Sunday, August 8, 2010

the eyes have it

Jack Nicholson states in the documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures that Kubrick was great to work with but that he was "a different director" with Shelley Duvall. Perhaps the most notorious example of this was Kubrick's insistence that she and Nicholson perform 127 takes of the baseball bat scene, which broke a world-record for the most retakes of a single movie scene with spoken dialogue. Duvall said she learned more from working with Kubrick on The Shining than she did on all her previous films.

shelley duvall was immensely popular in the '70's. discovered while working at a cosmetics counter, shelley began her film career in robert altman's 'brewster mccloud' and went on to be in his next four films. she's worked with many great directors and eventually developed her own production company. rail thin yet strong, she has always been a very unique and engaging presence.

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