Description Original done in charcoal on Strathmore paper. 20x12 inchesNiagara was one of 20th Century Fox's biggest box office hits of 1953. Unlike typical film noirs of the day, it was filmed in Technicolor on location on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. This is the film which launched the Marilyn Monroe look that would forever remain her trademark, and also earned Marilyn critical praise for her performance. Over all, the film offers breathtaking shots of the Falls prior to its current state of evolution. Unfortunately, the cabin portrayed in the film was a set, but the hotel Marilyn and the rest of the cast stayed in during the filming, the Crowne Plaza (formerly called The Brock), still stands and proudly displays photos of the film in its lobby. Room 801 - or Marilyn's room, as the staff fondly refer to it - is the room to book if you ever find yourself staying at the Crowne Plaza.
Robert Scott Chiarella, Toronto Member Since April 2007 Artist Statement My work falls somewhere between classical and representational realism - with a touch of romanticism thrown in. I have a love for the visible and the sensory worlds and I strive to depict the beauty both in people and in everyday subjects, without idealization. Through my observations and awareness, I try to move past a static photographic interpretation and bring an energy and completeness to my compositions with a sense of order, beauty, and harmony.
My love of portraiture carries over into another one of my favorite subjects - old Hollywood.
It wasn't just the films themselves that hooked me, I've always been fascinated by the behind-the-scenes situations surrounding the filming. In a way it's like lifting a veil and getting a better look at the person behind the persona.
My Silver Screen series is both a study and a celebration of some of my favorite 20th Century films and icons.