November 19, 2008

Are Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton "even allowed to be in the same movie?"

"Doesn't this... mess with the talented, very pale actress space-time continuum?"

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You know, I have a big problem with actresses these days looking too much alike. In an age of plastic surgery, there's a standardized insipid beauty that wrecks a lot of movies and can be downright confusing. But Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton don't represent that problem at all. They carry on the old tradition of highly distinctive beauty. Yet, even within that tradition, there can be too close a resemblance.

And then there's that wonderful "Coffee and Cigarettes" scene where Cate Blanchett plays 2 different women who look and act entirely different. Snippet:

16 comments:

peter hoh said...

If that's typical of Trailers without Pity, I'm hooked. Might spoil every movie that has pretensions of seriousness, but that's a deal I'm willing to take.

John Burgess said...

Blanchett and Swinton are easy to tell apart. Blanchett is the one who gets her kit off at the least provocation. Swinton is a more prudish.

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knox said...

Swinton's scary, Blanchett's not

p.t. fogger said...

I wish there were two Cate Blanchetts in the world, then maybe I could have the other one for myself.

And Ann's right. Lately there have been way too many interchangeable insipidly-pretty blondes in movies.

Fred4Pres said...

Blanchett and Swinton in the same movie? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

This is an abomination!

David said...

Kate Blanchett--You could pair her with her long lost twin and I'd go see her. Plus, what is her "look?" She can change it on a whim, which is part of the fascination.

William said...

All the older women who play power people are pale blondes: Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep. Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett have a lock on the younger variants of these same roles: unethical corporate types, young Elizabeth, etc.....Golden blondes continue to be dumb, but there seems to be a seismic shift in the IQ of pale blondes. Grace Kelly and Eva Marie Saint were self contained but you wouldn't want them managing your intelligence services....In the movies, pale blonde hair among women has become a signifier of intelligence and status. Perhaps Sarah Palin will put a crack in this stereotype of power blondes and open the world for brunettes.

ricpic said...

Swinton's features are like a knife blade. Scary.

Alan said...

John Burgess,

You've got it backwards. Swinton was the one who starred in "Female Perversions", "Young Adam", etc. Blanchett was the one doing the coy coverup in "Elizabeth".

m00se said...

Both are kind of hot in a certain bloodless way.

Very early 90's art movie type actresses ala Liquid Sky - http://www.cyberpunkreview.com/movie/decade/1980-1989/liquid-sky/

Jeff with one 'f' said...

Cate Blanchett looks really refined and beautiful until you put her next to Tilda Swinton, whereupon Cate looks beady-eyed and potato-nosed by comparison.

Synova said...

Cate Blanchett never struck me as particularly beautiful. She's tall and thin with a face like a horse. (Uma Thurman is another... but I think the difference there is that Cate can act.) Yet there is no doubt that she can pull it off. She's got presence or something, and either confidence or the ability to fake it. If she ever "fixed" her nose or had other work done (she's fairly flat chested, isn't she?) it would be impossible anymore to maintain that aura because she'd have turned herself into Demi Moore.

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blake said...

Anyone else immediately stop watching a video that begins with a commercial?

I think my favorite Cate Blanchett role is in Hot Fuzz. She's uncredited, and covered entirely with a mask and forensic suit. All you can see is her eyes.

Funny bit.

LoafingOaf said...

I have had a massive crush on Cate since Elizabeth.

Tilda isn't attrative at all to me. Whennever I think of her I think of two things: (1) She voted to give Michael Moron the award at the Cannes ilm festival; (2) Her character in The Beach tried to shoot Leonardo DiCaprio in the head to keep on living on the beach.