Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Actor Vasily Kachalov wore this startling makeup prosthetics as the lead character of the play "Anathema" in 1909.

The play was written by Leonid Andreyev, who we met in a recent post about early Russian color photographs compared to portraits by Repin.
More info and photos about Kachalov at Flickr


Pierre Fontaine said...

Wow...those photos are remarkable. I'd love to know more about how these were made. Perhaps some sort of rubber I suppose but incredibly effective. The design, given the time, seems truly extraordinary.

For a few years in the 1970s, there were a number of alien masks made for Doctor Who that were exceptionally effective. Generally, they covered the head except for the eyes and mouth with the head, eyebrows, nose, cheeks and sometimes chin sculpted. The first Davros masks created for Genesis of the Daleks or the Draconian masks created during the Jon Pertwee era were incredibly designed and undoubtedly cheaper than full prosthetics.

David Webb said...

Hope he took it off before after-show drinks at the local pub.

Jim Douglas said...

David, I actually hope he left it on at the pub. :)

David Webb said...

Jim, well if he did, I doubt he'd have any trouble getting served.