BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

 
MOVIES

    The easiest movie to  cast and get made is a sexual thriller 
set at a resort location in the tropics. Every movie star wants
a paid vacation, tropical sunshine, swimming in he moonlight. 
Every movie star wants to have real sex on the beach with his co-star.
 
     GUY McELAINE . quoted in Hollywood Animal  by Joe Esterhas
 
 
One always more or less believes to have ‘dreamed’ it when 
one recalls Claudette Colbert bathing in a pool filled with 
asses’ milk at the beginning of DeMille’s ‘Sign of the Cross.”
 
Salvador Dali
 
In the world of 2001, people have become so machinelike 
that the most human character turns out to be a machine –-
that’s the essence of Kubrick’s dark prophecy: as we come t
o rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, 
it s our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence.
 
Nicholas Carr      The Atlantic (July/August 2008)
 
 
Two or three years ago, I had the impression that everything
had already been done, that there was nothing left to do that 
hadn’t been done before. In short, I was a pessimist. Since
Pierrot (Pierre Le Fou) I no longer have this feeling at all.
Yes. one has to film everything, to talk about everything. 
Everything remains to be done.
 
Jean-Luc Godard
 
**
"The commercial cinema is an entertainment or pastime 
for illiterate selves of an up-to-date 'business civilization' 
founded on mammon. The sham naturalism, the trendy 
romanticism, the sentimentality on the one hand with its 
psychological complement -- brutality-- on the other. 
The tinned literature and language and music of the cinema 
have had their big share in the disbasement of the idealistic 
significance of theatrical performance and workmanship."


           Theodore Komisarjewsky
 
 
 
 
There’s a scene in John Maybury’s new film Love is the Devil 
in which Francis Bacon has an orgasm while watching 
Battleship Potemkin. Now that’s what I call a motion picture.
 
    Mark Steyn
 
 
**
 
       I don’t mean to  suggest that film is the source and model  of all 
that is wrong in modern society. But I do think that the world of film, 
which includes those people who are  madly enthusiastic about any 
film, need to examine very carefully what happens in  our minds 
when we watch endless violent imagery and feel no wound or 
repercussions. For one, I am no longer confident that a message has 
not been passed down to several generations, in their bloodstreams, 
in their nervous systems and in their trigger fingers.
 
             David Thomson, See THE INDEPENDENT (October 10,2003), p.4.
 
**
 
Whatever happened to the good, honest practice of sticking 
numerals after a sequel’s title to indicate what number it was 
in the series? I grew up in the days of Jaws 2, Superman III 
and Police Academy 7 and, whatever the shortcomings of 
those pictures, at least you knew where you  stood. Generally 
speaking, the higher the number, the worse the film in question 
was likely to be.
 
     Toby Young, The Spectator, l8 August 2007
 
 
 
 
MOVIE TITLES
 
Can Heironymous Merken Ever Forget Mercy Hummpe and Find True Happiness?

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CASTING NEWS
 
 
THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC starring Mary Carr
 
BENT with Clarence Straight
 
THE DEER HUNT with Buck Henry and Fawn Hall
 
THE SEARCH FOR THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH -- a musical starring Robert Young, Henny Youngman, Joel Youngblood, with dances choreographed by MIchael Kidd
 
RIP VAN WINKLE with Wayne Sleep
 
VERTIGO with  Dizzy Dean
 
THE PHILATELIST with Terrence Stamp
 
THE LIZZY BORDEN STORY with Buddy Hackett, Emmanuel Axe
 
HUCKLEBERRY FINN with Mickey Rivers and George Raft
 
THE CLYDE BEATTY STORY with  John Cage, Tiger Woods,  Susan Lyons
 
O CALCUTTA! with Max Baer
 
BETRAYAL with Marianne Faithfull
 
K2 with R2D2
 
FANCY PANTS with Roy Acuff


 
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MIA FARROW GETS LOST IN MIAMI AND HER DISAPPEARANCE  IS REPORTED TO THE POLICE
 
Farrow, Mia
For a brief time was MIA
In Mia-
mi. Momma mia!



OF DINING & FRENCH CINEMA
 
As I was eating a souffle'
I thought about
Jean-Luc Godard’s A Bout
De Soufflet
 
 
Louis Phillips

One thought on “BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

  1. Good stuff here, especially “casting news.”

    Is all this labor going to result in a major Comonplace book?
    It should.

    Sent from my iPhone

    Like

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