The Women 1939
It has to be one of the most fabulous movies of all time right? I've watched this movie so many times I can practically recite it! A cast full of MGM leading ladies all in one picture, directed by the one and only George Cukor, lavishly costume designed by - in my opinion - the God of gowns Adrian and with some of the wittiest wise cracks and outstanding character performances all rolled up into one movie, what's not to like about The Women!
|What a line-up! L to R Florence Nash, Phyllis Povah, Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard, Mary Boland, Joan Fontaine.|
Ever since I was a little girl I've sketched characters and costumes whilst watching old movies. So a few weeks ago I took myself off to bed with my sketch book and dvd of The Women and attempted to 'Pip' each and every fabulous character!
|Sketchy late night drawings|
Over the course of the Summer I'm going to build up a collection of the whole cast, including some of the very small roles - my favourite being the gossipping, big eyed manicurist Olga. Here are a few I've already painted. I may well do one or two of them again but here's how they are looking so far.....
One of my absolute favourites, the scene stealing Mary Boland as The Countess De Lave.....
|Paulette Goddard and Mary Boland as Miriam and the Countess|
|2 small roles that stand out in the The Women are from Dennie Moore as Olga the manicurist and Virginia Grey as Pat the perfume counter clerk.|
And yes I do own a bottle of Jungle Red!!
I'm still yet to create Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) I've sketched her up several times but not yet got her quite right, but there will be further attempts over the weekend.
|'I've had two years to grow claws, mother....Jungle Red!!!'|
And you know I said I wouldn't be able to hold back on creating a slinky hooded fox that is Miriam Adams....
I also quite fancy pulling out some green silky fabric (because I can just imagine her draped in green) and spending several days working on the hysterical Gossip Queen - Sylvia Fowler!....Just a thought.
Hope that everyone is having a tip top week. There will be more from The Women soon. And if you've not seen this marvellous film I think it is available on Youtube.