June 6, 2013 |
Even her dog could swim. That's one of my favorite memories from interviewing swimmer-turned-movie-star Esther Williams at her house in Beverly Hills in 1984. Williams, who died Thursday morning at the age of 91, was delightful talking about her fabled past at MGM. And of course her house had a pool - that's where her little terrier would dog paddle. Like many baby boomers, I grew up watching the former swimming champ's vastly entertaining MGM Technicolor musicals like 1944's "Bathing Beauty" and 1949's "Neptune's Daughter" on television, swooning over her extravagant, almost psychedelic swimming routines.
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October 10, 2012
Turhan Bey, 90, an actor whose exotic good looks earned him the nickname of "Turkish Delight" in films with Errol Flynn and Katharine Hepburn before he left Hollywood for a quieter life in Vienna, died Sept. 30 in the Austrian capital after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. His friend Marita Ruiter, who exhibited Bey's photos in her Luxembourg gallery, confirmed his death, according to the Austria Press Agency. Born in Austria as Gilbert Selahettin Schultavey, the son of a Turkish diplomat, Bey assumed his stage name shortly after moving to the United States from Vienna with his Jewish Czech mother to escape the Nazis and being discovered by talent scouts from Warner Bros.
September 2, 2012 |
As far back as Louis Lumière's 1895 "Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory in Lyon" 46-second short, work has been a central theme in motion pictures.There have been stark dramas about officer workers as drones (King Vidor's 1928 "The Crowd"), satires (Charlie Chaplin's 1936 "Modern Times"), angry explorations of the hardships of unemployment (John Ford's 1940 "The Grapes of Wrath") and the dangers of certain occupations (Ford's 1941 "How Green Was My Valley" about miners) or political statements such as 1979's "Norma Rae," which examined the struggle to unionize a factory.
July 27, 2012 |
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill which triples that state's post-production tax credit, a punch in the gut to Southern California's own film and TV community already struggling to keep business in the Golden State. The law increases the credit to 30% (35% for upstate New York), from 10%, on post-production costs and is the first of its kind in the country, said the Post New York Alliance, an association of film and television post-production facilities and labor unions operating in New York.
July 25, 2012 |
The genre known as spaghetti westerns featured more than just actor Clint Eastwood and director Sergio Leone. There were numerous directors and actors who appeared in these 1960s-era films. And the American Cinematheque's “Spaghetti Westerns Unchained” series serves up treats from such masters as Sergio Corbucci and Carlo Lizzani. The fun begins Thursday at the Egyptian Theatre with 1966's “The Big Gundown,” directed by Sergio Sollima, with Lee Van Cleef, and Lizzani's 1966 “The Hills Ran Red,” with Henry Silva and film noir icon Dan Duryea.
June 26, 2012 |
"The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1943 epic tale of a British army officer, encountered countless obstacles over the last 70 years. Prime Minister Winston Churchill didn't want it made and even went so far as to visit one of the film's stars to discourage him from doing it. Produced during the height of World War II, the British War Department refused to help the production, which was shot in three-strip Technicolor. The original negative was severely cut for the 1945 U.S. release and had developed mold.