"I couldn't face the prospect of my child growing up and asking me, years later, what I had done, and having to say: 'Nothing.'"
Last spring Leslie Thomas, a Chicago-based architect, read a story detailing the fallout of hostilities between the Sudanese government and the rebels -- more than 200,000 dead, 2.5 million made homeless -- and decided to put together DARFUR/DARFUR
: a traveling exhibit
of digitally-projected changing images. The goal: to raise $1m with at least 24 venues in 24 months.
The photographs have been taken in Darfur
by photojournalists Lynsey Addario
, Mark Brecke
, VII's Ron Haviv
, Magnum Photos's Paolo Pellegrin
, Ryan Spencer Reed
, Michal Safdie, and former U.S. Marine Brian Steidle
. On a sidenote, Pellegrin has just been awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant.
posted on Nov-2-06 at 11:40 AM
is a photographic essay
and a documentary film
about the treatment of eating disorders
. In 1997, Lauren Greenfield
began documenting the lives of patients
at the Renfrew Center
in Coconut Grove, Florida, a forty-bed residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders. She subsequently returned to Renfrew to take more photographs, and was eventually given unprecedented access
to film the daily lives of patients
". (scroll down or search for "Greenfield")
. 2002 MeFi post on Greenfield's previous project, "Girl Culture
posted on Oct-16-06 at 10:43 AM
“The leader of the jury looked at his papers and said in the first round: ‘I know a disabled person is coming. I want the jury to close their eyes. I don’t want them to be touched in any way.’ ”
As if, of course, one needed to know about Thomas Quasthoff
's Thalidomide-related severe physical handicaps
to be moved by the sound
of his voice
He goes seamlessly from pianissimo to fortissimo
, in his recitals a single Lied becomes "a major, stunning drama playing out in a few minutes"
He sang jazz to support himself in university
and it remains a passion (he likes to sing Paul Robeson or even Frank Sinatra encores), but he's famously leery of crossover artists like Andrea Bocelli
. Just don't cough during his recitals -- "because I love this music so much
". He doesn't like to talk much about his nightmarish childhood and teenage years, plagued by surgeries and body casts -- "I have in my past time had very difficult years, very difficult years"
is all he'll usually say -- so please try not to consider him a victim
, because he doesn't see himself
as such: "I don't think people are moved because I am disabled. I think it's because I have something to say
." More inside.
posted on Oct-2-06 at 8:17 AM
"Then my photography started to shift; everything had to be very clean and Republican, straight and perfect... Everything is staged and controlled... It's the complete opposite of war photography."
War photographer Christopher Morris
's new exhibit
: "My America
posted on Sep-27-06 at 6:42 PM
was the legendary war (warning: GRAPHIC) photographer
who was killed
in El Salvador
(his last six frames are a record of his own death
). He was 36. Now his son, war photographer Eros Hoagland
, has a gallery show
in New York: "Tijuana
posted on Sep-18-06 at 8:39 AM
"I would like to do better, to be better than I am".
He's the French New Wave maverick
and Academy Award winner (at 26, for his first short
) who, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz -- with considerable personal pain and the admission that "no description, no picture can reveal the true dimension
" of what happened in the camps -- made what François Truffaut called "the greatest film ever made
", duly censored by French authorities
. Four years later he baffled audiences with "the first modern film of sound cinema
", shattering the rules of chronology
to describe the “anguish of the future”: even if all he ever wanted was "to stop death in its tracks
" (French language link)
, only for one minute
. But he is also the unabashed lover of la bande dessinée
who learnt English by reading comic books
and in the Seventies dreamed (French language link)
of making "Spider-Man" into a movie
(the Hollywood studios were not convinced), the MGM old-school musical
nut so in love with design that "half of the fashion photography of the past 40 years owes a debt
" to him. Now, Alain Resnais
' new work
, just shown at the Venice Film Festival
where his buddy David Lynch was awarded a lifetime achievement Golden Lion
, is a French film inspired
by an English play with 54 short scenes
, music by the X-Files's Mark Snow. (more inside)
posted on Sep-8-06 at 11:10 AM
"Everything is foggy. Everything is not clear. He was alive when we got to the other side. And now I have brought him back dead. Whatever hopes we had, that's where they ended."
The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman
posted on Sep-3-06 at 8:38 AM
"I choose to hang on to the anorexia" (requires Flash, disturbing images)
posted on Aug-17-06 at 8:24 AM
Teenage Hoboes in the Great Depression. During the Great Depression over 250,000 young people left home and began riding freight trains or hitchhiking across America. Most of them were between 16 and 25 years of age. Many finally found work and shelter through the Civilian Conservation Corps, a government relief project that Franklin D. Roosevelt established in 1933 as part of the New Deal. From 1933 to 1942, CCC enrollees built new roads, strung telephone wires, erected fire towers, and planted approximately 3 billion trees. By 1935, the program was providing employment for more than 500,000 young men.
posted on Jul-7-06 at 7:45 AM
The Jackie Robinson of architecture.
An orphaned African American boy from downtown Los Angeles, Paul Revere Williams
wanted to be an architect, and when he mentioned his career goal the high school guidance counselor ”stared at me with as much astonishment as he would have had I proposed a rocket flight to Mars... Whoever heard of a Negro being an architect?
”. Therefore, Williams learned to read and draw upside down -- he knew that white clients would not sit next to him -- graduated from USC
and in 1924 became the first certified African American architect west of the Mississippi. In a 50-year long extraordinary career,
he designed landmarks like the Theme restaurant
at Los Angeles International Airport
(with Welton Becket
), the LA County Courthouse
, the Hollywood YMCA
, Saks Fifth Avenue
in Beverly Hills
, restored the Beverly Hills Hotel. Some of his most interesting buildings, like the La Concha Motel
in Las Vegas
have either been razed
to the ground
or, like the "Batman house
", aka 160 S San Rafael mansion
in Pasadena, have been destroyed by fire. Now, Williams' historic Morris Landau House
has been cut into 21 separate pieces
and sits in a Santa Clarita storage yard, rotting away
. More inside.
posted on Jul-2-06 at 9:25 AM
In 1945-46, some of the (very few) Polish Jews who had survived the Final Solution returned -- sick, poor, wounded -- to Poland. In Elie Wiesel's words, "they had thought all too naively that antisemitism, discredited 6 million times over, had died at Auschwitz with its victims. They were wrong
." In 2001 Princeton professor Jan
published the story of the 1941 destruction of the Jewish community
at Jedwabne, Poland
, and proved how Jews were rounded up, clubbed, drowned, gutted or burned to death not by German forces as previously believed but by mobs of their own non-Jewish neighbors
. Now professor Gross tells the story of the Kielce pogrom
in his new book, "Fear
". Of course, the Kielce butchery took place in 1946 -- more than a year after
the end of WWII and defeat of Nazism. More inside.
posted on Jun-25-06 at 8:25 AM
Shifting between motion and stasis, he shows a man on a horse, a scarecrow, a dog, another dog seen closer, then even closer as it faces the still camera in the last shot. Superimposed over this still photo is the orange red blast of an atomic bomb and its mushroom cloud—the first appearance of color in the film. The photo catches fire, and the image of the dog is slowly devoured by flames. As the photo turns into ashes, a prayer from the Shiite text Nahjulbalagha appears alongside it in English: “Dear Lord, give us rain from tame, obedient clouds and not from dense and fiery clouds which summon death. Amen.”
In "The Roads of Kiarostami
", his latest short film (.pdf)
, Iranian maestro Abbas Kiarostami
begins with his landscape photographs
and ends with apocalypse
. more inside
posted on Jun-9-06 at 3:33 AM
«The silent queen of all that is snowy and pure» (.pdf) I will never forget the first time I saw Giovanni Pastrone’s
extraordinary Cabiria... I wasn’t quite
prepared for the sheer scope and beauty of this film. And I was
completely unprepared for having my sense of film history re-aligned. There are so many elements that we took for granted
as American inventions – the long-form historical epic, the
moving camera, diffused light. Suddenly, here they were in a
picture made two years before Griffith’s Birth of a Nation.
-- Martin Scorsese
It was the first film to be over three hours long, the first to use a moving camera, the first to cost 20 times the average cost of a motion picture; Pastrone took several elephants and hundreds of extras to the Alps, in the dead of winter, to film scenes that only lasted a couple of minutes
onscreen. He hired an ex-dockworker and turned him into one of the first action movie heroes
. And, he also created the first international marketing campaign
of the history of cinema. The Americans were so impressed that Cabiria became the first film to be ever shown on White House grounds
. Last week, at the Cannes Film Festival, a beautiful, painstakingly restored version of this forgotten masterpiece
has just been shown to the public.
posted on May-29-06 at 1:40 PM
"The sound was not of this world, it hovered in space like some celestial blessing".
He could play the piano ”before he had learned to smile”, his mother said, and he gave his first concert at the age of six. He studied under Alfred Cortot
, Charles Munch
, Paul Dukas
, and Nadia Boulanger
. He was an esteemed teacher and critic at 19, an international phenomenon at 24. He escaped from his native Rumania to Switzerland in 1943 with his fiancée, a joint capital of five Swiss francs in their pockets. After the war, just as he had arrived in the pantheon of great performing artists, Dinu Lipatti
was diagnosed with leukemia. In September 1950, near death, despite the urgings of his doctors Lipatti insisted upon one last recital at Besançon
. As his wife recalled, this was the only way Lipatti could bear to take his leave of the world
. Lipatti was so weak he could barely walk to the piano.
But once he began playing, he became transformed.
After performing 13 waltzes, he could no longer muster the strength necessary to perform the final selection
. So he substituted Myra Hess's piano arrangement of Bach's 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
.(page with sound)
. Three months later, Lipatti died at the age of 33
. After Lipatti's funeral, his old mentor Cortot wrote: "There was nothing to teach you. One could, in fact, only learn from you."
posted on May-20-06 at 11:14 AM
He's so penetrating that even I sometimes can't look, because it's so painful. He brings tremendous pain into his vision, and he makes you very aware of what you're looking at.
thinks that Eugene Richards
is "possibly the best walking, living photographer
in the world". Richards, who has recently been working on the War Is Personal
project for The Nation Institute
, has just joined
, Ron Haviv
, Gary Knight
, Antonin Kratochvil
, Christopher Morris
, James Nachtwey
, John Stanmeyer
, Lauren Greenfield
and Joachim Ladefoged
(their portraits are here
) in the VII collective
. More inside.
posted on May-17-06 at 8:33 AM
Drama is impossible today. I don't know of any. Drama used to be the belief in guilt, and in a higher order. This absolutely cruel didactic is impossible, unacceptable for us moderns. But melodrama has kept it. You are caged. In melodrama you have human, earthly prisons rather than godly creations. Every Greek tragedy ends with the chorus — "those are strange happenings. Those are the ways of the gods". And so it always is in melodrama.
His career as a film director lasted more than 40 years, but Douglas Sirk (1900-1987)
is remembered for the melodramas he made for Universal in Hollywood between 1954 and 1959, his "divine wallow
": Magnificent Obsession (1954)
, All That Heaven Allows (1955)
, Written on the Wind (1956)
, The Tarnished Angels (1958, William Faulkner considered it the best screen adaptation of one of his novels)
, Imitation of Life (1959)
-- all considered for decades little more than a camp oddity
. Now audiences are beginning to look deeper at the films of Douglas Sirk, at how, in megafan Todd Haynes' words, they are "almost spookily accurate about the emotional truths
". Now, lucky Chicagoans can enjoy "Douglas Sirk at Universal", matinees at the Music Box
. More inside.
posted on Apr-29-06 at 11:56 AM
Virginia Woolf the cricketer, the beach belle posing in a stripy bathing suit or as the March Hare at an Alice in Wonderland-themed party.
For the first time, 1,000 photographs from Woolf's private album
and that of her sister, Vanessa Bell, have been catalogued and published
. More inside. (via litterae)
posted on Apr-15-06 at 3:30 PM
The world might change to something quite different,
As the air changes or the lightning comes without our blinking,
Change as the kisses are changing without our thinking.
Charles Simic on Elizabeth Bishop's uncollected poems
posted on Apr-14-06 at 12:24 PM
Mahler performances were rare in Vienna in those days because Mahler's city had already been contaminated by the acolytes of Adolf Hitler. By their reckoning, Mahler's music was loathsome — a product of "Jewish decadence." To put Mahler's music on the program was therefore a political act. It was to protest and deny the hateful faith that blazed across the border from Germany. That much I understood quite clearly, even as a boy
The New Yorker's Alex Ross
reprints Hans Fantel
's New York Times 1989 essay
on Bruno Walter's 1938 performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony
-- the last performance of the Vienna Philharmonic before Hitler invaded Austria.
posted on Apr-10-06 at 9:09 AM
"To all our sisters who have committed suicide or who have been institutionalized for their rebellion." Throughout her career, but especially in her latest and most wrenching work— Sisters, Saints, & Sibyls, the 39-minute three-screen lamentation that is a duel memoir of her sister's suicide at the age of 19 and her own mortifications of the flesh and battles with addiction—the photographer Nan Goldin has been one of the great living suicides of recent art history... Charles Baxter wrote that novelist Malcolm Lowry captured "the way things radiate just before they turn to ash." At her best Goldin does this too.
posted on Apr-7-06 at 1:42 PM
The Goats of West Point ”...though only about twenty years of age, had the appearance of being much older. He had a worn, weary, discontented look, not easily forgotten by those who were intimate with him.”
A new book
tells the story of Sergeant Major Edgar Allan Poe
Battery H (.pdf)
, First Artillery
, West Point
, Class of 1834
. And of other famous cadets
posted on Apr-6-06 at 2:38 AM
"Ten Favorite Offbeat Musicals"
by Jonathan Rosenbaum
posted on Apr-4-06 at 10:36 AM
published plays. Four
Pulitzer Prizes. Three
marriages. A suicide
attempt. A celebrity
for a father. A drug-addicted mother
who blamed her habit on her son. A daughter estranged
, a son who committed suicide
. A Nobel Prize
, the only ever awarded to an American playwright.
from inside out
: a documentary film
for American Experience
. More inside.
posted on Mar-30-06 at 7:43 AM
still breathe deep inside me.
This one's too short of breath even to sigh.
", by Wislawa Szymborska
. (via the Daily Poems of poems.com)
posted on Mar-29-06 at 7:17 AM
It's still about the means of production, you see — but in the overdeveloped world, at least, it's not about the production of goods and services anymore. Today's virtual revolutionary is happy to leave all that to capitalists. The virtual revolutionary wants to control the production of meaning — representations of herself and her world as she wants them to seem. Or be. Or whatever.
That's all she asks.
Or, rather, takes.
Thomas de Zengotita welcomes the big world of the small screen
. Peter Bogdanovich, instead, still mourns that last picture show
posted on Mar-26-06 at 8:17 AM
After a Noel Mewton-Wood
performance of Hindemith's (.pdf) Ludus Tonalis
, Dame Myra Hess
exclaimed: ‘The boy is truly remarkable, and what shall he be like at 40-odd?
Glowing testimonials to his ‘genius’ (Sir Malcolm Sargent) from Beecham, Schnabel, Bliss, Hindemith and Britten were countered by indifference from the major record labels and concert managements. In 1953, at the age of 31, the pianist, a shy young man susceptible to depression, committed suicide
. Now, the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive
of Middlesex University offers a scan of the The London Evening News page with the report of Mewton-Wood's death
. And here is a mp3 page with some of his out-of-print work
posted on Mar-24-06 at 10:53 AM
He has cavorted naked with Charlotte Rampling [this is VERY NSFW]
and covered himself in caviar for Marc Jacobs
, but Jürgen Teller
thinks "fashion is a wank".
Teller's first solo show in Paris is entitled "Nurnberg"
, it consists of a sequence of images (annoying Flash site, sorry)
taken at the infamous Zeppelintribune
parade ground, site of Nazi propaganda rallies
, which was designed by Hitler's favourite builder, Albert Speer. Over several months, Teller (.pdf)
has photographed the monument, the podium and the steep, ruthless steps, all of which have been left to decay. Or not. "It wasn't really maintained, but if there was a broken step, or a smashed wall, it would be mysteriously replaced with a new one." Teller's photographs show the delicate weeds, flowers and lichen [NSFW]
that have grown up around the stone blocks. "In Germany, there is a saying about letting the grass grow over things, meaning that events will eventually be forgotten".
posted on Mar-22-06 at 11:31 AM
America's First Superstar.
He was the highest paid actor in the world, beloved by fans so passionate about his performances that a riot (23 people killed, more than a hundred wounded) ensued
when a rival
dared to perform the role that had made him famous. He enjoyed all the trappings
of a superstar's life: portraits
taken by America's most famous photographer, a large mansion
(now a historic landmark), and of course a scandalous divorce trial
He was also one of the most prominent book collectors
in the country. Edwin Forrest
was born 200 years ago
posted on Mar-21-06 at 8:42 AM
William Blake's Grave.
Museums and galleries only have a few weeks left to save William Blake
watercolour illustrations accompanying Robert Blair
’s poem “The Grave
”, before they are dispersed
at auction in New York on 2 May.
posted on Mar-17-06 at 10:24 AM
Jefferson has his Monticello; Washington, Mount Vernon. Now, Benjamin Franklin's only surviving residence, Number 36 Craven Street
, London, opened its doors to the public
. More inside.
posted on Mar-16-06 at 9:23 AM
Black Farmers in America
: video presentation (Quicktime)
and photo essay
by John Ficara
posted on Mar-14-06 at 11:18 AM
Jerry Lewis at 80 (more inside)
posted on Mar-13-06 at 10:12 AM
The Riot of Spring.
, Paris, May 29, 1913. Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Marcel Proust, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy are among those present at the premiere of The Rite of Spring
(the score is here
), written by Igor Stravinsky
and choreographed by the great Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky
The music and the choreography shocked the audience with its daring modernism, ripping up the rulebook of classical ballet with its heavy, savage movements. Many in the audience promptly booed, then yelled, insulting the performers and each other. Then fistfights broke out. The police was summoned, but was unable to stop an all-out riot
Now the BBC has made a TV movie about that night
. More inside.
posted on Mar-11-06 at 8:38 AM
“Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution” -- an online exhibit
posted on Mar-7-06 at 11:51 AM
I first read "Ask the Dust" in 1971 when I was doing research for "Chinatown". I was concerned about the way people really sounded when they talked, and I was dissatisfied with everything else I had read that was written during the '30s. I wanted the real thing, as Henry James would say. When I picked up Fante's "Ask the Dust," I just knew that was the way those kids talked to each other—the rhythms, cadences, racism.
on adapting John Fante
's novel for the big screen
. More inside.
posted on Mar-4-06 at 11:14 AM
Hamlet on the Ramparts
is a public website designed and maintained by the MIT Shakespeare Project
in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library
and other institutions. It aims to provide free access to an evolving collection of texts, images, and film relevant to Hamlet’s first encounter with the Ghost. More inside.
posted on Feb-28-06 at 3:34 PM
Kristine Larsen: Before and After 9/11
posted on Feb-27-06 at 2:01 PM
'You really liked it, huh? You really thought it was good?'
He regaled one friend with memories of being in the womb, took another shopping for jerseys in Paris, and said he regretted calling his play Godot. As the centenary of his birth approaches, 'Beckett Remembering Remembering Beckett
'. More inside.
posted on Feb-26-06 at 8:36 AM
The Asana Index. There are literally 1000s of asana variations in Hatha Yoga.
We are attempting to collect the most descriptive pictures of these asanas from all over the Internet, published materials, and individual donations, listing them in an alphabetical index. (via chattering mind)
posted on Feb-25-06 at 8:19 AM
"He was someone who acted out our psyches ... He somehow got into the shadows inside our bodies; he was able to nail down some of our secret fears and put them on-screen... the history of Lon Chaney is the history of unrequited loves. He brings that part of you out into the open, because you fear that you are not loved, you fear that you never will be loved, you fear there is some part of you that's grotesque, that the world will turn away from."
A Valentine for Lon Chaney
, the Man
of a Thousand Faces
. (BugMeNot for the first link; more inside)
posted on Feb-18-06 at 12:48 PM
"They are demanding that I kill the children of my people with my own hands"
On October 4, 1939, a few days after Warsaw's surrender to the Nazis, Adam Czerniaków
was made head of the 24 member Judenrat, the Jewish Council (write "Czerniakow" in the linked page's search box)
responsible for implementing German orders in the Jewish community (interactive map of the Warsaw ghetto)
. On July 22, 1942 -- Tisha B'Av
, the "saddest day in Jewish history
" -- the Judenrat received instructions that all Warsaw Jews were to be deported to the East (exceptions were to be made for Jews working in German factories, Jewish hospital staff, members of the Judenrat and their families, and members of the Jewish police force and their families. Czerniaków tried to convince the Germans at least not to deport the Jewish orphans)
. Czerniaków kept a diary from September 6, 1939, until the day of his death. It was published in 1979 in the English language as the "The Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniaków: Prelude to Doom
", edited by one of the most prominent
, Raul Hilberg
. More inside.
posted on Feb-17-06 at 11:22 AM
of Schindler House
posted on Feb-16-06 at 11:08 AM
In the Twilight of Modernity and the Silent Film (.pdf)
Irie Takako was the most popular actress in 1930s Japan: film scholar Tanaka Masasumi locates the turning point of Japanese modernity in 1933, the year Kenji Mizoguchi
's The Water Magician
was made, arguing that Irie's transformation from radiant embodiment of moga
(modern girl, the Japanese version of the flapper)-hood to suffering beauty in a kimono (.pdf)
epitomized modernism's (modanizumu
) defeat by nationalism in 1930's Japan. (via Camera Obscura; more inside)
posted on Feb-15-06 at 9:57 AM
"The German invasion of Britain took place in July 1940, after the British retreat from Dunkirk".
We see, documentary-style, members of the Wehrmacht trooping past Big Ben and St Paul's Cathedral, lounging in the parks, having their jackboots shined by old cockneys, and appreciatively visiting the shrine of that good German, Prince Albert
, in Kensington Gardens. Kevin Brownlow
and Andrew Mollo
's film "It Happened Here
", with its cast of hundreds (.pdf)
, imagines what a Nazi occupation might have been like — complete with underground resistance, civilian massacres, civil strife, torch-lit rallies, Jewish ghettos, and organized euthanasia. Shot on weekends, eight years in production, made for about $20,000 with nonactors and borrowed equipment and Stanley Kubrick's help, "It Happened Here" was originally envisioned by Brownlow
as a sort of Hammer horror flick about a Nazi Britain
. Thanks in part to Mollo's fanatical concern with historical accuracy
, however, it became something else
. The most remarkable thing about this account of everyday fascism is that it has no period footage. Brownlow's 1968 book
about the film's production, "How It Happened Here
", has recently been republished
. More inside.
posted on Feb-12-06 at 8:04 AM
The "Jap Doll" -- Ningyô on the Western Toyshelf 1850-1940
posted on Feb-10-06 at 12:23 PM
For all the hoo-ha about Callas first bringing real acting to the operatic stage, one has only to view the footage of Risë Stevens legendary 1952 “Carmen” to see what kind of Method she brought to the Met. Stevens was the definitive gypsy wanton, and her performance has it all— fire, ice, and that impossible balance between elegance and sluttiness. Her technique is superb—licking her fingers before extinguishing the candles in what will be her death chamber, then flicking off the wax; flinging her unwanted lover’s ring at him, spitting out a contemptuous
The Metropolitan Opera Guild honors
the Bronx-born singer
, now 92. More inside.
posted on Feb-9-06 at 11:07 AM
The Man With The Magnétoscope. "How marvelous to be able to look at what you cannot see... cinema, like Christianity, is not founded on historical truth. It supplies us with a story and says: Believe — believe come what may."
's 'Histoire(s) du Cinéma
' at UCLA
posted on Feb-7-06 at 12:55 PM
He complained to [Kingsley] Amis in 1943...that "all women are stupid beings" and remarked in 1983 that he'd recently accompanied Monica [Jones] to a hospital "staffed ENTIRELY by wogs, cheerful and incompetent." ...His views on politics and class seemed to be pithily captured in a ditty he shared again with Amis. "I want to see them starving,/The so-called working class,/Their wages yearly halving,/Their women stewing grass..." For recreation he apparently found time for pornography, preferably with a hint of sado-masochism".
on Philip Larkin
posted on Feb-6-06 at 12:49 PM
“Wouldn’t you know, the kid they pick to play tramps is the only good girl in Hollywood.”
Before Myrna Loy
rose to stardom with Manhattan Melodrama
and The Thin Man (both 1934)
, she was often relegated to playing vamps, mistresses, and other assorted flavors of wicked women
. Then, after 80 movies playing mostly bad girls, Montana native Loy
became “the perfect wife.” “Men Must Marry Myrna Loy
” clubs were formed around the country. She and Clark Gable, in a poll conducted by Ed Sullivan, were voted by 20 million of the nation’s moviegoers as The King and Queen of Hollywood. She was FDR's favorite actress, and John Dillinger died just to see her new movie
. A staunch anti-Nazi since the mid-Thirties
(to MGM's dismay, Hitler promptly banned her films from the lucrative German market
), wondered aloud in the press why blacks were always given servants' roles, and was the first major star to buck the studios in a contract dispute (the issue: equal pay for equal work. She was making half what William Powell was, didn't like it and quit work for nearly a year until MGM capitulated
). When WWII broke out she quit Hollywood and worked full time for the Red Cross
, and helped run a Naval Auxilary Canteen. More inside.
posted on Feb-3-06 at 12:37 PM
Stills from Sir Alfred's movies: Hitchcock blondes
. Mothers in Hitchcock movies
. Dangling and falling
. Eyes in Hitchcock movies
. Match cuts
. 'Tunnel' shots
. How to throw a punch
. Also: Hitchcock & Psychoanalysis
posted on Feb-2-06 at 12:28 PM