Friday, March 31
Tuesday, March 28
He was a unique character in a number of ways. He looked like he knew his way around the docks of his native New Jersey with his misshapened, gaunt face and tough-guy demeanor and fists to back it all up. At the same time, he had been a voracious reader since a childhood bout with rheumatic fever that kept him in bed for long periods of time. He ultimately became a stage actor with a background in the classics. He could be rough around the edges and yet kind and thoughtful. He was an ideal candidate to become one of the leading figures of the film renaissance of the 1970s.
Friday, March 24
Here are three actors, one man and two women, I very much liked at the height of their fame. Each made a contribution to the movie world in his or her own way in the 60s and 70s and then seemed to disappear, at least from American screens. Sometimes it seems to me that the further we get away from the 40s, the shorter careers were. All are Canadians with two being specifically French-Canadians, born in Quebec, and the other comes from the opposite side of the country, British Columbia. Any idea who they might be?
Tuesday, March 21
Friday, March 17
Once upon a time there were four acting brothers and their last name was not Baldwin. It was Bottoms and don't think we didn't have some fun with that back in the 70s. Their first names are Timothy, Joseph, Sam and Ben. They have had varying degrees of success-- Timothy, by far, the most successful-- and today he is the most remembered of the four although the youngins today probably haven't heard of any of them.
Tuesday, March 14
He came into his own in the 1970s with a trio of wonderful conspiracy thrillers, often called the Paranoia Trilogy, and his influence was celebrated throughout the entire decade. The public flocked to his films because they knew they were in for a helluva good time. He directed two stunningly-talented women to best actress Oscars. Before he directed he was a producer and part of a duo whose stamp on a film meant accolades for both. What seems odd is that such a sophisticated filmmaker would not only fall in a slump from which he wouldn't truly recover but that his total directorial output was a mere 16 films.
Friday, March 10
There are some actors and actresses that I have the hardest time understanding how they made it in Hollywood. They are usually not very talented and not good-looking, two prerequisites to carving out a successful career. And there are others who are quite handsome or beautiful and may or may not have talent and they don't make it. Some fell by the wayside because they just could never relate to the crazy business of movie-making. Some had behavior issues or got a case of Mr. Bighead. Some it's just plain perplexing. Let's look at some odd movie careers.
Tuesday, March 7
France loves its cinema and for years has held three actresses in iconic status. There's the sex kitten Brigitte Bardot, the beautiful ice queen Catherine Deneuve and the subject of today's posting, one of the great screen goddesses of our time, by far the best actress of the three, the luminous Jeanne Moreau.