Homage to decline

Linsay Lohan recreates the Bert Stern Marilyn Monroe Last Sitting out-takesWhat were they after with this shoot? Does Lindsay’s fall parallel Marilyn’s? Has photographer Bert Stern forgotten that his first Last Sitting became iconic for being the Last Sitting? Did the original out-takes, which were iconic also with the Xs marking their initial rejection, elevate themselves beyond whose extinguished vitality they depicted?
Stern recreated the flat hair and unbecoming figure of a fallen goddess. He could have held a cattle call for that. I’m reminded of the Tarantino homage to seventies porn, appealing only for its familiarity. Marilyn Monroe’s last shoot was beautiful for the glimpse we caught of mankind’s fragility. Post-teen queen Lohan is just slumming. Next they can pose Robert Downey Jr in a silver ’55 Porsche Spyder.

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4 Responses to Homage to decline

  1. Avatar Marie says:

    Maybe it’s because I know too much about Lindsay’s off-camera antics, but I don’t find her photos beautiful in the least. In fact, she looks like an aging alcoholic — a wannabe MILF. Ick.

  2. Avatar The 13th says:

    I suppose there are parallels between Norma Jean, Marilyn and the lives of Ms. Lohen’s life – except one giant factor. Marilyn had charisma and talent.

    I would think an homage would be to pay tribute or to accent the sublime. The only thing I can see in this homage is an aging photographer revealing that he is willing to ride the odds of another potential disaster by potentially propetuating it.

    Goodbye Norma Jean, hello Gong Show Suicidals.

  3. Avatar tony logan says:

    She looks OK to me. I like pink.

  4. Avatar The 13th says:

    Pink – like uncooked meat. I’ll take Broccoli for $400, Alex.

    “What is Carnivore?”

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