RIP Anita Ekberg. For me it was never about her acting, but her public persona as a woman with a passionate zest for life. Her famous fountain scene in La Dolce Vita (1960) is so effective because it is not about skill, but the force of her personality. That said, I thought she pulled off a great, offbeat performance in The Alphabet Murders (1965). She could add a jolt to a film just by being there.
Read about her eventful life in this Obituary from the Guardian
Another passing: producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr.
Though I had to do a lot of guessing, I had fun taking this silent film quiz, because I learned so many interesting tidbits--Movies Silently
I'm curious to see what David Fincher, Gillian Flynn and Ben Affleck will do with their remake of Strangers on a Train. I love that movie, but I don't feel like it's untouchable. A new version could be interesting--/Film
Roman Polanski faces extradition again. I wished he'd just turn himself in and finish this thing--
I've got a new article up at ClassicFlix about pre-codes featuring ladies in exotic exile. This one was a lot of fun to write, so check it out!
Lots of fun classic movie events and blogathons coming up, including:
The return of March Madness at A Mythical Monkey Writes About the Movies/All Good Things
The Favorite TV Show Blogathon at A Shroud of Thoughts
The third annual 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon co-hosted by Outspoken and Freckled/ Paula’s Cinema
Club/ Once Upon a Screen
and the Pre-Code Blogathon, co-hosted by Shadows and Satin and Pre-code.com