(Mostly) unexplained cinema

6 March 2011

Photography grew more creative at the same time the movies did in the 1910s and 1920s, creating amazing images like this. This post is inspired by Unexplained Cinema, where Greg simply offers striking images, stills, screen caps, and movie posters virtually absent of comment; I look at it all the time and envy his idea. I found the image above, however, at the blog Seraphic Secret where Robert Avrech has a lovely description of this Jewish actress, Alla Nazimova, who at the time (1921) was a major Hollywood power. This still is from Camille, which I’ve never seen — but it’s all in the looking, isn’t it?

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