Bette Davis, 1937
’99 Variations’ - Self-portrait.
It is the metamorphic alchemy of the camera and the mirror.
Inside me, there are gods, men and women, and androgynous mutants. They co-exist with my present self, and ‘we’ are all interrelated.
I brought a key, the camera, opened the door to the secret passage, the mirror, woke up my mythical archetypes, and lured them out into the world.
To be connected to another ‘me’ reflected in the mirror, with an endlessly switching spot, is a kind of communication that blurs the distinction between the image and the reality. Which, I discovered at the end of my work. Music was turned on, and I took pictures of my selves while I danced and acted.
Yeah Screw all the people my Baby Janes!
The day I had to do that nude scene, where I had to walk completely b**lock naked down a flight of stairs, was awful. It was early days and I was so mortified, embarrassed and unhappy about it. I remember that morning looking out of my trailer, this funky little caravan thing and wondered if I threw myself off the top step of the trailer I could manage to break my leg and not have to do the scene! I wouldn’t like to do that today. It’s never comfortable. The best thing would be if all the crew took their clothes off too and then you’d feel fine but it’s never comfortable to be the only one without clothes on (Helen Mirren on “Savage Messiah”)
Stop giving people power to control your smile, your worth, and your attitude.
- Mandy Hale (via youcamealong)
French film star Jean Marais, Paris, 1947