Tag: film history

April 11, 2014 /
March 10, 2014 /

Do you think the attitude reflected toward women in Busby Berkeley’s films might have had something to do with the fact he was married six times? I’m just asking…

October 25, 2013 /

Silents in the 1920s had fluidity and range that was roped in by Talkies – suddenly scenes with dialogue were boxed in, restricted, and stagey because of sound technology. Sound recording, 1928 – Microphone and lights adjusted on set, 1928 –

October 5, 2013 /

A little bird in the wardrobe department chirped this item in my ear –she was having a hard time getting actors under thirty to put on their underwear. Besides the obvious issues of hygiene what you wear under your costume affects how the garments look on top. Children, it isn’t…

May 7, 2013 /

I understand Howard Hawks enjoyed talking to young people: And, mentoring talent: “We discovered Bacall was a little girl who, when she becomes insolent, becomes rather attractive. That was the only way you noticed her, because she could do it with a grin. So I said to Bogey, “We are…

October 17, 2012 /

A series of posts for Ms. S.V.G., a friendly follower of our FB page. Sarah wanted more Garbo and here she is – what struck me about these designs (by the head costume designer at MGM – Adrian) was the drama and the way most of the garments drew attention…

April 13, 2012 /

. These excerpts are from an amazing and comprehensive interview conducted by Film Critic Henry Sheehan with Vincente Minnelli – the link to his site is at the bottom of the page. Q. Another film I’d like to talk about is a very early one, Madame Bovary (1949). If some…