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Monday February 24, 2020

MOMA, 2018

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Posted at 05:04 PM on Monday February 24, 2020 in category Photo of the Day   |   Permalink  

Saturday February 15, 2020

Screenshot: You Only Live Once (1937)

From Fritz Lang's “You Only Live Once,” starring Sylvia Sidney and Henry Fonda. And yes, that's not Henry Fonda.

“...the electric eye which detects metal”: love that. How long before they shortened it? Or was this an overlong name for moviegoers unfamiliar with the tech? And hey, when did metal detectors become a thing anyway?

For the modern version, apparently, the 1920s

In this scene, Joan (Sidney), the secretary to a perpetually scowling public defender (Barton MacLane), is trying to smuggle a gun to her boyfriend, Eddie Taylor (Fonda), who's been convicted of a crime he didn't commit—a favorite Lang theme. Father Dolan (William Gargan) covers for her here but then demands the gun. Is this her first attempt at breaking the law? In the last half hour, Eddie and Joan become a kind of Bonnie and Clyde, but nicer. Fonda's character is similar to his Tom Joad two years later; he begins both movies getting out of jail and is pretty touchy about anyone asking questions. Fonda's persona would smooth out over the years but I like this version, too.

Does anyone know if this is where we get the James Bond title “You Only Live Twice”? Was it playing off of this movie? Or just off the general adage?

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Posted at 08:28 AM on Saturday February 15, 2020 in category Photo of the Day   |   Permalink  

Friday December 18, 2015

Merry Christmas

Minnesota winter, 1970

Minnesota winter, 1970

Posted at 07:26 AM on Friday December 18, 2015 in category Photo of the Day   |   Permalink  

Saturday September 26, 2015

Screenshot of the Day

Any guesses who this is? Which movie character? Hint: He was in three of this series' movies:

Mickey Goldmill gravestone


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Tuesday January 06, 2015

Birdman Unmasked

How great is this photo?

Alejandro G. Inarritu and Michael Keaton on the Birdman set

It's from the Sunday New York Times interview with Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the man who needs to lose some accents in his last name for the sake of movie critics everywhere. (Thank God for cut and paste.)

The Q&A is interesting, even if Iñárritu neglects to credit F. Scott Fitzgerald here:

I think [being] intelligent creatures is to have two ideas at the same time — you can have happiness and depression simultaneously. I think that’s what really this guy is battling; it’s the duality we all have. Sometimes you can feel the king of world and 30 minutes later, you are a dead piece of [expletive]. 

Or maybe he got it from someone else. Or from his own deep thoughts.

Among the other revelations? The stark drum soundtrack owes a lot to Gene Krupa, Mike Nichols unsuccessfully warned him away from the “single shot” experiment, and Iñárritu hangs with Michael Mann.

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Posted at 05:25 PM on Tuesday January 06, 2015 in category Photo of the Day   |   Permalink  
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