Thursday, November 03, 2005

Hallowe'en Postcript: When Dead Film Stars Haunt the Living


"You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!" Posted by Picasa

16 comments:

Peter Nellhaus said...

So is Mrs. Bush imitating Bela Lugosi or Count Floyd
(Eugene Levy's character from SCTV)? Speaking of which, who knew that Dick Cheney could be scarier than Lon Chaney? Hope you and the twins had a fun Holloween!

katiedid said...

I don't know where on earth you found that LB pic, but the comparision is uncanny. And hilarious. [Monty Burns]Excellent [/Monty Burns]

Campaspe said...

Alas for my little joke, K., this has been ALL over the liberal blogs, including over at Dependable Tiger. But I still had to do my part, darn it. Thing of it is, she looks like this in several other shots, and shots from days, weeks, months ago.

I mean, shouldn't the media be maybe pursuing the story behind why she looks so ... medicated?

Campaspe said...

Peter, btw - so glad you had fun in Toronto! We had a very nice Halloween here. No trick-or-treating, just a small party for the kiddie-winkies.

Exiled in NJ said...

And Norma was shown on Turner Classic Wednesday night. It is the first film that I can remember great chunks from, seeing it at age eight outdoors in Puerta la Cruz Venezuela. If I were the boy king, I wouldn't turn on the lights to the swimming pool.

Gloria said...

Huuh... "Mr. De Mille I'm ready for my close-up" indeed the sentence gives one the shudders. (and missus master-of-the -world, too)

BTW, Great role for Eric Von Stroheim ("Sunset boulevard shows bits of his mutilated "Queen Kelly"), one of the most cherished film experiences* of my life was a Stroheim film season in the Barcelona cinemateque years ago... wow!

(*others are the mere existence of Charles Laughton and the discovery of the work of Japanese film director Mikio Naruse)

the addict said...

ahhh! scary...the Laura Bush photo is great.

Camilla, on the other hand, doesn't even have to be making any kind of face to look odd. It's just natural for her...

the addict said...

ahhh! scary...the Laura Bush photo is great.

Camilla, on the other hand, doesn't even have to be making any kind of face to look odd. It's just natural for her...

the addict said...

ahhh! scary...the Laura Bush photo is great.

Camilla, on the other hand, doesn't even have to be making any kind of face to look odd. It's just natural for her...

the addict said...

oh my goodness so sorry that posted three times! my computer froze...gettin' all crazy now...

Campaspe said...

Addict - I am flattered this was worth so much commentary, LOL!

Gloria - they are having a Naruse retrospective here in Toronto. I was too late to get "Floating Clouds" tickets, to my great disappointment, but nabbed two for "Late Chrysanthemums."

Gloria said...

Oh... you lucky girl you! I have not seen "Late Chrisantemums!". Hope you enjoy the season... What do you think of Hideko Takamine? in "When a Woman Ascends the Stairs" she has moments worth of Magnani! (quite a thing for a proper japanese girl, but then Takamine was never as Proper as Setsuko Hara -Japan's Sweetheart-)

Campaspe said...

Gloria, I had a post on Takamine a while back after I saw my first film with her (also my first Naruse), "When a Woman Ascends the Stairs." I can't rave enough about either actress or movie. Takamine was incredibly beautiful and gave a truly great performance. I am looking to forward to seeing as much of her as possible.

Gloria said...

I've just read your Ttakamine Article, and I entirely agree: fine film, and it stands the test of time magnificently. It is apity she doesn't enjoy the fame -outside japan, I mean- that, say Katherine Hepburn enjoys worldwide...
I am lucky here and got nearly a dozen of takamine films released in the last couple or years... "Irashiaimase, Irashaimase..."

Have you seen her in Naruse's "Inazuma ("The Lighting")?

Campaspe said...

I have not seen The Lighting, and alas it isn't on the Cinematheque sked. The good news is that I plan to see "Flowing" on Friday, so there I get another Takamine dose.

Gloria said...

"Flowing" has Takamine as a chameleoness: she really becomes Writer Fumiko Hayashi, and actually manages to look plump, plain and without the delicate manners of a well-bred girl -the musume of the japanese topic-, but rather like the daughter of vagrant street entertainers hayashi was... or at least I got that Impression. Hayashi wrote "Meshi/the meal", which Naruse filmed.

Enjoy the film -I did- and hope you can see "Lighting" some day.