Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Rear Window #2

Thorvald arrives home while Lisa is inside his apartment looking for evidence. What is it about Grace Kelly? I'm not talking about the sensuality kept in check by good breeding yada yada, I'm talking about her sadness. She's not a great actress, that is, you don't completely buy Lisa as a fleshed-out character, but Kelly's melancholy works in conveying Lisa's unenviable situation as "the perfect woman" ignored by Jeff for his telephoto lens. In the end, by breaking and entering, nearly getting strangled, and hauled away by the police, as observed by Jeff, she wins him. A victory?

Tomorrow starts Lost Boys, followed by some new Alice posts. 

21 comments:

a-dog-a-day said...

Wow, I wanted to be the first.
These are all so odd and dramatic.
This composition is harder work than most, but so clean and intriguing. ( a long winded way of saying wonderful)
When do we get a story of your own design?
Not that I don't love these, just that It would be fun.
Please don't stop.

Caio Fernandes said...

somehow this guy realy looks like the one of the movie !

ArtSparker said...

Caio - Carlos said afterwards that he actually would have been willing to wear a crazy wig made of white cotton, but I was afraid to ask him because he was already being so nice about doing this.

ArtSparker said...

JT -

I do have a story I'm supposed to do in the Fall, I had been thinking of just straight up drawings for that. You've given me food for thought.

Amy C said...

I love this one, the suitcase is such a nice touch.
And yes what is it about Kelly!?!
I just get mesmerized looking at her fantastic clothes and forget about her acting!

Inky said...

wow she so looks like Grace Kelly.

subtorp77 said...

ArtSparker, you bring up some interesting points. I always thought Grace's character Lisa to be somewhat stiff( or is it just me thinking this? )Or did Hitchcock direct her in that way on purpose? And for some reason "The Stranger" just flashed when I caught a glimpse of the person with the bag, outside the window...

ArtSparker said...

subtorp- Like the nerd I am, I have been watching the commentaries to all of these films. Hitchcock did not give his actors much direction as to emotional expression - he simply put them in position for his plots to unfold.

subtorp77 said...

That sounds like Hitchcock all right. And of course more often than not, it paid off. 'Tis probably why I prefer his earlier works; he didn't seem as intimidating, wot? "Juno and the Paycock" is still( methinks ), one of his better films, from that early era :)

ger said...

I think it´s a special kind of dignity (which thrives on sadness -and doesn´t seem to exist anymore nowadays...) G.K. has. Getting married to a James/Jeff did never appear much advisable to me...

Titus said...

Fabulous!
I wonder if Kelly's sadness (and I agree, it was ever present) was because she was so untouchable.

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Another great series! If you need a place for sets, my back garden would work very well for this movie.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Grace looks great and i love the suitcase.Now I wonder what magic lies inthose rolled up scrolls on the table??

ArtSparker said...

L- thanks for the offer, I am doing just two of this, it was kind of a matter of these two particular shots working well.

Coffee Messiah said...

Catching up and cool ya had a helping hand from the neighbor ; )

Cheers!

❤Yisin said...

This piece give me lots of feelings...

Love your style!!!!!! Really cool~

yvette said...

as a dog a day ....I would like it so much you to wright your own story...kiskis
yvette

Denise Gallagher said...

love, love, love this one!!

j. said...

this is really quite a magical photograph.



this week i am locking myself up in my room (with my cat, of course) and just drawing my little heart out.
i will definitely do a self-portrait or two and send which ever is best your way.
i'm also thinking i might try a self-portrait collage.

any other ideas on collaboration by the way?? : D

Smiler said...

One of my favourite movies of all time. Have seen it many times and for years didn't look past Kelly's captivating beauty. Eventually it did hit home that her character was pathetic for being in love with that no-good invalid.

Bee said...

Betty Draper on Mad Men has that very same perfectly coiffed blonde hair -- and the same sadness, too.