classical hollywood movie

Alida Valli, 1946

Valli, once called “the most beautiful woman in the world”, had been in Italian films for 15 years when David Selznick signed her to a contract. She appeared in Hitchcock’s The Paradine Case and Carol Reed’s The Third Man, as well as shlock like Miracle of the Bells, but her Hollywood experience was not pleasant or notably successful. She returned to Italy and a string of film classics: Senso, Eyes Without a Face, Novecento and Suspiria. She also had a long and distinguished carerr on the Italian stage.


Tomboy Doris Day fixing cars in turn-of-the-century period pieces is my aesthetic

Unfortunately Doris’ automechanic ways in BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON (1953) are frowned upon by her father and her fiance, and while she almost breaks up with said fiance over his dismissive comments about women’s place in the world, she is ultimately forgiving and doesn’t fight her father’s rude digs about her boyish ways.

But she looks dang good messin’ around while she can.