Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, here today to repeat our common refrain — that we enjoy (make that LOVE) to hear from our readers. Today we are dipping into the email bag once again to test the waters on an array of topics.
Jeff Flugel enjoyed our April 3 blog, Joining Our British Cousins in Remembering LEE MARVIN. He writes:
Nice post! Love Lee Marvin…he’s the kind of grizzled tough guy actor that they just don’t make these days. (Director John) Boorman also made another fine film with Marvin and Toshiro Mifune, HELL IN THE PACIFIC.
Marvin made a lot of movies and was very good in nearly all of them. My personal favorite of his is Richard Brooks’ THE PROFESSIONALS, though perhaps his most iconic role is in THE DIRTY DOZEN.
Thanks, Jeff. The pictures you mention are certainly worth another look-see. Mifune (pictured above being manhandled by Marvin) is a special favorite of Frank’s. He actually met and conversed with the Japanese actor years ago in Tokyo. A gentleman and fine artist.
Responding to the same blog was Dwayne Epstein:
VERY glad to hear that “Point Blank” is being re-released. If your readers are interested in finding out more about Lee Marvin they can read my biography of the man entitled “Lee Marvin: Point Blank” available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Lee-Marvin-Point-Dwayne-Epstein/dp/1936182408/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336851662&sr=1-4
In our April 2 blog (Best Movie Ever Made — Produced By Its Leading Actor), about the aristocratic chap who bankrolled Danish director Carl Dreyer’s 1932 movie, Vampyr, we referred to the director’s silent title, The Passion of Joan of Arc starring Maria Falconetti. If you have to sit through one silent movie, we asserted, make it this one.
Samuel Cochran picked up on that and wrote: And if you must see 2 silent films be sure to see ‘Pandora’s Box’ as well.
We pretty much agree. The star of the German director G.W. Pabst’s 1928 silent film is Louise Brooks, who is unforgettable. If we have to select a third that must not be missed, we’d have to choose Greed, Erich von Stroheim’s ill-fated silent of 1925.
We were glad that one of our favorite character actors, Fortunio Bonanova, who started his career as an opera singer, came to the attention of readers of our April 1 blog Opera Stars In Movies — The REAL Divas.
Writes Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman): I had no idea Fortunio Bonanova came from the music world. Thanks for enlightening me.
I have seen Geraldine Farrer in DeMille’s 1915 version of “Carmen”. Don Jose was played by the lovely Wallace Reid. “Carmen” works very well as a silent picture. It plays like an early film-noir with the world’s greatest femme fatale.
The great Italian bass Salvatore Baccaloni made a handful of pictures. My favorite and his most endearing role is in 1956s “Full of Life” as an interfering father to Richard Conte and his wife Judy Holliday as they expect their first child.
Finally, Karen responded to our Movies For A Happy Easter blog of March 29:
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but do you know I have not seen one of these films? We used to watch “The Ten Commandments” every Easter in my family, and I guess I never strayed. Also, I was a “Godspell” girl, rather than “Jesus Christ, Superstar” — although everybody I know who’s seen it is gaga about it. I will have to give at least one of these a watch soon! I think I’d like to check out “King of Kings” — anything with Orson Welles’ voice is just alright with me. Good stuff!
And great stuff from our readers.