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Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Vamp



Why are there no more vamps in Hollywood, or indeed, around the world anymore?

Look at Theda Bara, the woman whose name was popularly believed to have been an anagramme made from then best selling pulp novel, "Arab Death".

(She'd probably have to go into hiding for that, these days)

The closest thing to the vamp character, which so delighted the cheesy tastes of the 1920s male audience, is perhaps Angelina Jolie -- she of the Billy Bob Thornton vial of blood around her neck, and those impeccably evil lips of hers.

But even then, one gets the merest hint that it's not exactly a put-on, but rather, a lifestyle choice -- the exact opposite of the campy schlock of a true vamp.

Theda Bara owes something of her craft to man-eaters like Mata Hari, or the willy-snipping revenge of Lorena Bobbit, who not coincidentally, has very sunken, demonic eyes too.

The whole incarnation of the vamp, is a completely modern creation, which you can see reflected in the photograph above...

One that even today, doesn't look terribly dated, if only for the torpedo cups Theda Bara wears with such gravity-defying sexiness.

Perhaps, in terms of sheer ghastliness on screen, no one has held a candle to Theda's ilk since then, than Helena Bonham-Carter.



Any woman with that much kohl under her eyelids, is automatically a vamp diva. Or just dirty.

I miss the days of the vamp, without ever once wanting to look like one.

A) I'm too fair. B) I'm too clean. C) I want to devour men's wallets, not precisely their bodies.

If not for me, then for others though.

But the silliness, the self-conscious "devourer of man" antics, the look of steely death warmed up:

That fun, is gone forever from our screens.

Goodbye Theda Bara. Hello Scarlett Johanssen. Sigh.

11 Comments:

  • A) I'm too fair. B) I'm too clean.

    May I recommend goth-style? Ok, minus the piercings and tat's, but that's pretty much what the vamp style reminds me of. Pale skin, high-contrast clothing and accessories would make a Queen Goth in no time!

    By Blogger I R A Darth Aggie, at Thu Sep 28, 11:29:00 am GMT-4  

  • May I recommend goth-style? Ok, minus the piercings and tat's, but that's pretty much what the vamp style reminds me of.

    Kinda, you're right.

    But goth chicks are the opposite of the slinky, sexy type of woman, needed to be a real vamp.

    Goth chicks are almost to a woman, feminists (that I have met), and I though I think they would like the "woman on top" aggressiveness of the vamp, ultimately, the vamp is a figure of true allure, danger and mystery -- the better to lure men into their doom, MU-AHAHAHA!

    And Goth chicks just want to look different.

    Pale skin, high-contrast clothing and accessories would make a Queen Goth in no time!

    Well, actually...

    Back in the day, the very very far away day, you understand, Darthy, when I went to Oxford as a fresher, I had a bit of a goth period.

    If by Goth we mean:

    Did I dye my hair black? Yes.
    Did I put on black turtleneck sweaters? Yes.
    Did I dress in leather pants? Yes.
    Did I wear long black boots? Yes.

    So you see, even people you wouldn't think are goth, are.

    P.S.: I still wear black. In fact, black and white are my two fave "colours". But I also infuse a shot of pink, like my laptop cover or Motorola bluetooth headset. Pink rulez!

    P.P.S.: Bah, I'm no vamp. Theda Bara would kill me about the pink.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Sep 28, 12:26:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Sundries must see Linda Fiorentino in The Last Seduction...

    If not vamp, what Archetype do you hew to, Victoria? Girlie Girl? Diana Rigg in The Avengers? (I'd like to think so!) Queen Bee? Grande Dame, a la K.Hepburn? Ingrid Bergman?
    Noisy buttinskis like myself want to know...

    Johannson...yum, yum, where's my spoon?

    By Blogger Ron, at Thu Sep 28, 01:27:00 pm GMT-4  


  • Did I dye my hair black? Yes.
    Did I put on black turtleneck sweaters? Yes.
    Did I dress in leather pants? Yes.
    Did I wear long black boots? Yes.


    swoons Would it be overly forward of me to ask if I might bear your children?

    Goth chicks are almost to a woman, feminists

    Yes, I see what you mean. But then, all but the most ball-busting butchies understand the power their charms may wield. I find it comforting that even lesbians are not immune to those feminine wiles.

    By Blogger I R A Darth Aggie, at Thu Sep 28, 05:54:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Sundries must see Linda Fiorentino in The Last Seduction...

    Ooh, never having seen her in that, I will reserve commentary.

    But I shall IMDB, forthwith!

    If not vamp, what Archetype do you hew to, Victoria? Girlie Girl? Diana Rigg in The Avengers? (I'd like to think so!) Queen Bee? Grande Dame, a la K.Hepburn? Ingrid Bergman?

    Ingrid Bergman was not the Grand Dame Archetype!

    Clearly that was Bette Davis and as you say, Katharine Hepburn -- women who kowtowed to no one, and weren't exactly ladies, either, but rather gave off the powerful scent of upper-class mayhem.

    I WOULD like to say I am Diana Rigg in her Avenger years (she has, bar none, the most beautiful speaking voice I've ever heard personally -- I saw her on stage in Mother Courage) but...

    Noisy buttinskis like myself want to know...

    ...I'm not sure I qualify, because though we share that iceberg-heroine quality (in real life, I'm rather aloof, and yes rather regal), I'm just not in Rigg's league.

    Let's say I'm a Early Grand Dame, and we'll work from there. :)

    Johannson...yum, yum, where's my spoon?

    Ech. No talent, no account, know nothing whippersnapper.

    Johanssen, not you! ;)

    Cheeers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Sep 29, 01:24:00 am GMT-4  

  • swoons Would it be overly forward of me to ask if I might bear your children?

    Get in line, buster!

    Yes, I see what you mean. But then, all but the most ball-busting butchies understand the power their charms may wield.

    Perhaps, if they stopped long enough to want to use them (which they don't).

    I find it comforting that even lesbians are not immune to those feminine wiles.

    That is true. Someone once told me I am that rarest of women -- I give off attraction odours to both sexes.

    I wasn't comforted by this knowledge. WTF.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Sep 29, 01:26:00 am GMT-4  

  • Ech. No talent, no account, know nothing whippersnapper.

    Johanssen, not you! ;)


    Eh? What's that you say? Too busy being entranced by the gravity-defying chestal region...

    By Blogger Ron, at Fri Sep 29, 03:49:00 am GMT-4  

  • Eh? What's that you say? Too busy being entranced by the gravity-defying chestal region...

    This is incredible.

    I had to Google Images a photo of Johanssen, because I hadn't noticed her chestal region being that promiment.

    And just like the Nigella boob reply, there they were, perky and huge!

    Now, don't give that malarkey that I'm a woman and unless a tribadist, I wouldn't notice.

    We women NOTICE EVERYTHING, okay?

    I just have some kind of mental block with les boobies.

    Oh, BTW, thanks to whomever it was that mentioned Nigella Lawson and her ample bozoombas.

    That remark in my Woman Crush post, has brought me untold amount of search engine hits.

    In fact, just in case:

    Scarlet Scarlett Johanssen Johansson big boobs rack globes breasts enormous jugs breastesssess

    There, that should generate a least 1000 more hits. Thanks Ron!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Sep 29, 02:43:00 pm GMT-4  

  • "Oh, BTW, thanks to whomever it was that mentioned Nigella Lawson and her ample bozoombas."

    If you check, you'd see it was yours truly--although I wouldn't expect you to remember. That'd be too much to hope for! BTW, I said she was a little too well-"blessed" for my taste, and you supplied the necessary "Google-baiting," "Google-trolling" verbiage. Why does that not surprise me? ;-)

    By Anonymous Darrell, at Sat Sep 30, 12:58:00 am GMT-4  

  • If you check, you'd see it was yours truly--although I wouldn't expect you to remember.

    I'll take your word for it, Darrell. ;)

    That'd be too much to hope for! BTW, I said she was a little too well-"blessed" for my taste, and you supplied the necessary "Google-baiting," "Google-trolling" verbiage. Why does that not surprise me? ;-)

    Because I'm a hit counter biotch?

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Sep 30, 01:17:00 am GMT-4  

  • By Blogger Adi, at Thu Nov 05, 05:20:00 pm GMT-5  

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