Thursday, June 27, 2013
And it turns out she was a good actress too. What a bonus for me.
I saw her only once, shortly before she died. It was at the MGM commissary during lunch and I almost passed out.
Needless to say I've seen all of her movies and read quite a few books about her. I went to Catalina to retrace her last steps. But there's nothing obsessive about that. All casual fans do the same thing, right?
Anyway, by request, here are a couple of Natalie Wood photos and something more. So much of eroticism is in the mind. Seeing what we're forbidden to see is what makes something stimulating. And I'm going to show you Natalie Wood's most erotic scene. But it's not sexy for the reason you expect.
It's the famous bathtub scene in SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS. You're thinking -- oh sure, it's erotic because she's naked in a bathtub. Other than her bare back you don't really see anything. Still, you're saying -- just the suggestion that she's naked is exciting. Nope. That's not it.
So back to SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS. There was this scene in the bathtub. It would look unnatural for someone to be naked except for a bracelet and so somehow director Elia Kazan convinced her to remove it.
So that's what erotic! Not to turn this blog into X-rated porn, but in the following scene you actually see Natalie Wood's left wrist. Is that a giant turn-on or what?
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM