Inspirational Pep Talk Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

While filming this key scene in a high-stakes production, Fox’s attempt at an all-black musical, Lena Horne kept flubbing her takes with a weak performance. Co-star Cab Calloway took her aside and said:

This is your one chance. You’re going to ruin it for everyone. Bitch, you know what we’ve gone through. Think about somebody in your family that’s died and sing the song.

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Movie Still Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

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Peter Coyote and Emmanuelle Seigner in Roman Polanski’s BITTER MOON (1992), now streaming on Netflix. One of the most perverse movies I’ve ever seen.

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Husband and Wife On Set

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Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles take a break during the filming of THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI.

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Majestic Micro Movies: The Film Essays

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Architecture Du Jour

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Aldwych Quarter, London.

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Three Movie Posters for “L’avventura”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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The French poster utilizes the art from the Italian poster, by the great Carlantonio Longi.

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This Argentine poster features the same basic design, though it’s been reinterpreted somewhat. The acid-y coloration is typical of Argentine movie posters of the period.

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Compared to the other two, this U.S. effort is pretty weak, though it might do a better job of expressing the tone of the movie. Note that it uses Longi’s image of Lea Massari standing on the rocks, though it’s been relegated to the margin.

“L’avventura” was recently released on Blu-ray by Criterion. I think it’s fair to say that the transfer, which derives from a 4k scan of original elements, is among the most beautiful ever to make its way to home video.

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Juxtaposin': Waking Beauties

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

(Sorry about the wonky aspect ratio.)

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