From “The Face of Garbo” by Roland Barthes, translated from the French by Annette Lavers: “Garbo still belongs to that moment in cinema when capturing the human face still plunged audiences into the deepest ecstasy, when one literally lost oneself in a human image as one would in a philtre, when the face represented a kind of absolute state of the flesh, which could be neither reached nor renounced.”
GIF: Greta Garbo, in The Joyless Street, 1925.
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2:32 pm • 22 June 2014 • 1,084 notes
“Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it’s all a male fantasy: that you’re strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about it. Even pretending you aren’t catering to male fantasies is a male fantasy: pretending you’re unseen, pretending you have a life of your own, that you can wash your feet and comb your hair unconscious of the ever-present watcher peering through the keyhole, peering through the keyhole in your own head, if nowhere else. You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur.”
— Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride (via funeral)
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2:32 pm • 22 June 2014 • 20,422 notes
“I am thinking of you. What else can I say?”
— Margaret Atwood, excerpt from “Postcards” (via larmoyante)
2:32 pm • 22 June 2014 • 4,613 notes
“Even so, I must admire your skill.
You are so gracefully insane.”
— Anne Sexton (via writingwillows)
2:31 pm • 22 June 2014 • 6,783 notes
At 16 you left home, at 17 you stood in front of a film camera, at 19 you bought an apartment, at 20 you tied the knot for the first time, at 24 for the second time and at 26 you adopted your first child. What’s the rush?
You’re right, I was in a damn hurry. My driving force was that I only believed in today and was full of panic to live my life only just half. My grandmother and my mother died early. That’s why I’ve never believed that there could be fairy tales, happy endings and a perfect family in my life. I have to work on being able to take a deep breath and to enjoy my life. Because I know how abruptly life can be over I’m always thinking at the end of the day, that I haven’t done enough. I simply can’t let go of this feeling of urgency. - Angelina Jolie.
2:26 pm • 22 June 2014 • 28,243 notes
“I’m not sure what poetry is, although I’m good at finding it anywhere: in a conversation, in the lyrics of a tango, in books of metaphysics, in sayings, and even in some poems.”
— Jorge Luis Borges (via spokemnemosyne)
2:25 pm • 22 June 2014 • 376 notes
“Why do people go to the cinema? What takes them into a darkened room where, for two hours, they watch the play of shadows on a sheet? The search for entertainment? The need for a kind of drug? All over the world there are, indeed, entertainment firms and organisations which exploit cinema and television and spectacles of many other kinds. Our starting-point, however, should not be there, but in the essential principles of cinema, which have to do with the human need to master and know the world. I think that what a person normally goes to the cinema for is time: for time lost or spent or not yet had. He goes there for living experience; for cinema, like no other art, widens, enhances and concentrates a person’s experience—and not only enhances it but makes it longer, significantly longer. That is the power of cinema: ‘stars’, story-lines and entertainment have nothing to do with it.”
— Andrei Tarkovsky, Sculpting In Time (1987)
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2:25 pm • 22 June 2014 • 181 notes
Catherine Deneuve, photographed by Benoît Peverelli during Cannes Film Festival, for Madame Figaro, June 8, 2014.
11:30 am • 22 June 2014 • 1,512 notes