The Wizard of Oz (1939) dir. Victor Flemming
75 years to the date since Dorothy went over the rainbow. Aren’t we the lucky ones?
Lauren Bacall (1924 - 2014)
She was the last of her kind. The last of the true movie stars. The last cowgirl. And boy, oh boy, was she just too marvelous for words.
RIP Lauren Bacall. My favorite of the old Hollywood actresses. It was a wish of mine to one day meet her. To ask her about Bogie, about Hawks, about the Golden Age of Holllywood. About living through the first century of cinema.
Hope you’re grabbing a drink with Bogart right now, Ms. Bacall.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929) dir. Dziga Vertov
“I’m an eye. A mechanical eye. I, the machine, show you a world the way only I can see it. I free myself for today and forever from human immobility. I’m in constant movement. I approach and pull away from objects. I creep under them. I move alongside a running horse’s mouth. I fall and rise with the falling and rising bodies. This is I, the machine, manoeuvring in the chaotic movements, recording one movement after another in the most complex combinations. Freed from the boundaries of time and space, I co-ordinate any and all points of the universe, wherever I want them to be. My way leads towards the creation of a fresh perception of the world. Thus I explain in a new way the world unknown to you.”—Dziga Vertov
What’s Up, Doc? (1972) dir. Peter Bogdanovich
"What’s wrong?" "The future." "What’s the matter with it?"
Little Caesar (1931) dir. Marvyn LeRoy
"When I talk about him, I start off saying, ‘Edward G. Robinson this. Edward G. Robinson that.’ By the next sentence I’m calling him Edward G. and then, forget it, it’s Eddie; like I know the guy. But that’s just the point. Eddie reaches the audience in a way that ordinary actors can’t. Look at Little Caesar. All through the movie, he’s a psychopath. Right on the edge. Scary like nobody in the movies had ever been before. But the key scene is when he cracks. He’s got to shoot his best friend, but he loves the guy and he just can’t do it. I look at Eddie here and I see anguish. Not just weakness, but despair. Every bit as real as the anger. That takes so much talent to show rage and love simultaneously.” - Chazz Palminteri on Edward G. Robinson
Dark Passage (1947) dir. Delmer Daves
"You’re just too marvelous. Too marvelous for words."