Haven't seen AUTUMN LEAVES in eons, but I recall it had a disturbed vibe to it -- but then I don't think I'd seen too many CrawfordAutumn Leaves: Crawford's latter-career outing, released in 1956. It came on TCM some months ago, and I watched it. It was recently re-aired, and I'm re-watching as I type this. Personally, I find the film quite good. Of course, it isn't Crawford's best; nor is it her worst, either. She and Cliff Robertson have good on-screen chemistry together, and the movie overall plays quite well. I did notice, however, that their was considerable effort to "soften" Crawford's look and aid the illusion that she wasn't as old as she was (and, in turn, feeding the ego of Miss Crawford). (She around 52 in 1956, depending on which year of birth you side with that is.) Naturally, this is (arguably) achieved by the black-and-white filming, and shades cast across her neck, which is often covered with turtle necks.
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In the '50s, obviously, short hair really came in for women, especially women of a certain age, and I guess always-fashion-conscious Joan just hopped on board.I just will never understand what Joan did to her face, intentionally and even without surgery. I mean she was a very beautiful woman, and she clearly knew about fashion and an aesthetic. So I cant for the life me understand why she made herself look so hard as she aged. The short hair, the over emphasised brows the overdrawn lips. It made her look very unfeminine somehow. The worst thing about her appearance from the '50s on is that hair. It makes her look combative, aggressive and man-ish. Her hair looked great in the '40s, sort of shoulder length and worn down. She should have embraced that style as her signature look. Her hair up or very short emphasises her strong bone structure, but probably overly so. It's too square, too angular, it's more handsome somehow. It needed softness around it. When I see her with the short hair or hair pinned up I always think drag queen in a wig cap.
I get that but Joan's own particular short look was just so strange. Not all like the other '50s cuts that actresses had. That super short fringe and then those little rolls around the back. Joan's is just bizarre compared to the likes of these. Any of the Elizabeth Taylor styles would have suited her much more I think.In the '50s, obviously, short hair really came in for women, especially women of a certain age,
Crawford's return to MGM was a source of mixed emotions for the star. Because Lana Turner, Ava Gardner and Kathryn Grayson weren't working at the time, their dressing rooms were combined into a grandiose suite for Crawford, who was notorious for living at the studio while making a film. The day she arrived, a large banner reading "WELCOME BACK, JOAN" hung over the studio's front gate, and a red carpet had been laid from her parking space to the dressing room door. On the first day of shooting, Crawford presented the crew, many of them old friends, with gifts, a ceremony she usually reserved for the last day. But this was very much a new MGM to Crawford. When she toured the lot and met the current crop of young stars -- including Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van and Anne Francis, she quipped "Lovely children, but where are the stars." She was particularly dismissive of leading man Michael Wilding's wife, Elizabeth Taylor, referring to her as "Princess Brat." When the younger, more publicity worthy actress insisted on visiting her husband during shooting, Crawford finally left orders that she be barred from the set.