Saturday, July 30, 2011

Forbidden images: vamps & tramps


The burlesque practitioners I wrote about yesterday revel in the glamor, performance art, self-expression, and humor aspects of their routines. The movie house personnel who censored the clips in this collage obviously found nothing funny in women at ease in their bodies! No no, these red-hot mamas are très dangereuse and must be obliterated! According to "cinegraphic," who uploaded the footage: "All of the clips used in this film came from a reel of 35mm nitrate found in an old theater somewhere in Pennsylvania. The projectionist clipped these scenes to meet local moral standards of the time."

For a movie star who smoldered, it's hard to surpass Greta Garbo. Watch and swoon as she takes command of passionate love scenes with John Gilbert and other co-stars in the 10-CD boxed set Greta Garbo: The Signature Collection. Michelle Pfeiffer singing "Makin' Whoopee" lounging on the piano in The Fabulous Baker Boys is nothing to sneeze at either; nor is Elizabeth Taylor swanning around in fur coats, slips, and skin-tight dresses in Butterfield 8.

What say you re the sexiest women in film?

7 comments:

  1. That clip of deleted scenes is so funny to watch now. All those lady legs were just too much for censors to handle!
    And if we're talking about sex symbols, we cannot ignore Theda Bara, the original sex symbol of the silent film, she was a looker!
    One of my personal favorites will probably always be Marlene Dietrich in a suit...

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  2. Saw Marlene Dietrich in Blue Angel and wondered who would find her more attractive, men or women? I reiterate my vote for Gilda (Rita Hayworth) with an honorable mention for Lauren Bacall and her whistling instructions. Now can we see some candidates for Sexiest Men on Film?

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  3. Gary Cooper!!! Many of the female stars in Hollywood would agree w/ me apparently.

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  4. Forgot to mention Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box. inimitable, mind-boggling.

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  5. Who knew womens' feet could be so dangerous.

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  6. Love this! They really must've thought women's legs and feet were dangerous! The music in the video was very fitting, It's hauntingly beautiful.

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  7. Funny the things that used to be censored for preservation of morality.. now we see things 3x more explicit and hardly blink an eye. Eh.

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