Thursday, May 31, 2012

justice comes to town

take a look at the order of those names. team cillian!!

when we were young


Although he was the highest paid star of the 1960s, McQueen had a reputation for being tight-fisted. On some films he would demand ten electric razors and dozens of pairs of jeans. It was later found that he gave this stuff to Boys Republic, a private school and treatment community for troubled youngsters, where he spent a few years himself.

photo: steve mcqueen with his daughter

hooray for it

laughing is good

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

tuesday with kinski

until i adopted cosmo (top) i could not relate to small dogs. now i love all of them. thanks to nastassja i now know that chihuahuas have such big eyes so that they can eat bagels with them.

Monday, May 28, 2012

beloved best friend

Jean Marais found this dog in the forest during the WW2 - he was lost and certainly abandonned - He followed Jean and they became very close friends. When he died, Jean was so sad that he did not tell it to his friends. About a year after Moulouk's death, Jean Marais was dining with Jean Cocteau (his ex-partner and his great friend untill he died). Jean Cocteau asked Jeannot (Jean Marais was Jeannot and Jean Cocteau was Jean) : "how is Moulouk ?" and Jeannot told Cocteau he was dead. Jean Cocteau said "why didn't you tell me ?" and Jeannot answered : "if I had told you I could not help crying and I was so sad that I did not want to be more afflicted !!!" Jean Marais told this story long long after Jean Cocteau died in a TV Show dedicated to animals. Moulouk was playing in "L'Eternel Retour".

Sunday, May 27, 2012

making 'mata hari'

garbo was just UNREAL.

film, fashion, fun

"Women dress alike all over the world;
they dress to annoy other women"

Elsa Shiaparelli

the great designer had a point! her clothes aimed to enlighten as opposed to irritate.  her designs were beautiful and artistic. look at this jacket! it incorporated a drawing of the deeply original artist and filmmaker jean cocteau. 

Jean Cocteau's favorite actor/muse was jean marais. like brando, marais's looks were very arresting.  of brando, cocteau said, "Marlon is the only man who can make noise without disturbing anybody."

photos: shiap/brando/marais

Thursday, May 24, 2012

sand and see

photo: Martin Munkacsi, Greta Garbo on vacation, detail, ca. 1932


AFI's list of the top 50 greatest screen legends of American cinema, 25 male and 25 female.

imagine if this was a list of people who dated one another!

Male Legends#Female Legends
1.Humphrey Bogart1.Katharine Hepburn
2.Cary Grant2.Bette Davis
3.James Stewart3.Audrey Hepburn
4.Marlon Brando4.Ingrid Bergman
5.Fred Astaire5.Greta Garbo
6.Henry Fonda6.Marilyn Monroe
7.Clark Gable7.Elizabeth Taylor
8.James Cagney8.Judy Garland
9.Spencer Tracy9.Marlene Dietrich
10.Charlie Chaplin10.Joan Crawford
11.Gary Cooper11.Barbara Stanwyck
12.Gregory Peck12.Claudette Colbert
13.John Wayne13.Grace Kelly
14.Laurence Olivier14.Ginger Rogers
15.Gene Kelly15.Mae West
16.Orson Welles16.Vivien Leigh
17.Kirk Douglas17.Lillian Gish
18.James Dean18.Shirley Temple
19.Burt Lancaster19.Rita Hayworth
20.The Marx Brothers20.Lauren Bacall
21.Buster Keaton21.Sophia Loren
22.Sidney Poitier22.Jean Harlow
23.Robert Mitchum23.Carole Lombard
24.Edward G. Robinson24.Mary Pickford
25.William Holden25.Ava Gardner


j. irons

now he is really starting to look like the humbert humbert who sat in a prison cell reliving his days of (dolores) haze, before succumbing to heart failure.

i am a long time fan of this terrific actor although i surely do not see all his films. i discovered him in 'betrayal' and seriously flipped over how astonishingly great he is. i was pleased for him to get an oscar for 'reversal of fortune' but it was a nasty sort of movie. however, that wasn't nearly as bad as 'damage' even if everyone in that one was super.

photo: from his next film 'night train to lisbon.'

the look of....

... hopelessness. jeremy irons, stunner.

Monday, May 21, 2012

late night understanding

from 'last tango in paris'

i've got to see a man about a dog

tom hardy. what else is there to say? oh yes, his dog's name is 'woodstock.'

Sunday, May 20, 2012

life on film

Michael Haneke took home the Palme d’Or for The White Ribbon three years ago. This year, Haneke may be taking home a second Palme d’Or forAmour, which has received enthusiastic praise following its screening earlier today at the Cannes Film Festival. Starring veterans Jean-Louis Trintignant(The Conformist, Red) and Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon AmourLeon Morin, Priest) as an elderly couple facing illness and death as the biggest challenges to their love, Amour has been described as Haneke’s masterpiece. Or, in some cases, his latest masterpiece.

photos: emmanuelle riva

bone structure

17 nominations and 3 oscar wins. the remarkable streep has a presence like no other. she SHINES. she has 69 film credits and never seems to lose relevance.

on a recent flight i saw 'the iron lady.' it was strange because even though i no longer take pills to get through a flight, i only remember that the movie was good, nothing else really. i watched 'the queen' in the comfort of my home and didn't like a thing about it. why connect those films? well, helen mirren is as exceptional an actress as meryl and they both had the courage to portray famous women who are alive.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

lyin' lo

 'I'm really sorry that I cheated so much. But I guess that's just the way things are.'  

photo: making 'lolita': sue lies while stanley stares.

sue lyin'

just kids

'badlands' with sissy spacek and martin sheen 1973

"I was driving along Pacific Coast Highway and I was listening to a Dylan song called Desolation Row..and suddenly it dawned on me what had just happened - that I had the role of my life. And I began to weep uncontrollably with joy and I had to pull off the side of the road and just stop and reflect on what was happening. And it was one of the most profound moments of my life because it was the realization of a dream that I never thought would happen to me.”- martin sheen

there ought to be an oscar

in a perfect world there would be an academy award for the best laugh and it would be named after norma shearer.

fountain of isabelle

isabelle huppert must give special thanks to every one of her sun kissed freckles when she looks in the mirror. this amazing actress has 105 screen credits and continues to defy the cruel ways of nature.

photos: isabelle now and then.

a bad day made better

dane dehaan has had the pleasure of being in a film that not only stars tom hardy but was written by the great nick cave. even though 'lawless' is not a movie meant for me, i bet it was pretty great for all the actors involved to be reading lines that were written by a man whose love of language can be truly uplifting.

photos: dane in a different film/with nick

Friday, May 18, 2012

coulda been a contender

  patti smith is such a terrific name dropper. she has turned me on to many great artists. when i heard her sing the lyrics 'total abandon total abandon', i actually thought she was singing 'tallulah bankhead tallulah bankhead.'

scene from the film, 'the cheat.'

no warning

Thursday, May 17, 2012


imagine being bored while sitting next to cocteau! kids, so real.

photo: Jean-Pierre LEAUD,Jean COCTEAU, Fran├žois TRUFFAUT