I recently watched the 1960's version of H.G. Wells' Time Machine. Despite the "adorable" old timey effects, the movie is really enjoyable.
And as I watch movies from years gone by, I find they light the actresses really well. The girls tend to have a catchlight in their eye and just look great.
In fact, I like Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly a lot more than, say, Megan Fox or Keira Knightley. And Time Machine has Yvette Mimieux.
Since I'm always bummed when I can't find good pictures of actresses from old films, here are a few screen grabs. I think she plays the part of Weena very well:
Yvette Mimieux in Time Machine
What is it about the actresses in old films? Is it the lighting? The soft film quality? The studio look? Did girls just look better back then?
I really don't know what it is.
But there is something about filmmaking of the past that is different from today. And it's not just that we no longer frame people in the middle of the picture.
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