Archive for Nell Gwyn

The Unexpected #3

Posted in FILM with tags , , on October 15, 2010 by dcairns

Dorothy Gish’s rack.

Well, it is unexpected, right? All the more so in a British picture (any part of a Gish sister is unexpected in such a picture), and one from Mr Respectable himself, Herbert Wilcox, whom I always associate with prestigious period pictures (yawn) — like this one, NELL GWYN.

But, owing to its subject, the orange-seller turned actress turned king’s consort — for which, read “prostitute turned prostitute turned prostitute” — and the movie has a certain racy tang. Which is fully reflected in its costume design.

And my DVD stops working at exactly this frame.

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