Friday, November 09, 2007

Meanwhile...


...the Siren would like to share a handful of great posts.

Raymond de Felitta, a screenwriter and director who writes much faster than the Siren does, has a loving tribute to Rita Hayworth going on at his place. He warmed up with a couple of posts on Cover Girl, which the Siren also loves for its Technicolor gorgeousness and endless, daffy title number. Then he went into high Hayworth gear, with two fine posts that examine the sexy and sinister allure of Gilda, as well as what keeps it from being a great noir. All this tied up with a compassionate and loving assessment of Rita, including a personal reminiscence from late in her life that had the Siren misting up. Please, read it all. Then go back and read Raymond on Judy Garland. He's on a tear.

The Siren is wondering if she and Filmbrain were in the same audience for Diva in 1982, waiting to meet up in the blogosphere 25 years later. Talk about a blast from the past. Back in the 1980s Siren loved the movie as much as Filmbrain did. Does this mean she should give The Moon in the Gutter another chance?


Vertigo's Psyche at And Your Little Blog Too has his own tribute to the fabulous Joan Fontaine up.


Bob Westal of Forward to Yesterday kicks off his Bob Fosse Blogathon tomorrow (god, the Siren loves this picture of Bob). With typical elan Bob tackles a ticklish number right off the bat.

Stinky Lulu, currently adorning her place with an exquisite moment of Jane Darwell, is announcing The Second Annual Supporting Actress Blogathon for Sunday January 8.

Ivan at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear has two excellent posts up about a couple of silent movies: Beggars of Life, starring the Siren's favorite Hollywood memoirist, Louise Brooks, and Mantrap, starring fabulous, ill-fated Clara Bow.

The Shamus asks if Flickhead's Bunuel Blogathon is over. The Siren thinks yes (and she never did finish her post, having been scooped by Michael Guillen's excellent observations on My Last Sigh). Anyway, the Shamus caught up with Viridiana and while he says "it didn't set off bombs in my psyche like it did for the Siren" (quelle image!), the movie definitely grabbed him by the lapels.

Speaking of Flickhead, the Siren loved his Halloween post.

Last, and oddest, is an entry from the ever-splendid Allure. The Siren really hopes her beauty-blogging pals in the sidebar check this one out--it's a nice long series of illustrated black-and-white ads for the beauty contraptions of yesteryear. Maybe Operator_99 should have posted this one for Halloween, as the grim devices combined with the frozen ingenue simpers of the models give an effect the great horror directors would have appreciated. Several of the nose-correcting contraptions would have fit perfectly into Eyes Without a Face.

Postscript: Alex of Motion Picture, It's Called has pointed out that a funny thing happened to the Siren's sidebar. Translation to the new layout made the thing eat some link coding. The Siren has been cleaning it up, but if your link is missing still, do let her know.

10 comments:

Alex said...

hey you, put that link to the fabulous and incomparable blog Motion Picture It's Called back up! Everybody wants to read that site's jaw-dropping mix of obscurantism, mindless antiquarianism, indecipherable politics, writing that's been translated from a horse speaking German, movies that no one's ever heard of (half of which the blogger made up) and just plain bullshit!

Campaspe said...

YIKES! I am so sorry, Alex! I have absolutely no idea what happened to your link. I will have to venture into the wilds of my blogroll and figure out what the hell happened. I was going to do that anyway this weekend because I have to add some folks. Probably a dropped piece of code or something or other.

And when someone says "mindless antiquarianism" I'm as good as hooked right there ...

Bob said...

Thanks for the plug, Campuspe. And, for a second, I thought you'd somehow found a picture of ME online, not that other Bob. Oh, the blogger's ego.

operator_99 said...

I'm glad you got a small kick out of my most recent post. I did consider it for my Halloween entry, but went with Fay Wray, my early favorite damsel in distress from all things big and scary. And thanks so much for the mention, its really appreciated.

maurinsky said...

I am gutted that the Forward To Yesterday site isn't working for me. I'm a devoted fan of Fosse, and I would like to comment on everything that has been written leading up to the Fossethon, but I cannot!

Campaspe said...

Bob, do you have any with spotlights & curling smoke? :)

Operator, I am serious, I am going to make sure Annieytown notices that one, it is a stitch.

Maurinsky, I am not sure what is happening because the links work for me. Try typing http://forwardtoyesterday.com. Hope it works for you today for the blogathon!

moondancer said...

I loved Diva too. It didn't stand up as well as I would have hoped over the years though.

Campaspe said...

I doubt I have seen Diva since 1982 so I am a little nervous about re-viewing, but Filmbrain has me hoping it's more than a nostalgia trip now! Wonder what that soprano is doing these days?

Filmbrain said...

Interesting that you mention The Moon in the Gutter. I disliked it tremendously when I saw it in 1984, but have decided to give it another go, thanks to a slightly-less-than-official DVD I managed to get my hands on.

Betty Blue still remains a favorite, but I don't think I could ever sit through Roselyne and the Lions again.

Maya said...

Thanks for the shout out, Siren, though I'm sorry that I kept you from participating in the Bunuelathon. I would much rather have read what you had to say than what I came up with.