Monday, December 31, 2012

Modern Femmes Fatale: Part 86

Brigitte Nielsen

Cate Blanchett


Elisabeth Moss

Georgia May Jagger

Jessica Stam

Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Ornella Mutti

Agyness Deyn

Marie Avgeropoulos

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Fourth Birthday, Film Noir Photos!

With thanks to all our followers for your kind attention, we mark the passage of another year of Film Noir Photos. 

Amanda Barrie in Carry on Cleo (1964)
Amanda is completely surprised that it's time for another FNP birthday celebration.

Kim is calling all her friends to tell them the good news.

Marilyn is just jumping for joy. She loves a good party! 

Gloria is working hard to get in shape for the festivities. 

Betty Hutton in The Perils of Pauline (1947)
Betty would come, but, unfortunately she's all tied up. 

As she's told us before, Liz thinks Film Noir Photos is number one

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, was introduced by Judy Garland in the MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). The lyrics in the movie version of the song reflected the intense wartime longing for a better tomorrow.  Later artists thought the song too depressing and, after the war, Martin amended the lyrics to make it more cheerful.

Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Have yourself a merry little Christmas, 
Let your heart be light.
Next year, all our troubles will be out of sight. 

Have yourself a merry little Christmas, 
Make the Yule-tide gay, 
 Next year, all our troubles will be miles away. 

Once again as in olden days, 
Happy golden days of yore. 
Faithful friends who were dear to us,
Will be near to us once more. 

Someday soon we all will be together, 
If the Fates allow.
Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow. 
So, have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

The song's original lyrics were actually so downbeat that Garland and director Vincent Minnelli talked a reluctant Martin into revising them for the movie. The original first verse was "Have yourself a merry little Christmas / It may be your last / Next year we may all be living in the past." which, admittedly, is probably not the sort of thing you would want to croon to Margaret O'Brien under the holly.  Poor kid looked like she was about to bawl as it was.  "Next year will be better, if you live that long" would probably have sent her into hysterics.

May your joy in this holiday season not need to be deferred until next year, and may it definitely not be your last!  :)

Friday, December 21, 2012

No apocalypse for you tonight!

Film Noir Photos congratulates all our fellow humans for having survived the Mayan Apocalypse.  It was a near thing and, at times, seemed hopeless, but somehow we pulled it off.

2012 (2009)

2012 (2009)
Of course, as many of you may have noticed, I actually create these posts ahead of time, so, in the unlikely event that we actually did not avoid the Mayan Apocalypse and have not survived, please disregard this post.  Thank you.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bathing Beauties: Natalie Wood

with Nick Adams

Whilst in the process of preparing these little diversions, I often check to see what is in my own collection first and then just do a quick Google image search to see what else might accidentally turn up.  Occasionally, I strike pay dirt.  If you, like me, loves you some Natalie Wood pictures, you must dash over to the "i love natalie wood" tumbler immediately.  There, I discovered a treasure trove of Natalie goodness, including quite a number of photos I'd never seen before.