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Les sorties littéraires de juin 2021 !
Bonjour chères lectrices, chers lecteurs, Je vous retrouve aujourd’hui pour vous présenter les sorties littéraires du mois de juin 2021 que je souhaite découvrir. N’hésitez pas à me dire les vôtres en commentaires ci-dessous. Bonne découverte ! La fille du Reich, Louise FEIN Résumé : Fille d’un officier nazi de haut rang, Hetty Heinrich tient à jouer un rôle dans l’avènement du glorieux…
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@stripedroseandsketchpads and @counterwiddershins requested a pendant to this post discussing female Hot Villains™ of early and classic film. Let it never be said that I was one to decline such an invitation. I’m going to include here some women whose villainous roles are lost or partially lost, because I like them.
First, foremost, iconic:
DIETRICH. Has anyone on screen ever attained the casually confident eroticism of that pose? I submit that they have not. That’s Der Blaue Engel, by the way, and she is die fesche Lola.
Louise Brooks, here as Lulu in Die Büchse der Pandora:
There’s so much going on here. This movie is so good.
Mae West, as mentioned in the first post (when she’s good, she’s good, but when she’s bad she’s better):
I honestly think her films are largely forgettable in the way that her performances aren’t.
Anna May Wong, often typecast as villains (racism), but very very good always:
She stars with Dietrich in Shanghai Express. Do I watch that movie mostly for Anna May Wong and Marlene Dietrich sharing a cabin and white-hot rage against male stupidity? Possibly.
Here she is provoking small-town American outrage in “A Woman of the World.” I love pre-Code movies. You can find her alongside Basil Rathbone (!) in “A Woman Commands.” And here she is singing a tango.
Theda Bara, arguably THE vamp. She played both Salome and Cleopatra, and I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions. She also delivered this iconic line:
So now you know why that turns up in later musicals, parodied.
I’m also going to mention (as in the previous post) Barbara Stanwyck, who frequently played morally ambiguous characters, as in “The Bitter Tea of General Yen”:
In this role, she embodied what the NYT (decades later) called an “outré, fragrantly perverse erotic/philosophical conversion.” Hello.
Lastly, of course, how could I not include the woman who played Mata Hari?
GARBO. Like Dietrich, she deserves all caps in my head (and heart.) Barthes famously wrote that her face aroused “mystical feelings of perdition.” Go off, Roland Barthes.
Please enjoy these sexy villains and their cheekbones.
The two wives of Charles II of Spain:
Marie Louise d’Orléans (26 March 1662 – 12 February 1689).
Maria Anna of Neuburg (28 October 1667 – 16 July 1740).