The people closest to me know that in my eyes, no male star shone brighter than that of Humphrey Bogart. He may not have been the most handsome of his contemporaries, but he stood apart from them for many other reasons. Bogie had a smile that could light up a room and a constant twinkle in his eye. That low unique voice of his invaded the hearts of millions. Whether playing gruff characters or romantic leads, he was able to captivate the attention and imagination of the viewer. He was a man that men could relate to and women could fall in love with. His allure was understated, yet evident to all those who saw his films. A friend of mine came across a fantastic poem about Bogart this week. I found it so unique and insightful I decided to include it here. The talented writer of this piece is Brian O’Connell, and the title is simple….Humphrey Bogart. No more need be said for a man who iconic and needs little introduction. In his words below, he captures the very essence and spirit that Bogart so naturally embodied.
One of the most beloved women of cinema and television history is the infamous Lucille Ball. I know she has been one of my favorite leading ladies since I was a child. In a way, I feel that I have grown up with her. Even on my worst day, I know that I can put in any disc from the I Love Lucy series, and my troubles will immediately dissipate (even if it is only a short while). I know that I am not the only person whom she has had the effect on. While she is no longer on this earth with us, she continues to reside in our hearts. With I Love Lucy episodes continuing to be present on cable stations, new generations are introduced to her old school charms.
Endicott, New York is a unique city in America. It was formed by the blood and sweat of hard-working immigrants along with the innovative ideals of industrial democracy. Endicott Johnson Shoes and IBM were two iconic organizations that were born in this area. In addition to its rich history, it is the city my relatives have called home for generations. It is where my parents met, and where I was born. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel back to this area this week to visit family members. During my stay here, I watched a fascinating documentary that intrigued and reignited my pride in having been born in the great state of New York (not that I don’t love living in Minnesota, mind you). Therefore, I am dedicating this post to some of the famous classic cinema icons that were born in New York.
When people hear that I love classic movies, they ask me what my favorite film of all time is. For anyone who is a classic cinema lover, you know that it is not a simple question. A person’s mind begins to reel as they recount which movies have left a lasting impression on them. One then must mull over which genre they must pick from in addition to a specific era. Movies that existed from a pre-code era are drastically different that films created in the 1940s. Even when I have it limited to a specific genre, I always end up having a top three or five. It is impossible for me to pick one quintessential BEST film. One pattern I have come across is that lesser known films can be the greatest gems. Everyone has heard of the film Some Like it Hot, but few have heard of We’re No Angels (1955) and It All Came True (two incredibly well-done comedies). Therefore, I am going to talk about some of my personal favorite classic comedies of all time.
“Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored,” Daniel Webster. Many times during our lives, we lose sight of the ‘big picture,’ events within our lives. Memorial Day is not an exception. In the weeks leading up to this holiday weekend, how many advertisements did you witness directed toward the desires of the consumer? Everywhere a person looked, there were announcements for department, liquor and food stores. Never once during this period of time did I experience an ad illustrating the true meaning of this day. Nor did I see anything illustrating one explicit message that Memorial Day should represent…….freedom never comes free. We owe all our freedoms to men and women, past and present who gave up everything for their love and belief in the country. I came across an article this afternoon discussing certain little known facts about this holiday in particular. Beyond the Barbecues, by Samantha Grossman which appeared on Time NewsFeed. The contents of the article are listed below. Following this, are photographs of cinema icons that, when the time came, they out their occupations second and country first.
Most fans of classic cinema have a particular star that strikes a fancy within them. It can be due to many factors, some more obvious than others. Jimmy Stewart was one man whom millions worldwide related to. In his younger years, he came across as the boy next door. A guy who possessed handsome all-American ideals, without being so good-looking that he was placed on a pedestal. On film, he made each and every one of the characters that he portrayed relatable to the masses. One did not have to be a film critic to recognize that he put his heart into his performances. While many men and women in Hollywood during this time were constantly changing their romantic partners, Jimmy found his life partner, Gloria McLean. When World War II broke out, he never second guessed his choice to join the ranks of military flier. His career came second to the passion that he felt for his country. During his long and illustrious career, Jimmy made movies that touched, and brought laughter to millions of people across the world. It’s a Wonderful Life has become a quintessential Christmas tradition, while movies like Vertigo and Rear Window remain two Alfred Hitchcock’s most beloved film creations. Today marks the date of Jimmy’s birth, so this is my small tribute to a great man.
The name, Edith Head is synonymous with the ideals of classic Hollywood glamour. She created some of the most breathtaking costumes that ever graced the big screen. For decades, she was one of the most sought after designers in the land of film. This innovative and dedicated woman created outfits that remain unsurpassed in the decades since her passing. Drive and creativity allowed Edith to leave her make on an industry that she loved, and carved out a place for herself in film history. Below is an article written in 2009 addressing the Edith Head film series regarding her costume collection that was being featured at the Museum of Fine Arts. The article was written by Christopher Muther for the Boston Globe. Though, this exhibition has concluded, the article itself features unique highlights of her illustrious career. Following the article will be a select few of my personal favorites of the fashion genius….Miss Head.