thompson. She was fabulous. Her real life was one big fairy tale as well until you read between the lines , , ,Sounds like you had an ace acting teacher!

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  13. wow. such amazing photos of her.

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  14. really pretty pictures, I love these black and white shots!

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  15. Classy post- these photos are outstanding! Thanks for commenting too - it's great to know art inspires you :)

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  16. Beautiful pics !!! Nice to discover your blog !

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  17. really love these photos so beautiful!

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  18. Very classy pictures!!! Beautifull!

    Xxx Pris

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  19. So beautiful. Women like this are so inspiring to me!

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  20. Fantastic post, I really enjoied the pictureas as I always enjoy mute movies.

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  21. Just love your post and photos!
    xo
    Alexandra Grecco

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  22. Awesome post! Love it.

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  23. They're both such an inspiration. Great post.

    Lau
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  24. I love I love I love all those pictures! This era is probably my favorite era for fashion. Glad you appreciate these silent screen vamps as well.

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  25. What a beautiful post! Thank you for taking me back to such a lovely time :) xoxo

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  26. Some of the pics are stunning and these women had amazing style.

    erica
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  27. Kizzy, I'm so glad your instructor taught you guys the history of performing. It's important to know the history of everything you do. It leads to a better understanding. These are some beautiful and powerful photos. Thanks for showcasing them. :D
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  29. I absolutely love the mystique these ladies are able to create w/their eyes!

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  30. wow.. amazing pictures! The first is definitely my favourite!

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  31. i love these!! thanks for sharing!!!

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  32. I so love those pictures! They are so glamorous! <3<3

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  33. beautiful pics especially the first one.

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  34. Women back then had so much grace and beauty!

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  35. What an amazing post! I really love the stars of the silent film era. So graceful, mysterious and sexy in the most alluring way!

    xx

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  36. She was incredible. Those eyes! Mesmerising.

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  37. Wow, i adore these beautiful women with their dramatic glamour and intense looks! Hope your week started of on a lovely note, hugs, sweet friend!

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  38. Gorgeous!! I just love 1930's brothel inspired pictures. :) xx

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  39. I'll be honest, I don't know much about silent films, but stunning photographs!

    Abigail x

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  40. Hello! Those women are amazing, exciting, creepy, and addicting all at the same time! I think this post is great! I am following you. I hope you follow back!

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  41. Such a great post! I've got to see more silent films! Thanks for you super sweet comment too :)

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  42. first time i stumbled upon your blog, and boy am i happy i did! cheers!

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  43. thank you for sharing my love. i hadnt heard of theda bara!! x

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  44. I want to dress like this... I love it!!

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  45. I'm sure they had to go deep within to uncover their own inner strength to be themselves in a time in which women were seen not heard! xo

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