Jul 4, 2014

Classic Links

R.I.P. Eli Wallach, 98, who I admired both for his acting and the way he nourished himself with his passion for acting as long as he was able.

I liked him best in Baby Doll (1956), where he was both menacing and erotic, seducing Carroll Baker with that sexy, rabbity overbite. He stole everything he ever made because he had the courage to let loose, something he did to legendary effect in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966). Though he often played men of questionable morality, he gave varied performances in movies like The Moon-Spinners (1964), The Line-up (1958) and The Misfits (1961). He was passion incarnate and left us all wanting more.

TCM paid him a fine tribute. I'm looking forward to the channel's five film tribute to Wallach this coming Monday:

And as if that didn't have me teary-eyed enough, I revisited the Oscar Family Album clip from the 1998 Academy Awards ceremony, in which several of the past acting honorees are introduced to a delighted audience. 

I always lose it when I see Theresa Wright, it's the point where I transition from weepy to the ugly cry. It's touching how nervous most of them are to be up there, as themselves, without lines to read or a role to play:

Sophia Loren has finally written her memoirs, to be released in December. I don't know if I've ever been more excited to read a bio!--NewsOK

Kevin Kline demonstrates some well-developed Errol Flynnisms in this trailer for The Last of Robin Hood (2013), about the controversial actor's relationship with a much younger actress, played by Dakota Fanning. I'm usually iffy about biopics, but this looks promising--Indiwire

This is a charming, if brief clip in which Deanna Durbin receives her special juvenile Academy Award, presented to her by Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergan--The Amazing Deanna Durbin

The BN.com half-yearly 50% off Criterion Collection sale has begun. It will run through 7/28. Laura shares the details and her picks--Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

"Hollywood studio 21st Century Fox is to set up a mentoring programme in an effort to improve gender balance in the film industry." Well it's about time! This is a great way to diversify the industry with more female directors. It would be interesting to do the same with different ethnicities. I liked the slam-dunk comment below about the lack of female movie critics in the Guardian, another industry-wide imbalance--The Guardian

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