According to Plato there exists in the Ideal realm a perfect form of beauty of which all beautiful appearances on Earth only elude to. We get mere glimpses of this perfection, some more pronounced than others. Unfortunately, lust has a way of interfering with this noble aspiration of seeking out the beautiful, its baseness contrasts with the supposed transcendental nature of the Ideal beauty underlying things. Now, I am a man, and a lesser being than Plato, so in my present attempt to capture this nobler essence, I inevitably fall trap to the sexual aura of the female form on occasion. Sex and beauty are hard for me to divorce. So in defense of this assemblage of stills I would just like to say that its not only the superficial properties of the image that I am responding to, but the context, the character as captured in these films, and from there, dare I say, an inner beauty shines through.
Feel free to share your exemplars of beauty below.
Be warned that there is some nudity (tasteful I assure you).
The Double Life of Veronique
Nights of Cabiria
The New World
Singin’ in the Rain
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Picnic on Hanging Rock
Melanie Laurent in Inglorious Basterds.
Veronica Lake in Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
Your daily dose of Feist
California Dreamin’ in Chungking Express
What lust looks like in film.
I would like a full report of the depictions I overlooked.
[in order of appearance: Natalie Portman in Closer ; Ludivine Sagnier in Swimming Pool ; Bridget Bardot in And God Created Woman ; Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut ; Rosario Dawson in 25th Hour ; Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct ; Kristen Stewart in Into the Wild ; Kiera Knightley in Atonement ; Lena Olin in The Unbearable Lightness of Being ; Katee Sackhoff in Battlestar Galactica season 3 - Unfinished business ; Romy Schneider in Choses de la vie; Jeanne Tripplehorn in Basic Instinct; Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut; Charlotte Gainsbourg and Wilhelm Dafoe in Antichrist; Romy Schneider in Clouzot’s Inferno; Michelle Williams in Deception; Kelly Preston and Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire; Amanda Seyfried in Chloe; Paz de la Huerta in Limits of Control; Valerie Chow in Chungking Express; Ziyi Zhang 2046; Natassja Kinski in Paris,Texas; Romy Schneider in Clouzot’s L’Enfer; Green Girl in Star Trek]
Bibi Anderson - The Seventh Seal