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I’ve Been Ready for my Close-up Mr. DeMille

Ive Been Ready for my close-up Mr. DeMille

A few weeks back a friend reminded me that it was Gloria Swanson’s birthday. You know the  American actress, singer, and producer perhaps best known for her role as Norma Desmond, a reclusive silent film star, in the critically acclaimed 1950 film, Sunset Boulevard. I am a film noir aficionado and that movie is part of my popular culture being.

At one point in the film this fading Hollywood star turns and says “I’m ready for my closeup, Mr. De Mille.”  Actually, that is a grand misquote. It happens in popular culture. What she actually said was ““All right, Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my closeup.”  Not much of a difference, but one nonetheless. The second (and correct one) being more forceful and diva-like and the former being a bit sad and forsaken.

Me, I have been ready for my close up. I have at times stood a little to the side of the spotlight. Now I say bring it on. Show my nuances. Show my prickliness. Show how even a close up can distort reality. There is not just one truth. Capture the aura.

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  1. Being a photographer and artist, I’m a bit of a purist (at heart) and appreciate good old fashioned stripped down SOOTC (straight out of the camera) unedited photos. But one of my favourite types of pics are impressionistic (slow shutter/long exposure) photography. Your second pic is a great example of that. So dreamy and fluid. It really tells a story! (The others are great too. :0) And I totally know who Swanson is. I have a “thing” for classic MGM studio era (particularly Joan Crawford) and Goldwyn and Mayer and the gang. I think “Mildred Pierce” is the best movie ever made. Have you seen it? You can watch it free online at many places. It’s a MUST see. x

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