RIP Esther Williams. She was strong, confident, a great athlete and beautiful in a fresh, unfussy way. I thought she had movie star charisma on dry land as well, always performing with a bit of a wink. She made great sacrifices for her films, getting slicked up with grease so water rolled off of her like a Mallard and taking risks for crazy screen stunts which sometimes were made even more dangerous by improper preparation by the studio. This was one tough lady.
Check out this post with some of my favorite flicks starring the Million Dollar Mermaid-- Classic Movies
Here's a great tribute to Williams, with information about the upcoming TCM tribute to Williams--Laura's Miscellaneous Musings
The touching story of the secret resurrection of Peter Bogdanovich's At Long Last Love (1975). This is a huge testament to the power of great editing--Blogdanovich
This is an excellent introduction to the Doris Day Show. I'm looking forward to Ivan's weekly Doris Day(s) feature. A mediocre show, yes, but heck, it's Doris--Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
Oh my goodness. That's the guy from The Wire! As Richard Burton! Wow. I've got to see this--The Guardian
Many thanks to Maggie at Pondering Life for the Thingster award. I love the attention. Check out this post, and tell me you're not fuming after reading about the way Eddie Murphy and Cary Grant were rated for a particular film book. Actually, I just had to laugh--Pondering Life
I wanted to give a shout out to a new Kickstarter campaign that was brought to my attention by photographer and filmmaker Daniel Bean. It is inspired by Ingmar Bergman's Persona (1966). I think Daniel puts it best:
The Persona Project will be a still photographic print set which will the capture the magic and mystique that the film is still famous for today using contemporary models and cutting edge use of composition, lighting and other artistic merits.