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UNSETTLING BEAUTY

by Martin Wilson
Sometimes, it is the shape of her face. Or the way she moves her body. It can, at times, be just her attitude. Often, it is her stillness, a lack of expression, so that her face appears like a mask. There can be an excess of some quality – she is too beautiful, too sweet, too calm, too cold. Or is it an absence? She can seem not of this world or all too real. When you gaze upon her, you may feel a little bit afraid. But one thing is clear. The camera adores her. INGRID THULIN BARBARA STEELE AURORE CLEMENT DOMINIQUE SANDA ALICE KRIGE CHARLOTTE RAMPLING EDITH SCOB FLORINDA BOLKAN DELPHINE SEYRIG MIA FARROW EMMANUELLE RIVA CATHERINE… Read more

Sometimes, it is the shape of her face. Or the way she moves her body. It can, at times, be just her attitude. Often, it is her stillness, a lack of expression, so that her face appears like a mask. There can be an excess of some quality – she is too beautiful, too sweet, too calm, too cold. Or is it an absence? She can seem not of this world or all too real. When you gaze upon her, you may feel a little bit afraid.

But one thing is clear. The camera adores her.

INGRID THULIN
BARBARA STEELE
AURORE CLEMENT
DOMINIQUE SANDA
ALICE KRIGE
CHARLOTTE RAMPLING
EDITH SCOB
FLORINDA BOLKAN
DELPHINE SEYRIG
MIA FARROW
EMMANUELLE RIVA
CATHERINE DENEUVE
ALIDA VALLI
GRETA GARBO
GAIL RUSSELL
SISSY SPACEK
MADELINE SMITH
VALERIE HOBSON
LIGIA BRANICE
YVETTE MIMIEUX
KAREN BLACK
SANDRINE BONNAIRE
REBECCA ROMIJN
LOUISE BROOKS
TISA FARROW
HIDEKO TAKAMINE
SIMONE SIMON
CATE BLANCHETT
MARIANNE MORRIS
SILVANA MANGANO
GUDRUN LANDGREBE
INGRID PITT
ANNE LOUISE LAMBERT
SYLVIA KRISTEL
ANJELICA HUSTON
GENE TIERNEY
JACQUELINE PEARCE
SAMANTHA MORTON
ALICE ARNO
TILDA SWINTON
STEPHANE AUDRAN
MIRANDA RICHARDSON
MARTINE BESWICK
SCARLETT JOHANSSON
CORINNE LUCHAIRE
JENNY SEAGROVE

The films below follow the same order as above. One example for each unique actress.
For Alice Krige there’s two, as such a list must include The Borg Queen.

P.S. The strangeness of Louise Brooks is unlike that of the other women listed here. What is disturbing about her is our finding a 21st century woman in a silent film from the 1920s.

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