The Graduate

Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate (1967, dir. Mike Nichols) “How sheepish one feels, realizing the movie is no work of genius. In fact, what was once an all-important signpost to adulthood is really little more than a simple romantic comedy whose ‘countercultural’ message, insofar as it has one, is decidedly retrograde. Or perhaps The Graduate […]

The Man Who Laughs

“Paul Leni, who made Waxworks, the cause of my coming to Hollywood, was the director of my picture, The Man Who Laughs, and we were all very happy about it. It was the Victor Hugo story of the man whose lips were cut away so that he has to go through life forever smiling, all […]

Romeo and Juliet

Photo by William Grimes. Leslie Howard on the realized set of Juliet’s garden in Romeo and Juliet (1936, dir. George Cukor) Set designer Cedric Gibbons designed the garden so there would be “a physical obstacle for Romeo to overcome” on his way to Juliet’s balcony. I will be back next week. =)

Marilyn Monroe

  I believe everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you can appreciate them better when they are right. You believe lies so that you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself. And sometimes good things fall apart so that better […]

Everybody has two sides.

Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind) So far as Laurence Olivier was concerned, there were two of her. One was “my Vivien,” the most beautiful woman on earth, yet without evident vanity; an enchanted being, joyful, kind, uncomplicated, generous; moving in a cloud of perfume, exquisite in her manners, immaculate in her […]

Chungking Express

The individual is at the center of Wong Kar-Wai’s movie. Everyone has their own private way of coping with loss and alienation, and how each character does it feels both uniquely odd and strangely familiar. Wong Kar-Wai isn’t concerned with happy endings, romantic platitudes or universal truths. No UFO-style pearl of wisdom surfaces in his […]

Corleone

During the filming of the death scene of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, James Caan was actually in immense pain as over 100 squibs exploded to create the effect of him being shot hundreds of times. (I’ve been very busy… sorry!)

James Jean

“He wanted me to love him unconditionally, but Jimmy was not able to love someone else in return … it was the troubled boy that wanted to be loved very badly. I loved Jimmy as I have loved no one else in my life, but I could not give him the enormous amount that he […]

Peggy Lee

  Reese Witherspoon is set to play the late jazz diva Peggy Lee in a new movie based on her life. It turns out that Reese Witherspoon has secured the rights from Peggy’s estate to make a film about her journey from obscurity to music superstardom. The Oscar-winning actress (for her work in the 2006 […]

Vivre sa vie

“I think we’re always responsible for our actions. We’re free. I raise my hand – I’m responsible. I turn my head to the right – I’m responsible. I’m unhappy – I’m responsible. I smoke a cigarette – I’m responsible. I shut my eyes – I’m responsible. I forget that I’m responsible, but I am. I […]