Faces I love

While Dennis Cozzalio is taking a much deserved break from the blogosphere (eventhough the time stamps below his most recent posts remind us we should take such a statement with a grain of salt), I thought I’d steal his idea and show you some faces I love.

Johanna ter Steege

She would have played the lead character in Stanley Kubrick’s Holocaust drama The Aryan Papers, if that project hadn’t been abandoned just weeks before production. Ter Steege’s fragile Dutch beauty last graced the screen in Nanouk Leopold’s mesmerizing Guernsey (2005). Which A-list director will give this actress the role of her lifetime?

Ian Holm

He gave life to a Hobbit, but something tells me Ian Holm may not be the nicest guy in the world. And yet, there’s a beautiful sadness to his gentle face that makes me want to hug him and tell him everything’s going to be all right.

Elena Anaya

I was struck by lightning when I first layed eyes on this Spanish knockout in Julio Medem’s Lucía y el Sexo / Sex and Lucia (2001). Point out any man at all and this baby will seduce the poor schmuck within a second. There’s only so much us guys can take.

John Lithgow

Although his theatrical brand of acting is hardly naturalistic, this face nails every humanly conceivable emotional nuance to perfection. Lithgow reflects the child in all of us: looney, jealous, innocent, overjoyed, clueless, whiney or just plain mean.

Jennifer Connelly

Hers must be the most beautiful eyes in the world. Hold me, I’m drowning in them right now…

Luis Guzmán

Pretty he ain’t. And why would he be? Big grins appear whenever this guy turns up in a supporting role. Admit it: everybody loves Luis!

David Lynch

He’s got a face much like his movies: uncanny, uneven (in a good way), mysterious and oddly amusing.

13 Responses to Faces I love

  1. max404 says:

    I absolutely agree on Johanna Ter Steege. One of the (many) reasons why the original Dutch version of “the Vanishing” is such a brilliant movie is the fact that, though she’s only in the first 5 minutes of the movie (well, approx.), she makes such a great impression that her radiant face stays with you for the rest of the movie (and makes the whole, obsessive search understandable, even necessary)

  2. Syb says:

    Elena Anaya is looking good Peet, but you should have chosen another picture. There are much better pictures…
    Suggestion: http://i.imdb.com/Photos/Ss/0338526/VHOSLG_VHBTS5Medium.jpg ?

  3. Peet, I love that shot of Johanna ter Steege. I loved her in THE VANIHING and VINCENT AND THEO, but I don’t think I’ve seen her in anything else. As for Guzman, you stole my thunder on that one… :)!

  4. Peet says:

    Ha ha, Syb. You got me there!

    Sorry for stealing your thunder, Dennis. Perhaps Jack Elam would be a good “ugly” replacement? 😉

  5. ruth wilday says:

    All the women are young and all the men are old. Sexist? I thnk so.

  6. Peet says:

    You’d be right if these were ALL the faces I loved. I adore Ellen Burnstyn, Vanessa Redgrave, Anette Bening and Glenn Close, too. I love my Mom’s face, but she isn’t working in the film industry. Relax, Ruth.

  7. Neil Fulwood says:

    Johanna ter Steege is also in Bernard Rose’s uneven Beethoven biopic ‘Immortal Beloved’. An under-rated but radiant actress.

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