Dietrich and Davis
July 29, 2010
Today I'm setting aside "the history" of coming attraction slides and simply enjoying "the art." Here are two of my favorites, Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus (1932) and Bette Davis in Dark Victory (1939). These slides lack all the graphic elements typically employed to convey genre, setting, plot, period, etc. Likewise missing is sensational text ("action packed!" "romantic" "don't miss!) or for that matter, any text at all. Without literally telling you anything about the film, they in fact tell you everything you really need to know.