The Birth of an Actress: Marilyn Monroe in Don’t Bother to Knock

This post is in conjunction with Sittin’ On A Backyard Fence’s “Summer Under the Stars Blogathon”—a month-long celebration of the film icons being spotlighted each day, all day, on Turner Classic Movies. Today, the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the tragic passing of Marilyn Monroe, I am dedicating this post to the Blogathon and, […]

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The Birth of an Actress: Marilyn Monroe in Don't Bother to Knock

This post is in conjunction with Sittin’ On A Backyard Fence’s “Summer Under the Stars Blogathon”—a month-long celebration of the film icons being spotlighted each day, all day, on Turner Classic Movies. Today, the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the tragic passing of Marilyn Monroe, I am dedicating this post to the Blogathon and, […]

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For Your Consideration: The Year Classic Film Made a Comeback

“Awards! All this town does is give awards! Best Fascist Dictator, Adolf Hitler!” – Woody Allen, Annie Hall If by chance you are unfamiliar with how the Awards season works, here’s a brief outline: Studios tend to release their real Oscar contenders (i.e., films with any sort of non-mainstream artistic merit) until the year’s final […]

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The Misfits and the End of an Era

Another public apology, this time to the marvelous Shadowplay blog– a longtime Pictorial favorite. I agreed to participate in their recent The Late Films Blogathon: a week long look at the final films of directors, actors and writers. A fascinating concept and I was psyched to participate and… absolutely bollocked it up. More than a […]

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Pictorial Palette: Gene Tierney

When it comes to Technicolor, there are some names that are inextricably linked with that definitive Classic Hollywood process. Marilyn Monroe and her flaming pink Niagara dress? Vivien Leigh and her crimson negligee in Gone With the Wind? Classic. But while most people equate Gene Tierney with the sultry, smoky, definitively film noir shadows of […]

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The Jean Harlow Blogathon – Day 5

Day Five of the Jean Harlow Blogathon Here we are already on Day 5 of the Jean Harlow Blogathon, and judging by today’s entries there’s no sign of slowing down! You guys are on fire! Lots of goodies to choose from today, from a highly intelligent social essay to a gallery of glamorous stills, there’s […]

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The Jean Harlow Blogathon – Day 5

Day Five of the Jean Harlow Blogathon Here we are already on Day 5 of the Jean Harlow Blogathon, and judging by today’s entries there’s no sign of slowing down! You guys are on fire! Lots of goodies to choose from today, from a highly intelligent social essay to a gallery of glamorous stills, there’s […]

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Marilyn En Francais

I’ve taken to regularly visiting Le Figaro online in a sad attempt to keep up on my increasingly embarrassing handle on the French language. Yesterday, I stumbled upon a review for a new film with a funny title: Poupoupidou. The premise? Novelist David Rosseau (Jean-Paul Rove) is desperate for inspiration and travels to the Jura […]

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Pictorial Palette – Marilyn Monroe

There is a moment in the 1956 film Bus Stop that is a striking testament to the worth of Marilyn Monroe as a serious actress. It doesn’t last long–a few seconds at most–but like all great screen moments, it seeds itself into your subconscious, rendering it impossible to forget. Having been relentlessly chased down and […]

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Marilyn Monroe's 84th

Marilyn Monroe was, is and always will be the definitive Hollywood legend. That legend, marred and twisted beyond recognition, belied the human being beneath it all: an envelope-pushing businesswoman, a hell of a good actress, and an emotionally troubled, tragic figure whose inner demons were often as vicious as those that occupied the world around […]

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