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Category Archives: Cinema

The Essential John Ford Films. – If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History

Hollywood film director John Ford was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on February 1st 1894 and died on August 31st 1973, at the age of 79. He is best remembered … Continue reading

02/24/2017 · 1 Comment

On 75th of ‘Casablanca,’ the ‘Delightful’ New History ‘We’ll Always Have Casablanca’ Tells All – Tablet Magazine

One day on the set of Casablanca, Peter Lorre persuaded a few soundmen to rig up a wire in the room where director Michael Curtiz, much like Claude Rains’ Capt. … Continue reading

02/22/2017 · 3 Comments

‘One of the fathers of American film criticism’: Time critic Richard Schickel dies at 84 – LA Times

Richard Schickel, whose erudite prose and piercing critiques made him one of America’s most important film critics in an era when cinema became increasingly ingrained in the cultural consciousness, died … Continue reading

02/20/2017 · 4 Comments

Mel Brooks: ‘Donald Trump doesn’t scare me. He’s a song-and-dance man’ | Film | The Guardian

One of America’s great comics for the past 60 years, the maker of films Blazing Saddles and The Producers talks about why he can’t take the president seriously – and … Continue reading

02/17/2017 · 5 Comments

Buster Keaton and the Important Things in Life – Silver Screenings

There is a scene in the 1928 comedy, Steamboat Bill, Jr., that beautifully showcases the genius of its star, Buster Keaton. It’s not the scene where he clings to a flying … Continue reading

02/16/2017 · 4 Comments

20th Century Women: Annette Bening at her best | The Guardian

Annette Bening has built a career on playing women smarter and spikier than people feel entirely comfortable with – much like her character in 20th Century Women Source: 20th Century Women: … Continue reading

02/15/2017 · 4 Comments

The First Ever Film Version Of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Was Made In 1903 And It’s Absolutely Enchanting.

Since its publication in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland has been unfaltering in its popularity. Considered to be one of the best examples of the literary … Continue reading

02/14/2017 · 2 Comments

Lotte Lenya by George Hoyningen-Huene – Art Bacchant

Photo post. Source: George Hoyningen-Huene – Art Bacchant

02/07/2017 · 6 Comments

John Hurt was a mercurial actor who excelled at playing the downtrodden | The Independent

Contemplating John Hurt’s career, it’s hard not to marvel at the sheer longevity of it and the extraordinary number of brilliant performances he gave in films of every conceivable hue. … Continue reading

01/29/2017 · 3 Comments

Quote • JOHN HURT • Listening

“If you listen, you learn; if you talk, you don’t.” – John Hurt, English, actor, painter (1940-2017) Source: In Memory: “If you listen, you learn; if you talk, you don’t.” … Continue reading

01/28/2017 · 8 Comments

John Hurt dead: Elephant Man, Alien and Harry Potter actor dies aged 77 – Mirror Online

The actor, whose career spanned over six decades, had battled with both cancer and an intestinal complaint in recent years. Source: John Hurt dead: Elephant Man, Alien and Harry Potter … Continue reading

01/28/2017 · 12 Comments

Archive Feature • MARLON BRANDO • Careless Genius • 2006

I commissioned this article from Kieron Barry in 2006. I don’t agree with his conclusion. What do you think? Marlon Brando is not a concept that can be contained within … Continue reading

01/27/2017 · 3 Comments

The Catford Studios – South London’s Walk-on Part in Silent Films | Running Past

Strangely in the early days of the British Film industry one of the main studios was in Catford – the former home of the Forster Family, The Hall (or Southend … Continue reading

01/26/2017 · 3 Comments

RIP Mary Tyler Moore…Brilliant Entertainer Broke TV Barriers! – johnrieber

“I’m an experienced woman. I’ve been around…well all right, I might not have been around, but I’ve been…nearby.” RIP Mary Tyler Moore… Very sad news … Source: RIP Mary Tyler … Continue reading

01/25/2017 · 5 Comments

Thoughts: Oscar Nominations and Predictions for the 89th Academy Awards – MovieBabble

Early Tuesday, the Academy released their nominations for the Oscars that will air on February 26th, 2017 on ABC.  With the release of the nominations comes predictions for what the … Continue reading

01/25/2017 · 2 Comments

The History Girls: Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons: Hollywood’s Killer Queens by Catherine Hokin

Christmas may be over but for movie buffs, fashion lovers and celebrity spotters, the tinsel is still well and truly sparkling. The Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, the Oscars: awards season … Continue reading

01/25/2017 · 2 Comments

“America has the best politicians money can buy.” – Art of Quotation

“America has the best politicians money can buy.” — Will Rogers, actor, humorist, columnist, writer, social commentator Source: “America has the best politicians money can buy.” – Art of Quotation

01/19/2017 · 2 Comments

Carole Lombard takes on the High-Profile Illness – Silver Screenings

Spoiler Alert You have to hand it to 1930s screwball comedies. They are, in part, a response to the Production Code (c.a. 1930-67), a set of rules about What Was Allowed in … Continue reading

01/15/2017 · 6 Comments

Review: Patriots Day (2016) – MovieBabble

The next Peter Berg-Mark Wahlberg team up movie has finally hit wide in theaters.  Patriots Day, like many of my other reviews recently, has been widely acclaimed as one of … Continue reading

01/14/2017 · 5 Comments

“He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.” – Art of Quotation

“He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.” — Family of Gene Wilder on why he kept his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s from the world. Wilder … Continue reading

01/13/2017 · 1 Comment

On this day: the premiere of Metropolis | In Times Gone By…

Iconic futuristic German film Metropolis premiered on the 10th of January, 1927. Filmed in 1925 but set in the year 2026, the film is set in a city with ruling … Continue reading

01/10/2017 · 2 Comments

“take your broken heart, make it into art.” – Art of Quotation

“As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art.” — Meryl Streep, actress, from her 2017 Golden Globes acceptance … Continue reading

01/10/2017 · 6 Comments

The Golden Globes: No Longer Just Respectable, They Now Have Taste | Variety

A lot of people still like to talk about the Golden Globes as if they were the less-serious, more-fun, loose-cannon, everyone-in-the-room-is-relaxed-because-they’ve-had-a-few-drinks alternative to the Academy Awards. Okay, that is what … Continue reading

01/09/2017 · 15 Comments

Quote • RYAN GOSLING on GENE WILDER

‘Gene Wilder will break your heart and make you laugh at the same time. And that’s deep. There’s something really profound about what he’s able to do. It’s transcendent. It’s … Continue reading

01/09/2017 · Leave a comment

New Year’s Honours for Shakespeare | The Shakespeare blog

At the beginning of 2017 the New Year’s Honours List was published in which the great and the good were recognised for their services. Following the successful 2016 Rio Olympics … Continue reading

01/08/2017 · Leave a comment

Om Puri, celebrated Indian actor, dies at 66 | Film | The Guardian

Veteran of Bollywood, Hollywood and UK film industry dies in Mumbai, according to close friend Source: Om Puri, celebrated Indian actor, dies at 66 | Film | The Guardian

01/06/2017 · Leave a comment

Older actors weigh up their careers: ‘If you’re not obsessed, you’ll never survive’ | Stage | The Guardian

Don’t expect to be in control, never stop looking for the next role: Siân Phillips, Timothy West and Janet Henfrey on how they turned acting into a life’s work. Source: … Continue reading

01/03/2017 · Leave a comment

Cinema’s First Sex Symbol was also America’s First Goth

From Mae West to Eva Green, the cinema archetype of the ‘femme fatale’ has fascinated and frightened audiences since Hollywood’s golden age. But nearly a century before Sharon Stone bore … Continue reading

12/31/2016 · Leave a comment

Debbie Reynolds obituary | Film | The Guardian

The Singin’ in the Rain actor, who rose to fame with her youthful exuberance in 1950s musicals, had a prolific and ambitious career and resilience to match Source: Debbie Reynolds … Continue reading

12/29/2016 · Leave a comment

Liz Smith, The Royle Family actor, has died aged 95 | Television & radio | The Guardian

Bafta award-winning actor, who also appeared in the Vicar of Dibley and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, died on Christmas Eve… Source: Liz Smith, The Royle Family actor, has died … Continue reading

12/26/2016 · 1 Comment