Kim Novak, by her fans...


 

 

 

 

 

 


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that Novak charm

J.M. Cook, a student of film and an enthusiast of Kim Novak's work had these insightful and enlightening comments to make about Kim Novak's unique contribution to the film world:



"You either get Kim Novak, or you don't. If you are so lucky to see that she is not merely another blonde actress of the fifties, then you are aware of the enigmatic woman with eyes that hide a great deal of depth and intelligence. For all the self-consciousness that Novak brings to the screen, she also brings something raw and real and wounded that simply can't be faked.

In my opinion, she was a true method actress--not trained in that arena initially, but intuitively she reached deep inside herself and pulled out emotions that were undeniably real. She could add an element of tragedy to the most banal of scripts, and give a dimension to a glossy Hollywood film that seems more at home in a Bergman film. What other actress of that period could do that? Sure, there were ones more technically skilled as performers, more polished and comfortable with taking on personas, but how many of them truly touch us the way Novak can in a simply pained look?

I would love to have seen what a Cukor or a Bergman could have accomplished with her--I think many of the layers of her persona remain untapped on film. It's so easy to dismiss someone of her beauty--and some of the lesser pictures she appeared in--but I really believe she had a primal quality that the discriminating viewer picks up on and recognizes for the very special thing it is. I'm so glad other people out there appreciate her work. Keep spreading the word that there is this underappreciated and overwhelmingly touching woman.

I have been enraptured by her singular presence since I viewed "Vertigo" at the age of eleven. I was entranced by that mysterious, otherworldly quality that Hitchcock utilized so well. I followed that film with "Bell, Book and Candle" where I saw more of that same special quality--as if she wore her angst and pain right behind her beautiful face. These two films made such an impression on me that now, at the age of 25, I still consider them my favorite.

I guess I respond to the fact that in each film she is a figure from another world--in "Vertigo" she is a mythical goddess-type figure and in "Bell" she is a witch! These roles seem to suit her best in that they capitalize on that quality that is so unique about her. Marilyn Monroe had her moments but did she ever seem anything more than a human being--even at her most beautiful, we can see that she walks on the ground. Not necessarily so with Kim."

12/99 J.M. Cook, maisonvivante@yahoo.com






C.M. in Coral Springs, FL had this to say about Novak's appeal:


Without a doubt Kim was one of the most beautiful actresses I have ever seen. It is not an exaggeration to say that when you watch her in Of Human Bondage you can easily imagine how Laurence Harvey could become obsessed with her. I don't believe that could be "pulled off" with any other actress of that time.

I concur with what your other writers have observed. She was mysterious, beautiful, and enigmatic. You wanted to know more about her because she held something back which made her even more desirable.

Vertigo was one of her best performances with Jimmy Stewart. In my mind she was the equal to Grace Kelly although comparing the two was like comparing apples with oranges. The difference was that Kim had a very sensous body and Grace was more in line with today's cinema preference for the "thin" woman.

Anyway, as a young boy growing up in the early 60's Kim Novak was the first actress I watched that I fell in love with. She could truly "cast a spell" on you.

C. Fisk wrote me this wonderful memory about Kim Novak:

When I was a youngster in Chicago Illinois. We 15 year old boys would sometimes get into a contest as to who we would have as our ideal date. Some went the obvious route with Marilyn Monroes or Jane Mansfield. Others took a more refined route and choose Debbie Reynolds or Mitzi Gaynor. I used to come back with Kim Novak and that ended the contest. As in "No fair". I had brought a gun to a knife fight.

You can only imagine the effect she had on us boys in the fifties.
Kim had a special sort of quiet understated magic which we certainly do not have today. Possibly princess Di had something like it.
Marylin had a touch of it. For sure Madonna does NOT have it.

For myself, the favorites are her roles in "The man with the Golden Arm"and "Pal Joey" . The look on her face when she leaves the club at the end with Frank is classic Kim. And of course, PICNIC. A lot of young lads lost a lot of sleep over that. "Madge, always the pretty one"


She is certainly one of the sexiest, most attractive girls ever. Yet, that was not the magic. Her magic was partly in the fact that she was just like the girl you took to the prom.



NOT KIM NOVAK, a post from my guestbook:

I am eleven years younger than Kim Novak. I know that she
was born in 1933, and that she is now 68. Beginning when I was around 14 yrs. of age, in junior highschool (before I knew who she was), continuing all through high school, into college and for many, many years thereafter, I was stopped on a nearly daily basis and either told that I looked like her; asked if I was Kim Novak; or people followed me around in the streets, or followed me AND asked for "my" autograph. I refused to sign her autograph, and simply
said that I was not she.

People said that they thought that I was trying to avoid my public, and that I was probably tired of people invading my privacy. (That part was true.) I began to feel that I WAS Kim Novak, and I was very self conscious. Sometimes, people merely stared.

I didn't like this attention, and when she resigned from moviemaking,
people still made comments. Some of the younger generation didn't know who she was, so the "recognition" GRADUALLY lessened, along with Kim's leaving show biz. Then, she did a couple of "comeback" films, and had a regular role in a TV series. Occasionally, someone would stop me in public and say something.

Now, she is retired, I believe, and living her very private life.
One day, while she was doing that TV series, one of my younger
brothers (who works in the TV industry), and was working on a nearby set, was browsing around in a shop. He found a small, flat, circular hand mirror with what he thought was MY photo on the back of it. It was actually a photo of Kim Novak. He bought it for me and attached it to a signed photograph that he got personally from her, and put those in a frame and gave them to me for my birthday, stuffed inside a brown paper bag.

My brother had told her about "his sister" who had been bugged for
years by HER fans, and had asked her for the autographed photo.
I don't have that photo handy at the moment, but she wrote something
like, "To Nehssa, from your "look alike," Kim Novak." I laughed, of
course, and was very surprised that my brother had gone to all that
trouble.

Kim was NEVER a favorite of mine, but I was certainly very aware of
her. It was scary, but amusing, all those years, fending off Kim
Novak's fans. I know that she had a lot of them! Just think of how
many more of those fans approached HER!

Looking back on it, especially now (nearing 60), I recognize that all
of that attention was flattering, but what a PAIN! I lost track of the
number of confrontations, but I remember a lot of them with a smile.

signed,

NOT Kim Novak

WILLIAM in AUSTRALIA wrote this commentary about Kim

The shot of Kim in Vertigo donning that grey suit for Jimmy Stewart is more erotic than a million Sharon Stones uncrossing their legs.

I first saw Hitch's masterpiece as a young teenager growing up in New Zealand. It was panned by the "critics" then, ignored by the public, and had only a two-week run in a city cinema, where I first saw it. I then pursued it around the suburban cinemas (there were dozens in those days).

Kim as Madeleine/Judy still haunts me, as does Bernie Herrmann's music and Robert Burks' cinematography. Was it subconsciousness that, when I became an adult, I bought Jaguar cars like the one Kim drives through San Francisco?

And why have there been beautiful blondes in my life, including my wife? (These thoughts have just occurred to me as I write this email!) As a boy, I also enjoyed Kim in Pal Joey (I bought the soundtrack), Middle of the Night, Jeanne Eagels and, later, The Legend of Lylah Clare.

WILLIAM STANLEY williamstanley2002@yahoo.com.au



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