Sunday, December 28, 2014

Mirror Mirror on the Wall......

Can you pass a mirror without a primp or a frown?  Are you the type that is satisfied at the image that stares back at you or would you prefer to cover all mirrors in the vicinity with back cloth? Do you think the way you see yourself is the way others see you?

Mirrors have always been a provocative movie star accessory. Whether it be a reflection of the soul, a hidden desire or just a beautiful face, the image in the mirror sometimes tells us more than flesh and blood.

"The mirror is my best friend because when I cry it never laughs."
                                                            Charles Chaplin

For Chaplin, the mirror was a reflection of his soul and psyche. 

Chaplin hides in a house of mirrors in "The Circus"

Chaplin hides behind the makeup in "Limelight"

Photographer George Hurrell frequently used mirror images when capturing his subjects

The glamour of Carole Lombard x 4
A mirror shows Lombard's profile to a gorgeous advantage

A mirror amps up the elegance for Betty Grable

Susan Hayward gets the Hurrell mirror treatment

Kay Francis's troubled image betrays her
seeming nonchalance in "Mandalay"

A mirror only serves to emphasize
Norma Shearer's beautiful profile

Hurrel gives Norma his mirrored table treatment

Rosemary Lane's beauty is evident in her reflection

The Great Stone face reveals nothing and
everything in this stunning portrait
Some non-Hurrel portraits of some beautiful reflections

When you look like Cary Grant there can never be too many mirrors

Deanna Durbin's image lets us know what is
really going on behind that innocent face

Tallulah Bankhead practices her sexy smoking
pose before her mirror
Ty Power wonders if it is him or Dorian Gray

Madcap Mabel Normand shows her sweet
and feminine side in her reflection 
Super chorus girl Toby Wing with her weapons of choice

Both sides of the beauty of Judy 

Lillian Gish's reflection is serious business

Janet Gaynor likes what she sees

Katharine Hepburn channels her inner thespian

Elizabeth Taylor takes a moment from being fabulous

Joan Blondell's image challenges her to up the perkiness

Cagney's reflection is as charming as the real thing

Vilma Banky practically plotzes over a double image

The mirror is a key tool in the transformation
from Norma Jean to Marilyn

And sometimes it talks back.....


Anonymous said...

What an interesting photo theme. Great photos.

FlickChick said...

Thank you, Vienna. I kind of stumbled across the theme as I was doing other things. Hurrell loved mirrors (and his animal skin rugs) as props.

Inge Gregusch said...

Great post. Clever idea. Gorgeous photos!


I was expecting to find the breathtaking picture of Tyrone Power and his image... But was that a mirror or a simple galss table?
The first paragraph was very, very philosophical ;)

FlickChick said...

As always, Inge - thanks for stopping by. Your seal of approval means a lot.

FlickChick said...

Le - wow - I just found that photo of Ty Power and am going to add it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention - it is a stunner.

The Lady Eve said...

Great concept and how interesting each of the photos is!

I've long wished Ty Power had portrayed Dorian Gray, by the way. He was perfect for that part.

FlickChick said...

Thank you, Patty. Ty would have THE perfect Dorian Gray!

Caftan Woman said...

Personally, I think mirrors are great for other people.

Loved the images presented.

Silver Screenings said...

Beautiful images. My fave is the Deanna Durbin photo – my mirror often does the same thing!

FlickChick said...

CW - I agree - I prefer to cover them myself.

FlickChick said...

Ruth - my mirror usually says "hello mother, what are you doing here?"