Jane Russell b

Photographer: Gene Kornman (?), no date Degree of difficulty: Fairly easy (3 lights)

In the words of Howard Hughes, who gave Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell her first starring role (The Outlaw, 1943): There are two good reasons why men will go to see her.' In this picture, a more mature M$ Russell reminds us that she also had a vers* striking and lovely face.

The camera is probably tilled, so that in the original scene Ms Russell's head was upright. This trick of tilling the camera allows the stars to look calm and elegant, rather than strained or slumped.

An interesting aspect of this picture is its timelessness: it could be re-created with almost anyone in a roll-neck sweater, and it would seem as fresh and original as this must have when it was first printed. The absence of jewelry and the simple hairstyle mean that the picture is not dated at all. The make-up is perhaps the only drawback: the lips have been outlined a little too heavily to look natural bui a little too lightly to look contrived. There may be a tiny bit of diffusion, but it really is very slight, and it would be reproducible with a weak Softar or other high-quality soft focus screen on roll film. Alternatively, a cheap zoom might work well on 35 mm.

The lighting is straightforward 'loop,' with the key high and fairly well to camera right, and the fill just to camera left and somewhat lower. The catchlights from both arc visible in the eyes. A backlight makes up the lighting trinity, illuminating the hair and part of the collar - though something that is not immediately obvious is that the wool of the sweater changes color at the top of the neck.

Arguably at her finest and most athletic m the 1940s. v»t>en she was >n Ker twenties. Ms Charisse remaned a ttriVingly tovcty woman throughout the 1950s and beyond: and age d»d not seem to weary her legs. wfcKh. if anything, compeSed the eye even more than the rest of her


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