“’It’ is that quality possessed by some which draws all others wit
h its magnetic force. With ‘It’ you win all men if you are a woman – and all women if you are a man.”
h its magnetic force. With ‘It’ you win all men if you are a woman – and all women if you are a man.”– Elinor Glyn This month, Vintage Vivant is so excited to announce that we are teaming up with the Alamo Ritz Theatre to bring you It (1927), Clara Bow's most famous silent film, featuring Reese Gray playing stride piano along with the movie. Bow is a gateway actress for many of us first exposed to silent films, & for good reason! Nearly 100 years later she still reads as fresh on the screen, and I can't think of an actress that is as consistently adorable. We hope
you will join us for this authentic cinematic experience when it becomes just your eyeballs caressing Clara's 20 foot face in the dark. Kathy of 16 Sparrows writes a lovely synopsis of the film when she saw it in Chicago last year. Young Clara in the early 1920s was just emerging from an extremely broken home in Brooklyn & got into Hollywood by way of a Fame and Fortune acting contest. A survivor of rape, incest and vicious Hollywood rumors, MGM executive Paul Bern said Bow was “the greatest emotional actress on the screen”, “sentimental, simple, childish and sweet”, and considered her “hard-boiled attitude” a “defense mechanism”. Who's that in the front?!
Bow was often criticized by other stars for being too bohemian and ill mannered. She still got 45,000 fan letters a week!
It isn't beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It's just 'It'. Some women will stay in a man's memory if they once walk down the street.
In the dark of the theatre, allow yourself to become lost in the landscape of her face: from the fluffy crown of unkempt curls to the sculpted cupid's bow lip, Clara exemplified the style of the Flapper and earned her the title of Hottest Jazz Baby in Hollywood.
In her youth, Clara didn't get along with the other girls, who teased her for her frizzy hair and unkempt clothes. She was known for roughhousing with boys and getting herself into scraps on the playground. No wonder she was a perfect fit for this eventual tough girl persona! However, she transforms just as sweetly into a silk swathed siren of the bedroom, dressed in lace and lined with kohl. “Her face had a certain winsome quality that defended her against any accusation of intentional seduction” – Kevyn Aucoin In his book, Making Faces, Kevyn Aucoin transformed Demi Moore into Clara Bow in this iconic photoshoot. Here is another step-by-step tutorial. What cost $346.50 in 1925 would cost $4,272.35 in 2010. We hope you can assemble your outfit for the next Vintage Vivant for much less! Discovering the It Girl – a 5 part documentary about Clara Bow's life. Snippets of “It” with the song “She's Got It” by Harry Reaser Lost film clips from several of Bow's silent films – some in color! Clara sings in True to the Navy (1930)