The Executioner: By the Neck By David Cairns
Designing for del Toro By Eric Skillman
The intense and classically beautiful movie star Danielle Darrieux, Max Ophuls’s muse in many films, including The Earrings of Madame de . . ., turns ninety-five today. She is one of France’s longest working actors: her first screen credit was in the 1931 film Le bal, and she remains active in film and television today (in the past decade, she’s appeared in François Ozon’s 8 Women and the animated film Persepolis, among other things, and she starred in the 2010 made-for-TV C’est toi c’est tout). The striking photo above is from Ophuls's Le plaisir, in which she plays a gruffly tender bordello madam.