Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

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

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

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

The Country Doctor (2016) | CineMuseFilms

To urban eyes, the rural doctor stereotype is a walking museum of what village medicine used to look like in bygone days. French filmmakers excel in portraying this endangered species … Continue reading

05/27/2017 · 1 Comment

Joseph Cotten: Courtliness Personified | Travalanche

Joseph Cotten (1905-1994) was born on May 15. The late year of his death surprised me. Cotten’s last film had been in 1981 and I couldn’t imagine him ever not … Continue reading

05/19/2017 · 1 Comment

Spencer Tracy: Working Backwards from “Mad” | Travalanche

Just a few words on Spencer Tracy (1900-1967) since I just saw him the other night for maybe the twenty-fourth time in the first film I ever saw him in (It’s … Continue reading

04/14/2017 · 2 Comments

The Marx Brothers: The Chico Years | Travalanche

Time once again to celebrate the birthday of Leonard “Chico” Marx (1887-1961). Today seems to me an appropriate time to float a notion I came up with the other day, … Continue reading

03/22/2017 · 2 Comments

Amazing Women Who Inspire Us: Claudia Cardinale – If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History

Foreign films are a guilty pleasure in my household. Among them are some of the greats Amelie, Cinema Paradiso, 8 ½, and The Leopard (II Gattopardo). The last two films … Continue reading

09/28/2016 · Leave a comment

Cinemas Greatest Scenes: Sergio Leone’s Mexican Standoff. – Robert Horvat’s Rearview Mirror

In the late sixties, Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966) was harshly criticized for its glorified violence and savagery, mostly by American critics. Oh how times … Continue reading

09/13/2016 · Leave a comment

My DVD Films: A stack from the front

Originally posted on beetleypete:
Continuing this occasional series about the collection of DVD films stored on my bookshelves, I slipped this stack of six from one of the front rows…

10/01/2015 · 4 Comments

Colorful Chemistry and a Visit to Your National Parks

The Unwritten Record If I asked you to tell me what you think of when you think of silent films, one characteristic you may mention is that silent films are … Continue reading

09/17/2015 · Leave a comment

Martin Scorsese to Direct Macbeth Movie | Seroword

Originally posted on Seroword. Something wicked this way comes — Shakespeare fans can look forward to seeing the director behind GoodFellas and The Wolf on Wall Street bring another blockbuster hit … Continue reading

08/26/2015 · 1 Comment

The Pumpkin Eater – Sunset Boulevard

Originally posted on Sunset Boulevard Correct me if I’m wrong, but I do believe that Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, the creepy nursery rhyme from which the title of this film is derived, is … Continue reading

05/01/2015 · Leave a comment

Russian Movie – “Admiral”

Originally posted on Life in Russia:
Admiral Admiral is a historical fiction film set in Russia during the time of the 1917 revolution. It’s a movie that ranks right up…

02/09/2015 · Leave a comment

Full program: 3rd Edition of Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival (24-31 January 2015)

On its 3rd edition starting on 24th of January, Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival shows 66 films this year and dedicating this edition to the late great Egyptian actress … Continue reading

01/20/2015 · Leave a comment