When Legends Gather #480


Norman Thomas and Gina Lollobrigida

3 comments:

estiv said...

These are not two people that I have ever thought about at the same time before. Where the hell did you find this?

Kreisler said...

Time Magazine 40th anniversary celebrations. Couldn't believe it either so cheated and googled it.

Robert Fiore said...

I take it this is the jaw-dropper, but to me this isn't as incongruous as the Kevin McCarthy/Edie Sedgwick picture. Thomas/Lollobrigida I see as a movie-star-meets-dignitary photo, a genre which though it breeds incongruities is fairly commonplace. I brought to the McCarthy/Sedgwick picture my image of McCarthy as a Hollywood B-movie and television actor who would not normally fall into avant garde circumstances, and whose fame was not the sort that opens all doors. Add to it the fact that (a) McCarthy is dressed like he could be going to a reception at the UN while Sedgwick is hardly dressed at all, and (b) this situation seems not to ruffle McCarthy's composure in the least and you get a disorienting image. Now, if you look deeper into McCarthy's career you see how he came out of early live TV drama, which puts him in more of a New York context, and with the additional information provided by the other comments you see the rational explanation, but when you come to it cold it just seems weird.