Johnny's movies

Johnny like a woman

Posted in Books, Johnny Depp, movies by Anna Maria Polidori on September 21, 2014

Johnny as Rrose Sélavy for a day


It happened talking of Johnny’s transformations in a photo session by Robert Wilson in 2007.





Johnny as a woman (thanks Lory for the collage and other pictures)




Johnny 10394561_326871734153143_9079542875878981271_n was inspired in these pictures by the french artist Marcel Duchamp a pretty weird and singular artist who once had decided to portraying himself as a woman: Rrose Sélavy1S  23  in a photoshot 12E of 1921, giving  at this woman, after the creation of this name with which he signed a lot of his art,  an identity and a face. Using his own body.

But who was Rrose Sélavy and the same Marcel Duchamp?

Duchamp has been a french artist. Born in 1887, died in 1968.

Rrose Sélavy would mean maybe inverting the words, so using Rrose as Eros – Duchamp add two R so maybe it’s for that purpose – : “Eros, c’est la vie“, or “Eros, that’s life“. A hymn to sex in a way from a lady invented and with a great sense of austerity and mystery in herself.

Duchamp used this fake name Rrose Sélavy for signing various creations.

Rrose appeared for example on the label of Belle Haleine, Eau de Voilett, on his film Anemic Cinema in 1926. This Duchamp had to be such an ironic guy.

Not only he had given to this “phantom” and not existing woman a great responsibility, because with this name Duchamp signed his works, but also a great eroticism.



Rrose Sélavy still have a life and with this name and last name I guess she won’t never die.

She appeared with the time  in aphorisms, puns and spoonerisms thanks to the french poet Robert Desnos.

In an aphorism talking of Marcel Duchamp: “Rrose Sélavy connaît bien le marchand du sel” “Rrose Sélavy knows the merchant of salt well”.

In 1939 a collection of aphorism was published with the title: Poils et coups de pieds en tous genres.

Ilmar Laaban, Estonian poet and intellectual wrote a collection of poetry called: “Rroosi Selaviste.”

Other people treated and remembered Rrose Sélavy as Johnny 10330314_261785850660234_2981708457452992336_n 10689573_324562351050748_8795212498433288933_n 10624842_809364255781917_49864861913785624_n 10665209_809924685725874_3037248502258501370_n did in 2007 maybe because Duchamp had given to this lady 12Ea spark of his own existence and realism, not just a name and last name with which he would have “talked” with in the world, leaving a passage with a fake character, the one of a woman,  but a body and an identity forever remembered by artists, actors, painters, poets and writers.


Immortality can be this one as well….



Anna Maria Polidori


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