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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:
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?
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.
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
C.M. in Coral Springs, FL had this to say about Novak's appeal:
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.
can only imagine the effect she had on us boys in the fifties.
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"
NOT KIM NOVAK, a post from my guestbook:
I am eleven years
younger than Kim Novak. I know that 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,
Now, she is retired,
I believe, and living her very private life.
My brother had
told her about "his sister" who had been bugged for
Kim was NEVER
a favorite of mine, but I was certainly very aware of
Looking back on
it, especially now (nearing 60), I recognize that all
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 firstname.lastname@example.org