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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

The Opera of Paris:  We Also Procure Our Ballerinas to Wealthy Men | Victorian Paris

The title of this post is not an exaggeration, although the Opera directors would have preferred a more subtle one or, ideally, a complete silence on the subject.  The Béraud’s … Continue reading

02/21/2017 · 2 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

In the (not so bleak) mid-winter – Friends of the Leas Pavilion

After our Christmas break, we’re back with a short update… The Pavilion is still having regular inspections and we are pleased to say that most of the urgent works have … Continue reading

02/19/2017 · 2 Comments

THE BURNLEY EMPIRE THEATRE | Beauty Bellezza Beauté

The Empire Theatre in Burnley, UK. The Empire Theatre in Burnley opened in 1894 with seats for 1,935 and hosted acts from around the world. Photos (1 to 6): Mark … Continue reading

02/18/2017 · 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

Samuel French bookshop to close after 187 years | Carousel, News | The Stage

Publisher and theatrical licensing company Samuel French is to close its London bookshop after 187 years in the capital, with management blaming an “unsust… Source: Samuel French bookshop to close … Continue reading

02/17/2017 · 8 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

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve” – Art of Quotation

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve” — George Bernard Shaw, Irish, playwright, writer Source: “Democracy is a device that ensures we … Continue reading

02/11/2017 · 3 Comments

Lotte Lenya by George Hoyningen-Huene – Art Bacchant

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

02/07/2017 · 6 Comments

Quote • EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY • Good Advice

“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.” — … Continue reading

02/01/2017 · 1 Comment

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

Beautiful Turn of the Century Postcards by Rita Martin | FROM THE BYGONE

Rita Martin (1875-1958) started her photographic career in 1897 when she helped her elder sister Lallie Charles to run her studio. In 1906 she opened her own studio, working in … Continue reading

01/28/2017 · 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

Charles Macklin | London Historians’ Blog

Last week I gave St Paul’s Covent Garden a proper visit for the first time. The church was designed by Inigo Jones, having been commissioned by the Duke of Bedford, who told … Continue reading

01/24/2017 · 2 Comments

James and the giant talent | Chris Neville-Smith’s blog on theatre

Never satisfied with just another undemanding Christmas show for children, Northern Stage’s James and the Giant Peach is up there with the West End shows for its production value – … Continue reading

01/22/2017 · 2 Comments

Empire of the Stage | Iconic Photos

Last week, when covering the news of Lord Snowdon’s death, we briefly mentioned the work he did for Vanity Fair, covering British theatre, in November 1995. John Osborne, the playwright … Continue reading

01/21/2017 · 4 Comments

Archive Theatre Review • THE HISTORY OF THE TROUBLES (accordin’ to My Da) • Tricycle Theatre • 2003 #Repost

First posted here on 26-04-13 Sometimes new plays have a knack of coming along at just the right time. This new play from Belfast is a real shot in the … Continue reading

01/20/2017 · 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

Theatrical links and war heroes in Bedford Park, Chiswick – House Historian

In looking through the 1891 census for Bath Road, which runs along the boundary of Bedford Park, I found the widowed, Marie Saker, recorded as an actress. She was living … Continue reading

01/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Two Thumbs Up for Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as Stage | GALLIVANCE

We, and much of the rest of the world, were introduced to Bill Bryson’s work in his hilarious Notes From a Small Island. We were living in London at the time, … Continue reading

01/17/2017 · 6 Comments

January 16, 1908: Next Day on Your Dressing Room They Hung a Star – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

A few names are synonymous with the Broadway musical theater – Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, composers all. As an entertainer, one name looms large; … Continue reading

01/16/2017 · 3 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