Documentary about the early female movie stars - Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe; immortal goddesses made by Hollywood to reign over the silver screen.
With the beginnings of Hollywood, the star system was born with an archetypal bad girl - the vampish Theda Bara - and the good girl - the blazingly sincere Lillian Gish. From the 1920s, vivacious Clara Bow and seductive siren Louise Brooks are most remembered, but none made the impact of Marlene Dietrich, an icon of mystery, or Greta Garbo, with her perfect features and gloomy introspection.
From the power of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis to the seductiveness of Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner, Hollywood studios produced their own brand of beautiful, sassy and confident women. But it wasn't to last. The era drew to a close with the supreme fame of Elizabeth Taylor and the tragic death of Marilyn Monroe.
Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Screen Goddesses airs on BBC TV
On Saturday December 22 and Sunday December 23, BBC TV will air Screen Goddesses. This one hour documentary might include footage of Louise Brooks. At least, she is mentioned in the program description. Here is what the BBC page says:
Posted by thomas gladysz / Louise Brooks Society