Tuesday, September 28, 2010

gloria in excelsis

First, remember this:
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In 1932, when James Whale cast her as a white flame, "young and handsome, silly and wicked!", she was twenty-two years old.

She was one hundred years old this July.
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She died on September 26th, having long since seen and heard everything it was possible to see and hear.
.Now, we have only her shadow, or rather her shadows - in Roman Scandals and The Invisible Man and Gold Diggers of 1935 and The Secret of the Blue Room and Prisoner of Shark Island and The Old Dark House.
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Find a large white space, pass a beam of light through her shadow, and nothing will have changed.
Reality is no substitute for this.
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When the model for Da Vinci's Mona Lisa died, did her friends say, "now all we have left is that inadequate, ephemeral painting..."?

Farewell, Gloria Stuart (1910 - 2010)