Beautiful people at the height of their glory.
1. Hedy Lamarr (Ecstasy, 1933)
Excruciatingly beautiful, such a delicate beauty. Sexy in a time where sexiness feels so estranged. In this stunning, but controversial film, she is at her most beautiful (in my opinion). After starring in this film, she became known as “the Ecstasy lady”, notably for the orgasm scene.
2. Natassja Kinski (Paris, Texas, 1984)
The role of a lifetime. Kinski plays Jane Henderson, the long lost wife of Harry Dean Stanton’s Travis. Works at a strip joint, listens to men’s bullshit every night. Wears a shocking pink sweater. She utters one of the most memorable and beautiful lines in cinema :
“I… I used to make long speeches to you after you left. I used to talk to you all the time, even though I was alone. I walked around for months talking to you. Now I don’t know what to say. It was easier when I just imagined you. I even imagined you talking back to me. We’d have long conversations, the two of us. It was almost like you were there. I could hear you, I could see you, smell you. I could hear your voice. Sometimes your voice would wake me up. It would wake me up in the middle of the night, just like you were in the room with me. Then… it slowly faded. I couldn’t picture you anymore. I tried to talk out loud to you like I used to, but there was nothing there. I couldn’t hear you. Then… I just gave it up. Everything stopped. You just… disappeared. And now I’m working here. I hear your voice all the time. Every man has your voice.”
3. Rita Hayworth (Gilda, 1946)
Such a cliched pick but how can anyone doubt the beauty of Rita Hayworth? The way she took off those gloves, that hair flip, that hair. She was a beautiful woman. The role she was known best for, and rightfully, at that.
4. Greta Garbo (Ninotchka, 1939/Mata Hari, 1931)
Known as one of the most beautiful women in the Golden Years of Cinema, Garbo was famous for being very antisocial in social parties, and even never came to any Academy Awards, even when she won or was nominated. Mata Hari was my first choice because she plays an exotic, seductress spy, and Ninotchka because of her smile and her laugh, which people hardly ever see of.
5. Sandrine Bonnaire (A Nos Amours, 1983)
Her debut as the youthful, fresh and promiscuous Suzanne was probably one of the best on screen debuts ever done.
6. Marisa Berenson (Barry Lyndon, 1975)
Socialite turned actress, Berenson shone through the incredibly beautiful Kubrickian masterpiece, Barry Lyndon. It also helped that the film was as beautiful as a Manet painting, from start to finish, a landmark of cinematography and camerawork.
7. Meiko Kaji (Stray Cat Rock : Sex Hunter, 1970)
Bad-ass. That hat. That glare. The way she did everything was cool. If you look up ‘cool’ in the dictionary, there probably would be a picture of Kaji wearing that floppy hat and that black vest.
8. Isabelle Adjani (Possession, 1981/La Reine Margot, 1994)
Possession was a weird choice, but in her breakdown, she remains beautiful even in that fragility, I still think she looked cool and enviable while throwing up white liquid. La Reine Margot, on the other hand, oh please, there’s no arguing that she looked like a fucking queen in those costumes, I can’t fuss myself enough on how gorgeous she is, it’s almost stressful.
9. Mia Sara (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986)
She’s perfect, okay? And that fringed white leather jacket! That pout! Oh god, have mercy on my soul!
10. Monica Vitti (In literally everything she’s in. Everything. But I’ll say, L’Eclisse and Il Deserto Rosso)
Oh, Monica Vitti.. I always thought she was beautiful in black and white, then I saw Red Desert and The Scarlet Lady and I was dumbfounded on how incredible looking this woman was.
11. Deena Martin (Dazed and Confused, 1993)
Remember Cynthia Dunn? She was the girl who wore that baby pink blouse and those tight white bell bottoms. The one that said Don Dawson had premature ejaculation? Yeah. She was cool.
12. Gena Rowlands (Faces, 1968)
All of those zoom-ins of Gena’s flawless face, almost couldn’t handle it.
13. Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter, 1974)
She looks good with a shaved head and nothing on except men’s pants and suspenders, and equally as good in a baby doll dress.
14. Cate Blanchett (The Good German, 2006/ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008)
Blanchett pulls off that old school cinema queen look so well, she’s the only one who could do it decently these days.
15. Anouk Aimee (A Man and A Woman, 1966)
If I could pull off that awesome haircut, I would. Fall in love with her every time I watch this film.Read less