Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Get In The Halloween Spirit With 'Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders'

Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders or Valerie A Týden Divů is a cult-erotic-fantasy-horror made in Czechoslovakia in 1969 (released in '70). Valerie, played by Jaroslava 'Jarka' Schallerova, is a young girl whose entrance into womanhood (after her magic earrings of innocence are stolen) is accompanied by surreality, eccentric carnivals and mystical rituals along with scary vampires and witches. At the time of its release, the film created a lot of controversy, especially with its daring sexuality (Jaroslava was only 14, then). Fortunately, unlike so many other great Czech films, this one is available on DVD even in America (with English subtitles). You can find it on Amazon or eBay.

Little bit of trivia: Petr Kopriva plays Orlik (Czech for Eagle), the young man who steals Valerie's earrings. Petr would eventually become Jarka's husband in real life. Despite their age difference when they met (he was 22, 8 years older than her), they became friends during filming, started dating later on and then married when Jarka was 20 in 1976. They are still together and have two sons.

The following are some promotional photos Jarka took while filming this European cult classic.

Raquel & Tahnee Welch - Like Mother, Like Daughter

Raquel Welch's little girl, Tahnee, in ironed-smooth hair, short bangs. Mother Raquel, actress and legend, with hair heaped around her sensational face by Carrie White of Beverly Hills. Mornings, things are helped along by two fat rollers left for an hour and back-combed for the look of lots. Miss Welch's dress by Rudi Gernreich; child's dress, Bambola. - Ladies Home Journal, November 1967

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Trend Tips For Autumn '68 (or '09)

Because certain articles are hard to scan and since I don't want to ruin old magazines (by too much bending and page-turning) that are not in the best condition to begin with, I guess some things I'm just going to type up.

Light your own autumn bonfire with bright-red lipstick for younger, poutier lips. The glorious crimson lips and nails America went to war with in the late thirties and early forties when Joan Crawford and Rita Hayworth were Technicoloring up the nation's movie screens are being rediscovered by young moderns. Update your look with maraschino, pomegranate, or fire-engine red. Accent with saucy bows, "Bonnie" berets, and pleated skirts. And, for Pete's sake, get someone to find you a megaphone. They're great for football games. - Cosmopolitan Magazine, October 1968

Well, I'm a little inspired to update my look. Minus the megaphone.

Outdoor Girl Raquel Welch

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Anjanette Comer

One of my favorite things about being a fan of Sixties Cinema is finding out about new movies and actors/actresses I didn't pay much attention to before. Anjanette Comer is my latest discovery. I dig her look and am looking forward to seeing more of her films.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Samantha Juste's Autumn Double

How cute are these outfits? Especially the Day Suit.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Samantha Jones for Cosmopolitan Magazine

Samantha was photographed by Francesco Scavullo.
Purple evening culottes by Jon Haggins. Jewelry by K.J.L.
Makeup by Cover Girl; the lipstick is "Pearly Coral"; the blush
on her cheeks is "Natural Pink". Hairstyle by Ellen Kulesa
of Nan Orcel.

I didn't really pay much attention to this gorgeous model until a couple of months ago when I got my hands on the January '69 issue of Cosmopolitan. That's when I noticed her unique face and incredible style. All I have to say for now: expect to see a lot more of her on this blog.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Teen Model Joyce For American Girl Magazine

Joyce leaves the art exhibition at the New York Public Library in a 100% Shetland wool coat, an emerald gem...cuffed and surplice collared in rich rabbit, dyed "foxy". Steffi Fashions, sizes 6-14, about $55.

I am SO in love with this coat!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Eva Gabor..."Vary Vell I Run A House"

Eva Gabor, that California woman by way of Budapest, breezed in: brown chiffon pants-gown, yellow backless shoes, pearl earrings and the complexion of a college Homecoming Queen. We cheered her appearance. "I'm very small, five feet vun and a half inches," she said shortly. "I used to dress like I vud be tall until I came to the conclusion that I'm short, and I'm round, and I'm Hungarian, and I'm never going to be tall whatever I do." When Eva was chaired and quenched, the question landed: Would you ever like to be just a housewife? Her sweeping laugh: "I theenk I vud go mad! But you said 'just a housewife,' which is not fair, because being a housewife is very hard and nobody gives any credit. I like to be appreciated ven I verk. Also I'm not a good cook. (Looking at her husband Richard Brown.) Do you remember that hamburger I made you once? I made him a hamburger once and it looked like dog food because I vanted to make it so good that I put in av-rything I find in the kitchen, and consequently I put in a raw egg and it just vent in all directions. I am one of the verst talents in the kitchen, and vary vell I run a house, but cooking--put me in a kitchen and you starve to death. I'm a frustrated singer. I vud rather sing than anything in the world. I'm taking singing lessons. But naturally I can't sing and I don't have any voice, but I vud just love to. I take lessons from George, oh vot's his name, he's in my phone book under singing, but I've packed the phone book. July first I have to be back in California to shoot Green Acres for CBS television. It's amazing how audiences took to this show. I love the sudden fame, I must say. Any actress who says it isn't vunderful to be famous, I don't think they tell you the truth."
-Ladies Home Journal, July 1967

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Jean Shrimpton...She Hates To Be Fancy

THE WORLD'S most beautiful model, London's Jean Shrimpton, is off on a new career: The cinema, ducks. She makes her film debut in Privilege, directed by 31-year-old Peter Watkins, who rushed to fame with The War Game. Felice Gordon, the agent who handled her modeling, stopped to talk about The Shrimp's new and old careers. Like this: "Jean was making outrageous, just outrageous sums of money. She could make $3,000 a day with a single assignment. She's 24, though, and that's old for the youth-oriented market, so of course she has to be replaced, the public is fickle. She's incredibly beautiful, but then so was Suzy Parker--such a gorgeous face in her day. Jean's bought a house, and she wants nothing more than to putter around in it and be with her own little friends. She hates parties, and rarely will go, only if it's a special friend, and then she wears just what she happens to have on that day. Hates to be fancy. Twiggy is popular now because she's only 17 and the public is demanding youth now. But she's really a bit ordinary to stay for long: I mean, one can't respect that face too long." Felice, not Feline.
-Ladies Home Journal, July 1967

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Max Factor introduces the 1969 Fashion Lashes.

If anyone can identify any of these models, please do let me know.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Jane Asher In Disguise

Jane strikes a fun pose for Teen Life Magazine (October 1966).

The Buttercup Chain (1970)came out on DVD last month. Get your copy today!