Monthly Archives: November 2013

Blog Entries Will Return…

As I complete the book, blog entries are temporarily on hold.  Rest assured, however, they will be back!  Many exciting things are happening behind the scenes and there is much I am looking forward to sharing (including many more images of the lovely and talented Miss La Marr).

For now, I leave you with the striking portraiture of Herold Rodney Eaton Phyfe (better known as Hal Phyfe).  Phyfe utilized his background in sculpting and painting to produce sketches for magazines and film studios throughout the 1920s.  His renderings, often done in pastels, melded his dramatic flair with his ability to capture the subtle intricacies of his subjects’ personas.  “…If the eyes have ‘it’,” he believed, “everything else will be forgotten in their vivid, compelling attraction.  Eyes create individuality, they are the spokesman for the soul, the character, the mind.”

Image from a promotional brochure for Barbara’s 1924 film SANDRA.

Image from a promotional brochure for Barbara’s 1924 film SANDRA.

Photoplay cover, January 1924.

Notes:

“…If the eyes have ‘it’,”: Shields, David S., “Hal Phyfe,” http://broadway.cas.sc.edu/content/hal-phyfe