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Norma Shearer: The Subtle Magnet | Travalanche

I have a friend — a female friend — who never talks about Norma Shearer (1902-1983) without talking about how ugly and unappealing she finds her. I suppose my friend … Continue reading

08/13/2017 · 2 Comments

“Vamp” – Theda Bara | The Müscleheaded Blog

There was no actress who steamed up the screens of early motion picture theatres more than Theda Bara – – She has been called the original ‘vamp’: and she really was the … Continue reading

08/10/2017 · 5 Comments

Forgotten London films: Night and the City (1950) – Mathew Lyons

Unarguably the finest British film noir ever made, Night and the City was directed by American Jules Dassin. Its strikingly dark tone may not be unrelated to the fact that … Continue reading

08/08/2017 · 2 Comments

Robert Hardy and Shakespeare | The Shakespeare blog

On Thursday 3 August 2017 one of the UK’s best-loved actors, Robert Hardy, died. His family described him as “Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified” and most of his admirers … Continue reading

08/07/2017 · 5 Comments

Ava Gardner says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

“She made movies, she made out and she made a fucking mess of her life, but she never made jam.” (Ava Gardner describing her life) Source: Ava Gardner says: | … Continue reading

08/05/2017 · 2 Comments

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Actor, Is Dead at 73 – The New York Times

07/31/2017 · 10 Comments

JEANNE MOREAU (1928-2017) – Beauty Bellezza Beauté

Photo post. Source: JEANNE MOREAU (1928-2017) – Beauty Bellezza Beauté

07/31/2017 · 4 Comments

Jeanne Moreau, actress, 1928-2017

Paris-born star of stage and screen rose to prominence in the 1960s in career spanning eight decades Source: Jeanne Moreau, actress, 1928-2017

07/31/2017 · 5 Comments

The Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten Melee in Niagara – Silver Screenings

As it turns out, Niagara Falls is a perfect place for murder. The 1953 Technicolor thriller, Niagara, shows us what a perilous place it is: craggy shorelines, thundering water, a … Continue reading

07/24/2017 · 12 Comments

Victim (dir. Basil Dearden) 1961 | reviewdonkey

Victim is a classic movie in so many different ways. It is a great representative of the black and white, crime thriller, genre of the early 1960s. The storyline is … Continue reading

07/21/2017 · 2 Comments

“I made mistakes… I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.” – Art of Quotation

“I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.” — Frank Capra, director, filmmaker, cinema, film, American Source: “I made … Continue reading

07/20/2017 · 3 Comments

RIP Martin Landau! Oscar-Winning Actor And “Mission: Impossible” Star! – johnrieber

Such a very fine actor. RIP Martin Landau… The great Actor Martin Landau died July 15th at the age of 89 following “unexpected complications”, his publicist Dick Guttman confirmed Sunday. … Continue reading

07/17/2017 · 12 Comments

MERYL STREEP – Beauty Bellezza Beauté

Meryl Streep (b. 1949). Source: MERYL STREEP – Beauty Bellezza Beauté

07/16/2017 · 2 Comments

Ball of Fire (1942) – The Blonde at the Film

This charming film was written by two of the best, Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, and directed by a master of the genre, Howard Hawks. The talent onscreen is just … Continue reading

07/13/2017 · 10 Comments

On the Pivotal Thomas Mitchell: From Classics to “Columbo” | Travalanche

The great Thomas Mitchell (1892-1962) came into the world on this day (11th July). Mitchell remains well-known today as a character actor with parts in an unnaturally long list of … Continue reading

07/12/2017 · 4 Comments

Interview with Brian Blessed – Published in The South China Morning Post – Etan Smallman

Thespian Brian Blessed, who served as master of ceremonies at the handover 20 years ago, recalls sparring with the Dalai Lama, punching Harold Pinter down the stairs, hospitalising Dr Who’s … Continue reading

07/05/2017 · 9 Comments

Archive Interview • BARRY NORMAN • Have a Nice Day • 2004

Reblogged from the original R&V site in tribute to the film critic who died last night at the age of 83. Have a Nice Day by the writer, film critic and … Continue reading

07/01/2017 · 7 Comments

“To give a character life… arrive on screen with a past.” – Art of Quotation

“To give a character life in a short space of time, it helps if you arrive on screen with a past.” — Jeanne Moreau, French, actress Source: “To give a … Continue reading

06/28/2017 · 6 Comments

Churchill (2017) | CineMuseFilms

While historians debate facts audiences judge movies on expressive qualities, human insight and entertainment value. The beautifully produced Churchill (2017) is being criticised for its interpretation of history, leaving the … Continue reading

06/27/2017 · 3 Comments

Elsa Lanchester – Catford’s Bride of Frankenstein | Running Past

48 Farley Road is an ordinary looking Victorian terraced house in Catford; it has a brief, but important, place in British cinematographic history – in the early 20th century it … Continue reading

06/24/2017 · 10 Comments

Clara Bow in “Call Her Savage” (1932) | FROM THE BYGONE

Hal Phyfe, Clara Bow in “Call Her Savage” directed by John Francis Dillon, 1932… Source: Clara Bow in “Call Her Savage” (1932) | FROM THE BYGONE

06/22/2017 · 6 Comments

Ruth Gordon: On Assholes

Interview with Ruth Gordon Conducted by James Grissom By Telephone 1984 Oh, there are a lot of lousy people in the world. Also, a lot of terrific people. You’ve gotta … Continue reading

06/19/2017 · 4 Comments

Billy Connolly leads the way in Queen’s birthday honours list | UK news | The Guardian

Actor knighted in recognition of services to entertainment and charity, and is joined by Paul McCartney, JK Rowling and Delia Smith on the list Source: Billy Connolly leads the way … Continue reading

06/17/2017 · 5 Comments

BEAUTIFUL GERMAN ACTRESS: HELI FINKENZELLER | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

This vintage real photo postcard features pretty German film actress Heli Finkenzeller (1911-1991). During her career, she appeared in more than 80 films and television shows between 1935 and 1991. … Continue reading

06/17/2017 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Taylor on Mike Nichols: He Freed Me

I knew specifics of film. I was aware of specificity, you know? I knew where the lights were or should be; I knew how to move around a set like … Continue reading

06/15/2017 · 8 Comments

Katharine Hepburn on SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER: Guess and Fly

Interview with Katharine Hepburn Conducted by James Grissom New York City/Turtle Bay 1990 I didn’t understand that woman at all. [Violet Venable in Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly, Last Summer]. Not at … Continue reading

06/14/2017 · 2 Comments

The Essential Marilyn Monroe films – If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History

The world would truly be a dull place without the extraordinary charisma and talent of American actress and model Marilyn Monroe, born on June 1st 1926, at the Los Angeles … Continue reading

06/12/2017 · 3 Comments

Maggie Smith: “I led a perfectly normal life until Downton Abbey”

Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham in ITV’s costume drama, talks to Mark Lawson about why her character should be killed off, forgetting which film she’s … Continue reading

06/10/2017 · 10 Comments

Peter Sallis: Last of the Summer Wine actor dies aged 96 – BBC News

Last of the Summer Wine actor Peter Sallis, voice actor in Wallace and Gromit, dies aged 96. Source: Peter Sallis: Last of the Summer Wine actor dies aged 96 – … Continue reading

06/05/2017 · 8 Comments

The Ups and Downs of Lina Basquette | Travalanche

Lina Basquette (Lena Copeland Baskette) was born on April 19, 1907. Basquette was a star of stage and screen through several different phases but is perhaps best remembered today for … Continue reading

06/04/2017 · 1 Comment