Friday, January 30
I think Stephen Sondheim may have been right. Maria. Maria. Maria. It is a beautiful sound. It has been a favorite female name of mine since childhood. I was in the sixth grade with a pretty little blonde I fancied. She smiled at me and told me her name was Maria. It was inevitable that I would one day sit up and take notice of a certain gorgeous blonde actress arriving in America from Austria to make movies. Her name, too, was Maria. Maria Schell.
Tuesday, January 27
He was essentially a director of comedies and had been for five decades or so. Some would put him in the same category with such esteemed old-timers as Preston Sturges, Ernst Lubitsch and Howard Hawks. Blake Edwards would often combine slapstick and homages to silent films with sophisticated humor, melancholia and social commentary. One might say he took his comedies seriously. He was devoted to his characters and yet faithful to his audiences. For most of his career, he certainly knew how to put on a great show.
Friday, January 23
Tuesday, January 13
I do like my trio postings, don't I? I get to do three personalities at once. Three birds with one stone, so to speak, if you will. This trio, all actresses of varying talents and films, have in common that they started their careers being on fire. They would light up the sky with dazzling movie debuts and then go by way of the meteor. These types of careers fascinate me. Now, you go ahead, click on the button below and see who they are.
Sunday, January 11
Friday, January 9
We're not that far apart in age. Barbara Hershey once represented for me a lifestyle that I wished I had been more involved in but never could... a flower child, a hippie. Convention was never my thing and I always admired rebels, people bold enough to say no thanks, I'll do it my way. But there was more... she was a good actress, an authentic one, often pulling back layer after layer of complex characters. She is able to embroider together sensuality, sincerity and a degree of omniscience and usually with a ready smile. Her sense of self seems so entrenched that she could never betray it in her work.
Tuesday, January 6
As in stud muffins...! Oh, you suspected that, didn't you? Here are three examples of male beauty in the 60s... and as luck would have it, we just happen to be discussing the 60s. By the way, some serious male beauty. Those faces could, in fact, have something to do with their not making it to the top of the acting ladder. Their successes at their craft varies among the three just as the handsomeness does. They were all actors I liked and whose careers I was pretty much on top of. Let's visit...