Feb 21, 2014

Classic Links

This Q&A with Tippi Hedren has an unusual vibe. She seems simultaneously content and bitter--
The Guardian

A fascinating post about stage actress Jeanne Eagels and her time in Hollywood. She influenced several early talkie actresses. Watching her in The Letter (1929), I could see how much she influenced Bette Davis--TCM/Movie Morlocks

Reportedly there's a flick in the works about the romance between Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. I know I'm always pooh-poohing biopics, but this one seems especially silly. Those two have already made several films about their romance. Some of their scenes together are so emotionally intimate that I feel like I'm intruding. That's all I need to know--/Film

These pre-code beauty tips are so practical! I don't know about the beauty measuring contraption though. That thing is creepy--Let's Misbehave: A Tribute to Pre-Code Hollywood

Raquelle has posted a great list of all the amazing guests, events and screenings that are scheduled for TCM Film Fest 2014. I am so excited to be going this year!--Out of the Past

An interesting look at the film restoration process as shared by the Criterion Collection--/Film

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  1. I have a sinking feeling a biopic about Hepburn and Tracy will focus on his drinking and dark moods and turn him into a monster. What they'll do with Hepburn, I guess, would depend on what axe the writer wants to grind -- she'd either be a saint or a feminist who threw her life away or whatever. Or maybe it'll be the traditional story arc of an addict redeemed by the love of a good woman.

    Blah blah blah. Just take the script from Ray or Walk the Line and change the names to Hepburn and Tracy.

    You know, maybe not every moment was all roses and sunshine, but it's pretty clear they were smitten with each other, right up to their last scene in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. In this case, the "fiction" on the screen was closer to reality than any "facts" a biopic is going to dig up.

    But that's just my opinion. In any event, I won't be watching it. Not unless they can arrange for Tracy and Hepburn themselves to star in it.

    Actually, there is one Hepburn-Tracy biopic I would watch -- if they tightly focused on, say, the making of Woman of the Year, and somehow showed the craft and hard work that made the on-screen chemistry possible while also capturing the off-screen chemistry that made their relationship possible, that would be interesting. But one thing about Hollywood screenwriters -- they don't seem to have a clue about how movies are made or how artists create. To make a movie worth watching, it would take an artist, and I doubt an artist would want to mess with the perfection that's already available in the form of the movies they made together.

  2. Yes, all of this voices my basic fears about the movie MM. Hopefully they are unfounded. Funny you should mention Woman of the Year, because that is the movie I had in mind when I commented on their onscreen intimacy. There were scenes in that flick where their chemistry was so intense that I felt like watching them was an intrusion. I've never seen a connection that strong between two performers before or since. I think the most interesting way to do a biopic in general is to focus on a time or event in the subject's life. Capturing a whole lifespan is so often tedious. That said, I can't wait to see what they do with the Pickford biopic. I have a good feeling about that one.