Watching Classic Films Through Different Eyes

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Olympians and their Roles in Classic Cinema

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When the opening ceremonies commenced, I knew my next two weeks would be consumed by watching the 2012 Olympics.  These skilled and talented athletes inspire the entire gamut of emotions from the viewers.  From admiration and national pride, the public becomes engrossed in the latest medal counts along with the triumphs and  tribulations of their favorite Olympians.  Nowadays, many of the top athletes in their field grace the covers of magazines, have photo shoots and endorse specific product brands.  They become celebrities in their own right.  It seems that Olympians gaining notice from Hollywood is nothing new.  While reading up on the current games I came across a fascinating article from the Los Angeles Time.  Susan King composed, Olympic Champions Have a History with Hollywood, which brought to light the prestigious athletic backgrounds of three classic cinema stars from the 1930’s.

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For the Love of Bogart

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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.

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Edith Head: The Definition of a Fashion Icon

Reference:  http://angelasancartier.net/wp-content/uploads/Edith-Head-surrounded-by-some-of-her-fashion-designs.jpgThe 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.

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“Hedy Lamarr Invented Precursor to Wireless Technology”

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Over the past few months, I have heard that Hedy Lamarr (known as one of the most beautiful women to ever grace cinema) played a critical role in developing technology that we still use today.  This idea intrigued me, so I decided to delve into the topic further.  Within the archives of the Huffington post, my answer was found.  Sam Kean composed, “Hedy Lamarr Invented Precursor to Wireless Technology:  Slate Reviews ‘Hedy’s Folly’ by Richard Rhodes,” on November 28, 2011.  It is a fascinating article that examines the catalyst for Hedy’s involvement in this area of technology.  Hedy was breathtakingly beautiful, incredibly intelligent, passionate and an amazing actress:  was there anything she could not do?  Thats up to you to decide!

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The ‘It’ Girl Clara Bow: Her Personal Story

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While attending the third annual, TCM Film Festival this past April, one of the many pictures screened was Call Her Savage.  One of the presenters was none other than David Stenn, the author of Clara Bow: Runnin’ Wild (a truly fabulous and enlightening biography).  Not only did he provide background information on the film (a risque film, allowing her to make light of some of the outlandish allegations made against her during a scandalous period of time) but a he also initiated the first ever screening (approximately 3o seconds) of colorized footage of Miss Bow.  The last film she ever made was in 1933, well before the color medium was being utilized.  All together, it was one of the most memorable moments of the festival.  Seeing Clara come to life in this film made me realize just how terrific her on screen presence was.  No one in the audience could avert their eyes from her.  It was then and there, that I decided I had to learn more about this iconic woman.  Clara exuded a carefree, delightful, wistful persona, but in  those all encompassing eyes of her, one could clearly see the heavy weight of sadness that lingered.  Thanks to the fabulous site of maxwelldemille.com, I was able to obtain a three part personal interview (interviewer was Adela Rogers St. Johns) that Clara Bow partook in.  These three segments were featured in the February-April issues of Photoplay in 1928.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!!

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“Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall”

Reference: http://www.electronicpoetry.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/380464_10150453112528489_792798488_8605321_422848769_n.jpgThis is an incredibly unique piece of artwork created By Joseph Cornell.  He is celebrated as one of the most innovative artists of assemblage, a creative medium in which three-dimensional compositions are made by putting together found objects. Cornell’s creation, “Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall,” pictured above, was completed shortly after World War II, in 1946, with the dimensions: 20 1/2 x 16 x 3 1/2 inches.  Below is a poem written by Bob Rich in response to this creation….enjoy!

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