Thursday, August 22, 2019

Michael Haber 1967-2019


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

oddball magazine august 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019

Cat On Hot Tin Roof 1958









Gutted and skinned for late 50’s audiences it’s still quite enjoyable as a big Hollywood thing featuring two beauties at the beginning (paul Newman) and the middle (elizabeth Taylor) of their remarkable careers. During the filming Liz was actually in mourning over the untimely death of her husband Mike Todd who went Around The World and hit a mountain on the way home. Poor Liz, still looking ravishing and doing a good job as a ripe southern belle who married into a loveless but well to do marriage with pretty boy Paul Newman who spends the entire length of the movie with a leg in a cast and his body in pajamas drinking himself silly over the death of his pal and love of his life Skipper. Liz is unhappy because Paul won’t make babies with her and Big Daddy played by Burl Ives (who also played a bad daddy in The Big Country the same year and won an Oscar for that one) is storming around the old homestead pissed off about his son’s drinking and failure to become a little daddy and everyone is lying about Big Daddy’s declining health and fast approaching death. Meanwhile his other son played by the great Jack Carson and his wife the wonderful Williams fixture Madeleine Sherwood keep pushing out those no neck monsters. Filmed on basically one set and taking place in one day, these cats are hot and bothered, itching for a fight and carrying on like it was nobody’s business. Liz is stunning in only three costume changes that had my teen sister and her girlfriends swooning over her. This was a surprise hit, landing at Radio City Music Hall of all places and getting lots of love and Oscar nominations. Also around is the commanding Judith Anderson as Big Mama. Directed by Richard Brooks who based it on the Tennessee Williams play and was more than happy to remove all those nasty homo things to get his picture made. In Cinemascope and lovely pastel colors. Tennessee hated it.


Sunday, August 18, 2019

August 2019 Mixed on cardboard


I Remember Mama 1948





George Stevens made this cherished film after returning from the horrors of War and the liberation of the concentration camps that he took part in which changed him forever and he would never make another light sophisticated comedy again. Based on a book of memoirs by Kathryn Forbes about her grandmother who immigrated from Norway in the 19th century it was also adapted into a hit play in 1944 which featured a young and beautiful Marlon Brando in his Broadway debut and was also a long running tv series in the early 50’s. Richard Rogers of all people tried to make it into a musical with Liv Ullmann in the lead and was a big flop in 1979 only running for 3 months and no doubt contributing to his death that same year.
The story focuses on a close loving family living in San Francisco a few years after the earthquake, (no mention of this little event is talked about) who share all the joys and sorrows that come their way. Mama is nicely acted by Irene Dunne and her oldest daughter who wants to be a writer is played by the superb Barbara Bel Geddes with her glowing presence and voice. Ah yes that voice. Mama has a big family including her sisters who are like the three bears one is gruff, one is cowardly and one is sweet but basically they are good souls.
There are familiar family crises sick cats, no money, childhood sickness, lots of drinking of coffee, failed dreams, late marriages, lovable kids, and some marvelous performances including one by Oskar Homolka repeating his role from Broadway as the formidable Uncle Chris who gives us one hell of a death bed scene that should leave you if not weeping then certainly impressed.
Featuring a large supporting cast of actors in unexpected roles: Rudy Vallee as a curt doctor, Edgar Bergen as a shy undertaker, Cederic Hardwicke as a poor literature loving border, the great Florence Bates as a successful “lady author” and Ellen Corby as one of Mama’s sisters. The film needs a restoration its a bit tired looking, but the black and white on location shooting in the city itself is lovely, and Stevens is so kind and attentive to his cast that you want to hug them all and have a cup of coffee with them. The film received Oscar nominatations for Dunne, Bel Geddes, Homolka, Corby and the cinematography but surprisingly none for picture or director. This might have to do with the film being a box office failure even though it was the Easter attraction at Radio City Music Hall and the typical long George Stevens running time might have been too much for the fast and loose movie audiences of 1948 who were not in the mood for nostalgia and were instead getting pounded by all the Noir films that were giving them good gooses.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Peter Fonda 1940-2019




Thursday, August 15, 2019

Piero Tosi 1927-2019

One of the worlds greatest costume designer











Sunday, August 11, 2019

Nancy Kienholz 1944-2019


Friday, August 09, 2019

Bontanical Summer 2019


Thursday, August 08, 2019

Marisa Merz 1926-2019




Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Toni Morrison 1931-2019

Fuck. One of my favorite authors has passed, and that worthless pile of orange shit still walks this earth. Unfair. I hate him.

Monday, August 05, 2019

new drawings

These are the first drawings that I've done in the beautiful sketchbook that my friends master bookbinders Eric and Anya Rios gave me for a gift. The paper measures approx. 5" x 7" and all the drawings will remain in the book.  First images are of the book itself.






Saturday, August 03, 2019

D.A. Pennebaker 1925-2019


Friday, August 02, 2019

Some photographs










Thursday, August 01, 2019

Many a new day

Happy that I took myself to see this glorious retelling of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic "Oklahoma.' This wasn't the 56 hit film that I grew up on but it still kept most of the charm and all of the musical numbers with an added punch of sexual titillation which was fine with me. The cast was terrific and attractive especially the male lead Damon Daunno in his snug jeans and splendid voice. It's a mix up of races and a wheel chair bound wonder Ali Stroker who has most know plays Aldo Annie and stops the show with her "I Can't Say No." The staging is startling and new, set in an almost bare stage where seating for some is on the actual stage and all the rest of us in the "cheaper" seats, (yeah really cheap at $100.00 a pop) sit in a horse shoe like shaped area which is intimate and small and puts you close to the action. Also wonderful is Rebecca Naomi Jones as Laurey and the veteran performer among all the young folks Mary Testa. The show is long over 2 1/2 hours so you certainly get your money's worth, and my only quibble is with the dream ballet that I found shrill and a little too much like what you might see in a college dance recital. I was longing for the original or a more classic take on the great Agnes De Mille choreography that thrilled me as a 9 year old kid. Not to be, but again a small deduction from another wise great time in the theatre. And no I didn't partake of the chilli and cornbread served up during the intermission, too many people and I had to take a wicked pee. If in New York see this one for sure.








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