OSCAR

Best Actress of 1950, A Race to Remember

Rather than focus on a specific performance for this year’s ACTORS! week in the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon I decided to take a look back at one of the most hotly contested Best Actress races in Oscar History.  Or at least it is by my estimation.  Although the contest didn’t end as I would’ve liked, […]

glo1

Mack Sennet/Gloria Swanson double feature.

A bit late as Miss Swanson would have celebrated her birthday a couple of days ago, but no less fun and never a waste to remember.  Here are a couple of silent comedy shorts starring Gloria Swanson and Bobby Vernon – both directed by Clarence G. Badger and produced by Mack Sennett.  And worth a […]

NormaBIG

Sunset Blvd…It IS Big!

Norma Desmond: “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…” _______________________________________________ The opening credits role down the famed, Sunset Boulevard and end at the L.A. Country Morgue.  A dead man lies on a slab with an identification tag on […]

wilder FEAT

Billy Wilder Speaks

While on a plane recently I watched Billy Wilder Speaks (2006), a film by Volker Schlöndorff. My intention was to find one of the great director’s films to dedicate a post to in celebration of what would have been his 106th birthday.  I am, like millions of others, a huge fan of his work.  With the […]