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Beauty Break: Headdresses

I've been holding on to this picture of Sigourney Weaver as "Tuya" from Exodus for a couple of days without any idea what to say about it other than 'thank god Sigourney's signature directors still love her'. Between Ridley Scott (Alien) and James Cameron (Aliens), Lt. Ellen Ripley will always find her way back to decent roles on the big screen.

But I don't understand the casting of that movie at all. Everyone is SO white, like pasty white. Especially Joel Edgerton as Ramses. In The Ten Commandments that role went to Yul Brynner. Though Brynner was also white, a white Russian to be exact though that sounds alcoholic and we're not talking about how drunk looking at Yul makes me, he had that exotic visual flair that had Hollywood casting him in every conceivable ethnicity. Kind of the way Ben Kingsley who is Indian British is used now, only sexier.

Let's stick with the sexy.  The Film Experience loves a good headdress on the big screen. Here are some of the best.  

Thou Shalt Not Lust After Yul Brynner - a commandment no one kept ever

Holy Smoke! It's Kate Winslet

Brigitte Helm - Pure Metropolis Evil!
Little Keanu Buddha

Josephine Baker
Phantom Headdress modelled by Natalie Portman

Norma ShearerWhen even your headdress cant compete with your cleavage

Hedy Lamarr who needs a biopic in the worst way. so fascinating

Headdress overachiever Whitney Houston in "The Bodyguard"

And the all time headdress champions, Cher & Elizabeth Taylor...

Cher as Half Breed, Endless Touring Performer, and Oscar Fixture


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Lovely selection. I would definitively add Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria (singing Le Jazz Hot) and Ana Belén in La corte de Faraón.

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

What is really embarrassing about Exodus is that they seem to have cast ethnic actors in every none noteworthy role, based on its imdb page.

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

"The Glass Bottom Boat"(1966). Doris Day looked terrific in her Mata Hari costume, complete with shimmering blue headdress.

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKen

Systematic white supremacy only surprises white people. Hollywood sees white first for everything.

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

That first pic would have been perfect for a dialogue, any thoughts?

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJorge

Yes to "Le Jazz Hot"!

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

I got weird Supporting actress winner vibes from that photo of Weaver it's like she chanelling Anne Baxter.

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

what on earth is that thing on La Taylor's head in that last pic?!

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

Between Exodus and Joe Wright's self-proclaimed "multicultural" Peter Pan that has Rooney Mara playing Tiger Lily-White, I cannot deal with all this whitewashing bullshit right now. I feel like nowadays period/large ensemble dramas repeatedly forget the fact that they're allowed to have POC in substantial roles that don't draw attention to their race, if only for the fact that it makes for a breathing, organic landscape, because, you know, we exist in this world too. Many of the new prestigious directors especially-- Wright, Russell, Payne, Nolan, etc barely ever cast POC. Really very frustrating to watch and just shows how frozen in storytelling tradition innovative people can be, even as it resembles less and less of reality

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

and just who is that gentleman with the competing cleavage? Um, for research purposes.

Another "yes" to "Le Jazz Hot" here, too.

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

forever -- that would be Kellan Lutz in The Immortals (2011)

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Kate Winslet in what movie is that??

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercraver

I thought that first picture was Diana Rigg.

Other headdresses:
Mia Farrow in Gatsby
Everyone in Priscilla Queen of the Dessert.
The Fern headdress in Wigstock
Flash Gordon (the remake with Sam Jones)
Nora Desmond.


July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

A Hedy Lamarr biopic. Agreed. She was considered on of the world's great beauties during Hollywood's Golden Age, worked with some top movie talent, but never achieved major stardom. Did you know she wrote a biography in the mid-60: Ecstasy and Me: My Life as a Woman? I snuck read it in middle school. She also was an inventor, who helped develop the basis for today's wireless communications. She led quite a fascinating life.

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

craver -- that's HOLY SMOKE!

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Don't forget Carmen Miranda!

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZeke

Yes, i look at Yul Brynner and think my oh my. But then he starts to MOVE, with that prowling panther walk, and my jaw just drops. Not enough actors have a great walk anymore.

July 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteradri

How beautiful is/was Keanu?

I cannot believe they have cast a white Australian as Ramses.

July 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

where's Diane Lane in The Cotton Club?

July 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Jersey

I would add Nicole Kidman in the Indian number at the end of "Moulin Rouge". She looked faboulous with her headdress. And although it's technically a hat, what Audrey Hepburn wore in her head for Ascott in "My Fair Lady" is mythic.

July 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCCA

And Greta Garbo's in Mata-Hari! Iconic.

July 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeisgrados

I was shocked that Nicole Kidman wasn't included for her headdress in the Hindi Sad Diamonds number at the end of Moulin Rouge.

July 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTom

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