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Morphing Montage: Women in Film

Women in Film Marilyn Monroe Ava GardnerWomen in Film: Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, and dozens of movie actresses in curious morphing montage

A few dozen top international female movie stars, most of them Hollywood celebrities, are seen in the Women in Film morphing montage below created by Philip Scott Johnson. The faces belong to actresses from the 1910s to the early 21st century. (Image: The ’Daughter’ of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner — who sort of looks like a cross between Eleanor Parker and Cyd Charisse as well — in the Women in Film morphing montage.)

Just as interesting as trying to identify each of the famous faces is stopping the video while the morphing is going on, so you get Daughter of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner, or Daughter of Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Dandridge, or Daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and Sigourney Weaver. Some of those Daughters are quite pretty; others look like they’ve just landed on this planet. Others yet reminded me of the creepy face-on-face moment in Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, when Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson become one. Check it out:

Women in Film: From Mary Pickford to Halle Berry

In order of appearance, the Women in Film are: Mary Pickford (Coquette), Lillian Gish (The Birth of a Nation), Gloria Swanson (Sunset Blvd.), Marlene Dietrich (The Blue Angel), Norma Shearer (Marie Antoinette), Ruth Chatterton (Madame X), Jean Harlow (Red Dust), Katharine Hepburn (Adam’s Rib), Carole Lombard (My Man Godfrey), Bette Davis (The Little Foxes), Greta Garbo (Ninotchka), Barbara Stanwyck (Sorry, Wrong Number), Vivien Leigh (Gone with the Wind), Greer Garson (Random Harvest), Hedy Lamarr (Samson and Delilah), Rita Hayworth (Gilda), Gene Tierney (Leave Her to Heaven), and Olivia de Havilland (The Heiress).

Also: Ingrid Bergman (Gaslight), Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce), Ginger Rogers (The Major and the Minor), Loretta Young (The Farmer’s Daughter), Deborah Kerr (Black Narcissus), Judy Garland (The Clock), Anne Baxter (The Razor’s Edge), Lauren Bacall (To Have and Have Not), Susan Hayward (With a Song in My Heart), Ava Gardner (Mogambo), Marilyn Monroe (The Seven Year Itch), Grace Kelly (Dial M for Murder), Lana Turner (Peyton Place), Elizabeth Taylor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Kim Novak (Vertigo), Audrey Hepburn (The Nun’s Story), Dorothy Dandridge (Carmen Jones), Shirley MacLaine (The Apartment), Natalie Wood (Splendor in the Grass), and Rita Moreno (West Side Story).

Plus: Janet Leigh (Psycho), Brigitte Bardot (Contempt), Sophia Loren (Two Women), Ann-Margret (Carnal Knowledge), Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music), Raquel Welch (Fantastic Voyage), Tuesday Weld (Pretty Poison), Jane Fonda (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?), Julie Christie (Darling), Faye Dunaway (Bonnie and Clyde), Catherine Deneuve (Belle de Jour), Jacqueline Bisset (The Deep), Candice Bergen (Starting Over), Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet), Diane Keaton (Looking for Mr. Goodbar), Goldie Hawn (Foul Play), Meryl Streep (Sophie’s Choice), Susan Sarandon (Atlantic City), Jessica Lange (Frances), and Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys).

Last batch of Women in Film: Sigourney Weaver (Working Girl), Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone), Holly Hunter (Broadcast News), Jodie Foster (The Accused), Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got to Do with It), Demi Moore (Indecent Proposal), Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct), Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally…), Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman), Salma Hayek (Frida), Sandra Bullock (Miss Congeniality), Julianne Moore (Far from Heaven), Diane Lane (Unfaithful), Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Traffic), Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted), Charlize Theron (Monster), Reese Witherspoon (Election), and Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball).

Music: Bach’s Prelude from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

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1 Comment to Women in Film Morphing Montage: Who Is That Face?

  1. dichrista

    I think this is great!  One thing it shows is that the ideal of feminine beauty is expressed by women of different shapes, sizes, colors–all of whom are so lovely.  They combine to show their special qualities for just a moment.  Fantastic!







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