Jan 24, 2013

Classic Links

I've never seen these gorgeous Marilyn Monroe photos before. I love the black and white contrast.

A bunch of great bloggers are featured in the current issue of Dark Pages. Check it out!-- Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

True Classics is always so good about staying on top of all the blogathons out there. There are tons coming up. I might not be able to resist the Cagney one--True Classics

I love this essay about Phantom Lady (1944), especially the last line--Sunset Gun

Kevin Kline as Errol Flynn in his last days. I can see that. Maybe some biopics are worth making--The Guardian

I can never read enough about Tati's Playtime (1967), especially when the writer really gets it like Sheila does. Beautiful screen caps too--
The Sheila Variations

A lot of these clips featuring Orson Welles are interesting, but that last one always gets me (ignore the creepy animation and just listen). In this harangue he launched into while recording audio for a commecial, Welles reveals so much about himself. I used to think it was funny, but now I sense the sadness and frustration he felt having to take ad gigs to support his projects--Roger Ebert's Journal

Look at how many of these "meet cutes" are from studio-age classics. I guess things haven't been very cute since then--The Guardian

Thank you to Desiree from Rosalind Russell for the Versatile Blogger award and Monty from All Good Things for the Blog of the Year award. I am honored that you thought of me.


  1. Thank you for the mention, KC! It's been great fun reading everyone's contributions on NIGHTMARE ALLEY in the Dark Pages. :)

    Especially enjoyed that PHANTOM LADY link, saw the movie again a few months ago.

    Best wishes,

  2. The Orson Welles frozen pea ad really is something. On the one hand, I think, damn, Orson, don't take out your frustrations on these hapless studio workers. Might be a shlocky ad for frozen peas, but be professional! On the other, he's Orson effing Welles. I'd be bitter too if my career turned out that way.

    Either way, I always think of Pinky and the Brain's almost word-for-word reenactment, which makes me feel simultaneously better and worse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlXEC8kcbqc

    P.S. Thanks for the shout-out to my Demoiselles post a little while ago! Forgot to comment, but it's much appreciated!

  3. Sorry for the late response Lauras! (hehe, I love it when both of you comment.)

    Laura Misc--It's so nice to see a lesser known gem like Nightmare Alley get some quality attention. I thought that was such a good idea.

    Laura World--I know what you mean. I cringe for the guys in the studio, but the script is so horrible. How could he just let that slide? The first time I heard about this was via the Pinky and the Brain clip! Maybe that's why I thought it was funny for so long.