Tuesday, June 30, 2009
actor colin farrell has earned much admiration. i have not seen one of his super popular films but i did see an early movie he did called 'intermission.' cillian had a role and the director neil jordan was somehow involved as well. clearly i am crazy for the accent. one thing i can say about colin is that he was really good at being gorgeous/menacing. here he is being only the first half of that equation.
way up high above this beautiful and troubled planet is michael jackson. at the age of twenty he joined his beloved diana ross in a remake of 'wizard of oz.' here he is as the delightful 'scarecrow', long before my fave actor cillian murphy put a very different slant on the word.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
beauty is subjective, however there is an amazing likeness to these three actresses. they each hail from a different country yet they seem to be from the same tribe. i find them all to possess a spark of the sublime.
from top: ingrid bergman from sweden/nasstassja kinski from germany/patricia gozzi from france
Thursday, June 25, 2009
'why you poisonous little rattlesnake, you.' that is the single most quoted film line around here. it is from 'dinner at eight' and is spoken by the wonderful wallace beery to his cheatin' little wife jean harlow. i say it to kareem on a regular basis.
photos: jean harlow and kareem abdul shazar
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
why in this world would 'pygmalion' need to become 'my fair lady?' i fear that the coming remake will also shy away from the original title.
top photo: playwright george bernard shaw. his play 'pygmalion', a loose adaptation of the greek myth, was written in 1913. in this photo he appears to be thinking: 'let's see. shall i call it my fair lady? no no no, bad idea.'
leslie howard as 'henry higgins' will melt every inch of you. he's conceited, controlling, and right up to the end, never contrite. how can any actor be irresistible in the face of such shortcomings? the only answer is leslie howard's innate humanity.
even though no one is forcing me to, i watch 'pygmalion' often. i am crazy about every aspect of this 1938 classic starring leslie howard as professor higgins and wendy hiller as eliza doolittle. they out 'darling' one another non stop. leslie co-directed and must have just been doing somersaults of joy over wendy's performance. she was purely and simply, a jewel. i took a few snaps to show her evolution at the hands of her svengali. this story is soon to hit the big screen once again with keira knightley as the cockney tongued flower seller transformed into a 'lady' by higgins. no doubt the role is a joy to slip into. blessedly, dame hiller rests peacefully over all the efforts of todays mere mortals.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
as i once posted, anthony quinn burst into my mom's hospital room in the maternity ward in santa monica, excitedly looking for his own newborn child. after seeing 1958's 'hot spell' i am choosing 'real life' father over 'film portrayal' due to the fact that as the father of three in this not so easy to find movie, he is seriously lacking. shirley booth (what's not to love?) plays his devoted wife who seems content to shut her eyes and mind to her husband's running around. swept up in her duty to her three growing up children, shirley wants nothing more than a peaceful dinner table experience with her family. that is not gonna happen.
aside from quinn's restlessness, all three kids have issues of their own that end in tears. shirley maclaine plays the darling daughter in love with the wrong guy. any shirley booth film is a rare treat and here you get two shirleys. added to the cast is eileen heckart (of the amazingly raspy voice) who played the mother of 'rhoda's' victim in 'the bad seed.'
photo: shirley and eileen hanging around on set.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
this wonderful photographer is not the same michael tighe that played with jeff buckley. my friend/guitarist reg just told me about this photographer today. look at all these glorious images i discovered on his site.....
from the top: gary oldman/river phoenix/patty duke (the dukester!)/james coburn (how i love this actor)
Friday, June 19, 2009
i have never wanted to resemble anyone as much as i did maria schneider. on four separate occasions (paris and l.a.) our paths crossed. she loved patti smith, made 'last tango' with brando, and defied the hollywood system. on top of it all, she was beeeeautiful.