“Please let me keep this memory, just this one.”
🎬 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).
Burt Lancaster in Brute Force (Jules Dassin, 1947), a film noir crime drama
Bibi Andersson & Liv Ullmann / PERSONA (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
“True Romance” by Tyler Stout
Winona Ryder / HEATHERS (1989, Michael Lehmann)
gorgeous gilded church in Sombrero (1953)
Margot Robbie / ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD (2019, Quentin Tarantino)
Jayne Mansfield, 1956.
(Photo by Peter Stackpole, Life Magazine)
Here are 10 things you should know about Paul Lukas, born 125 years ago (or thereabouts) today. He arrived in Hollywood just at the end of the silent era and had to scramble to adapt to talking pictures.
Billy Wilder’s masterpiece turns 70 this year!
Words cannot express my love for Sunset Blvd. It’s essentially a gothic tale– arguably, a symbolic vampire story with Norma Desmond sucking the very life out of Joe Gillis, pulling him into her distorted, self-centered universe. The divide between the faded glamour of Norma’s mansion and the everyday world of struggling Hollywood hopefuls like Joe and his would-be lover Betty Schaeffer reminds me a great deal of a similar contrast between enchantment and the everyday in Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, giving Sunset Blvd the feel of a fairy tale too.
How can a movie so rooted in a specific place and time remain so relevant? How much has really changed regarding Hollywood celebrities and the desire for fame? Or how actresses are seen as “too old” when they are no longer under 40? It’s amazing how much of the movie still resonates– in part due to the timelessness of the topics involved and in part due to the combination of sharp writing, stylish direction, and strong performances.
Natalie Wood bares her soul in a glamorous still for Gypsy (1962).
Carole Landis, 1941, whose career started with great promise but ended in suicide in 1948
Ava Gardner with 2nd husband bandleader Artie Shaw just before their marriage ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall, 1946