Marilyn/ Niagara

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A very  powerful moment when seen in a good print on a big screen.. That first glance — sleepy, boredom mixed with slight disgust followed by that knowing look that´s calculating, superior, sexually sure: She´s got Joseph Cotten´s number, she´s got him fooled and she certainly needs no help in handling him.

On a good print,  her lips look lacquered  into enamelled perfection: artificial armour, war paint of a colour and with a gloss nowhere found in nature but totally descriptive and evocative of  50s America.

But who´s fighting whom and what for? A fantastic moment in a great film.

 

José Arroyo

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