Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
she has not made a movie in eight years, still the gorgeous carroll baker has 81 screen credits. she was already in her twenties when she starred in the 1956 film 'baby doll', but she was thoroughly convincing as the young wife who is 'not ready for marriage.'
eli wallach and karl malden are equally great in the film. even though no sex is shown, the movie managed to seriously outrage the board of decency. i think of it as a truly tender film. writer tennessee williams brought to the story much humor. he is said to have had a great fondness for kazan's version of his play.
when i came upon this photo of carroll i had to post it. how gorgeous she was!
p.s. the terrific actor rip torn pops up in a small but interesting scene.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Anything well written with good language and clarity and honesty is worth doing. It comes out of the same tradition as Shakespeare.-Michael Moriarty
i often wonder what makes someone decide to do a film. because they want to work with a co-star? they love the script? $? moriarty makes it sound pretty simple.
images from 'who'll stop the rain'
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
in my quest to see more movies with actor ciaran hinds i found this treasure. i was up late into the night staring into my computer screen (i rarely watch stuff on the computer) because i loved every scene.
John Joe McNeill, Niall Wright (the boys who carry the story), Julie Walters, Ciaran Hinds and everyone else were perfectly cast and perfectly real. this 2004 irish drama is not available in the states. you can see it on youtube.
my love of the irish began with 'the crying game' and has never faltered. the accent really wows me. the irish storytellers have a brilliant gift for weaving humor through the sadness. i hope you take the time to watch this touching film.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Edie: I want you to stay away from me.
Terry: Edie, you love me... I want you to say it to me.
Edie: I didn't say I didn't love you. I said, "Stay away from me."
there are so many quotable lines in 'on the waterfront.' both the novel and screenplay were written by budd schulberg. how happy he must have been to have the best actors reading his words.
photo: amy and blake
Friday, November 18, 2011
this morning i was reading a piece written by warren beatty and annette benning's intelligent kid. as they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. warren may have earned his reputation as a playboy, but the man made stupendous films. if there are still some of you who have yet to see 'heaven can wait' i offer this clip as a tease:
it is one of the most wonderful movies ever made. team warren!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
most people know robert cummings as the lover of grace kelly in hitchcock's 'dial m for murder' but he had a serious heyday in television. in his hit t.v. series he played a fashion photographer. all the models seemed to be in love with him. the show still seems funny.
cummings married five times. his show lasted five years. 178 shows total! each episode would begin with bob taking a photograph of the television audience and then stepping back to say, "i think you're gonna like this." as ray davies once sang, 'young and innocent days...'
he also has 104 other screen credits. a man definitely worthy of remembrace.
some cool facts:
Godson of Orville Wright, an old family friend, who also taught him to fly. He piloted his own plane most of his life.
Not only was he a health food fanatic, but he often carried a small suitcase with him full of vitamin pills.
"I was accused of being a vitamin addict, of eating 40 or 50 tablets a day. I said, 'That's a dastardly lie, I take 140!"
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
it's foolish for me to confuse ruby and christine just because their last name is keeler. but i do. not any more! last night i watched '42nd street' and i shall not be confused any longer. ruby is unforgettable. so is the terrific actress bebe daniels.
ruby can sure dance! she became a professional dancer at age 14. two husbands (the first was al jolson) and five kids, she may only have 16 acting credits (and several more uncredited dance credits) but she has a star on hollywood blvd. she also had a great turn as dick powell's darlin' in this tale of a first timer getting to go to the top of the ladder. 42nd street must have been really cool a long time ago.
images: keeler/with powell
Friday, November 11, 2011
great photograph. terrible film! billy wilder made classic movies that i will watch again and again. i wonder if there are people who actually liked his 'kiss me, stupid.' i think the comma got in the way. it could so easily have meant (kiss me till i'm stupid)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Simone Signoret became the first French person to win an Academy Award, for her role in Room at the Top (1959). i rewatched that movie just last night. such a great performance from simone. everyone was really good in the classic rags to riches story of a hungry young man determined to have it all. but the price, the price...
I suspect there isn't an actor alive who was able to truthfully answer his family's questions after his first day's activity in his future profession. -Simone Signoret
simone's looks changed drastically over the years. the more weary she appeared, the greater the impression. like anna magnani, she was a force to be reckoned with.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
in the original play Juliet delivers a lengthy speech, commonly known as The Potion Scene, before drinking the sleeping potion. in the film version Juliet simply says: "Love give me strength" before drinking the potion.
my shakespeare teacher took our class to see this gorgeous movie. i imagine people still study shakespeare, but are there still day trips?