Couldn’t Do It Today

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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Notes on “The Birds”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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The moods of Hitchcock’s movies from the ’50s and early ’60s were often keyed to his leading ladies. “Vertigo” is voluptuous and mysterious, like Kim Novak. “To Catch a Thief” is pert and a little mischievous, like Grace Kelly. And “The Birds” is remote and affectless, like Tippi Hedren. It’s wickedly funny, almost kinky, watching Hitchcock bring a cosmic dimension to his Cinema of Guilt. By being a bad girl, Tippi doesn’t just endanger herself, she endangers the whole world, and the meagerness of her transgression underscores the perverseness of the resulting punishment. As in Preminger’s “Bonjour Tristesse,” there’s a sense of postwar malaise, of traditional society coming apart at the seams. Hedren’s Melanie is a city girl, an international jet-setter (Hitchcock throws in a reference to “La Dolce Vita”), who visits a rural enclave and brings the fury of the universe down upon it. I’d always intuited that the movie was a big influence on “Jaws,” but watching it closely I noticed how much Spielberg borrowed, particularly in his depictions of the Amity townspeople. The scene in the diner could almost take place in Amity. And the bit in which Hedren slaps the hysterical mother may be the origin of the similar scene in “Jaws” in which Mrs. Kintner slaps Roy Scheider.

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Naked Lady of the Week: Sylvie Dessartre

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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The cool beauty known as Sylvie Dessartre appeared in a number of French erotic films of the late 1970s. As the images below attest, she also posed for cheesecake photos.

That’s all I know.

Her comportment is remarkably variable. Sometimes she looks bratty, sometimes dewy, and sometimes like a fierce jungle cat. She seems like the kind of woman who’d give you a lot of trouble.

Nudity below. Have a great weekend.

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Spiked, on China’s Social Credit System

Fenster writes:

Is there anything good to be said about China’s emerging social credit system?  Spiked has given it a try.

Defending what the conventional left Guardian refers to as an “an Orwellian tool of social monitoring” is a tall order for a libertarian left publication but Spiked is spunky so I was not totally surprised to see a partial and limited defense mounted there.

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Tourism Bah Humbug

Fenster writes:

I was talking recently with a veteran of the international luxury hotel industry.  He’d spent his career traveling the world and living in interesting locales.

His commentary on the current scene: a sour and angry “I hate tourism.  It is killing places.”

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Weekend Linkage

Paleo Retiree writes:

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Weekend Linkage

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