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Greta Garbo’s Intimate Letters, Now Up for Auction, Reveal a Different Side of the Lonely Screen Icon

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Greta Garbo’s Intimate Letters, Now Up for Auction, Reveal a Different Side of the Lonely Screen Icon
Greta Garbo, the silent turned talkie screen icon of the 1920s and ’30s, lived a lonely life, as detailed in a newly unearthed cache of intimate letters from the actress to her closest confidante. “I go nowhere, I see no one,” reads Garbo’s bleak account of a life lived in isolation, despite being a public figure. (The Guardian has the scoop.)

Penned between 1932 and 1973, the letters were addressed to Garbo’s friend, Austrian actress and writer Salka Viertel, who was a screenwriter on such Garbo films as “Conquest” and “Anna Karenina,” and co-starred opposite the actress in “Anna Christie.” In one letter from 1937, Garbo seems to be crying out for help.

“It is hard and sad to be alone, but sometimes it’s even more difficult to be with someone…When we are here on Earth it would be so much more kind if for this short time we
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Boris Lojkine on Late French Photographer: ‘I Felt Very Close’ to Camille

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French photojournalist Camille Lepage was just 26 when she was killed covering the armed conflict in the Central African Republic, a country riven by violence between largely Muslim rebel groups and Christian militias. A fearless and sympathetic photographer on the verge of a promising career, Lepage had spent eight months in a country where she’d found an unlikely home, hoping to better understand the violence long after the rest of the international community had shifted its gaze to other conflicts.

It was only after Lepage’s death that her story caught the attention of French filmmaker Boris Lojkine, whose sophomore narrative feature, “Camille,” will have its world premiere on the Piazza Grande during the Locarno Film Festival. Starring Nina Meurisse and based on extensive research with Lepage’s family, friends and colleagues, the film is both a moving coming-of-age story about a young photographer finding her artistic voice and a
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A Straub-Huillet Companion: "Eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times, or, Perhaps One Day Rome Will Allow Herself to Choose in Her Turn"

A Straub-Huillet Companion is a series of short essays on the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, subject of a Mubi retrospective. Straub-Huillet's Eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times, or, Perhaps One Day Rome Will Allow Herself to Choose in Her Turn (1970) is showing on Mubi from May 27 – June 26, 2019.Whether defeated viewers silently making their way to the exit after the first fifteen minutes or indignant critics taking an axe to the film in (once upon a time) major print publications, detractors of Straub-Huillet frequently bemoan what they see as the duo’s hatred of the audience. Straub, on the contrary, claimed that these were popular-minded films intended for workers and not intellectuals (i.e. to be shown in factories). It is obvious that the verbal density alone of many of the directors' “historical” films—most famously their 1969 adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s Othon—pushes stupefied viewers unfamiliar with the texts,
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‘Twin Peaks’ Star Sherilyn Fenn Joins Rudolph Valentino Biopic ‘Silent Life’

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‘Twin Peaks’ Star Sherilyn Fenn Joins Rudolph Valentino Biopic ‘Silent Life’
Twin Peaks” star Sherilyn Fenn has been cast as silent film star Alla Nazimova in “Silent Life,” an indie biopic about Rudolph Valentino.

Vladislav Kozlov is directing and will play Valentino in the film. The movie also stars Isabella Rossellini as Valentino’s mother, Franco Nero as Valentino’s spirit, and Terry Moore as the mourning “Lady in Black.” Paul Rodriguez and Dalton Cyr have joined the cast as an older gigolo and young Italian immigrant, respectively. Paul Louis Harrell will play Norman Kerry, Valentino’s real-life friend, and Ksenia Jarova will portray Natacha Rambova, a true love of Valentino.

Kozlov is producing the project with Natalia Dar under their Dreamer Pictures banner, along with Yuri Ponomarev. The script was written by Kozlov, Dar, and Ksenia Jarova.

Valentino was a Hollywood superstar in the silent movie era and died unexpectedly in 1926. In “Silent Life,” a group of young journalists encounter
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Garbo Talks When Camille Screens for Free April 27th at Webster University

“When one may not have long to live, why shouldn’t one have fancies?”

Camille (1936) screens Friday April 27th at 7:30 at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood) as part of its St. Louis Earth Day Film Series. This is a Free screening and is co-sponsored by Opera Theater of Saint Louis. A post-film question and answer session will be lead by Cliff Froehlich, executive director, Cinema St. Louis

One of Greta Garbo’s best performances on-screen (especially the ending) can be witnessed in the essential romance drama Camille (1936). She plays Marguerite Gautier, a kept woman (by Henry Daniell) that falls in love with another a young admirer played by the dashing Robert Taylor. Lionel Barrymore plays Taylor’s stern father; Jessie Ralph (among others) also appears. Directed by George Cukor it’s based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas’s son and features a screenplay by Zoe Akins Frances Marion and James Hilton.
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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, Grey's, Once, Lethal Weapon, Supergirl, The Night Shift, NCIS and More

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, Grey's, Once, Lethal Weapon, Supergirl, The Night Shift, NCIS and More
Is Arrow‘s Felicity going into business? What drama is Grey’s Anatomy prescribing for Jo? What can Rumbelle fans expect from Once Upon a Time‘s “reset”? Is Criminal Minds‘ Reid a changed man? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

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There has been a lot of hinting and build-up to Arrow‘s Felicity starting up her own company, Smoak Tech. Are there plans for this in Season 6? —Aurora

“That was something we wanted to do last year, and then we got sort of seduced by the Helix storyline,
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Edwards Pt 2: The Pink Panther Sequels and Famous Silent Film Era Step-grandfather Director

'The Pink Panther' with Peter Sellers: Blake Edwards' 1963 comedy hit and its many sequels revolve around one of the most iconic film characters of the 20th century: clueless, thick-accented Inspector Clouseau – in some quarters surely deemed politically incorrect, or 'insensitive,' despite the lack of brown face make-up à la Sellers' clueless Indian guest in Edwards' 'The Party.' 'The Pink Panther' movies [1] There were a total of eight big-screen Pink Panther movies co-written and directed by Blake Edwards, most of them starring Peter Sellers – even after his death in 1980. Edwards was also one of the producers of every (direct) Pink Panther sequel, from A Shot in the Dark to Curse of the Pink Panther. Despite its iconic lead character, the last three movies in the Pink Panther franchise were box office bombs. Two of these, The Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, were co-written by Edwards' son,
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Lubitsch Pt.II: The Magical Touch with MacDonald, Garbo Sorely Missing from Today's Cinema

'The Merry Widow' with Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald and Minna Gombell under the direction of Ernst Lubitsch. Ernst Lubitsch movies: 'The Merry Widow,' 'Ninotchka' (See previous post: “Ernst Lubitsch Best Films: Passé Subtle 'Touch' in Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking.”) Initially a project for Ramon Novarro – who for quite some time aspired to become an opera singer and who had a pleasant singing voice – The Merry Widow ultimately starred Maurice Chevalier, the hammiest film performer this side of Bob Hope, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler – the list goes on and on. Generally speaking, “hammy” isn't my idea of effective film acting. For that reason, I usually find Chevalier a major handicap to his movies, especially during the early talkie era; he upsets their dramatic (or comedic) balance much like Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese's The Departed or Jerry Lewis in anything (excepting Scorsese's The King of Comedy
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Cummings' Ten-Year Death Anniversary: From Minor Lloyd Leading Lady to Tony Award Winner (Revised and Expanded)

Constance Cummings: Actress in minor Hollywood movies became major London stage star. Constance Cummings: Actress went from Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra to Noël Coward and Eugene O'Neill Actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned more than six decades on stage, in films, and on television in both the U.S. and the U.K., died ten years ago on Nov. 23. Unlike other Broadway imports such as Ann Harding, Katharine Hepburn, Miriam Hopkins, and Claudette Colbert, the pretty, elegant Cummings – who could have been turned into a less edgy Constance Bennett had she landed at Rko or Paramount instead of Columbia – never became a Hollywood star. In fact, her most acclaimed work, whether in films or – more frequently – on stage, was almost invariably found in British productions. That's most likely why the name Constance Cummings – despite the DVD availability of several of her best-received performances – is all but forgotten.
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A Unique Superstar: 20th Century Icon Garbo on TCM

Greta Garbo movie 'The Kiss.' Greta Garbo movies on TCM Greta Garbo, a rarity among silent era movie stars, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” performer today, Aug. 26, '15. Now, why would Garbo be considered a silent era rarity? Well, certainly not because she easily made the transition to sound, remaining a major star for another decade. Think Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, William Powell, Fay Wray, Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, John Barrymore, Warner Baxter, Janet Gaynor, Constance Bennett, etc. And so much for all the stories about actors with foreign accents being unable to maintain their Hollywood stardom following the advent of sound motion pictures. A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer star, Garbo was no major exception to the supposed rule. Mexican Ramon Novarro, another MGM star, also made an easy transition to sound, and so did fellow Mexicans Lupe Velez and Dolores del Rio, in addition to the very British
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Watch: 'Lego Movie' Directors Have a Crazy Secret Movie Hidden Inside 'Annie'

One of the most memorable parts of Annie is when she gets to go to the movies and experience watching an exciting story unfold right in front of her on the big screen. In the 1982 version of Annie -- which is set in the early '30s -- Annie goes to the theater to watch the classic Camille, starring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor. In the 2014 update, due in theaters this weekend, Annie found herself at the movies to watch a film called Moonquake Lake. So what in the world is Moonquake Lake? Well, it's a fake movie (unlike the very real Camille) and it stars real-life couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, among others. According to its equally-as-fake credits, it was directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys behind The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street, and based...

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Watch: 'The Lego Movie' Directors' Secret Movie In 'Annie'

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One of the most memorable parts of Annie is when Daddy Warbucks takes her to the movies. In the 1982 version of Annie, which is set in the early '30s, Annie sees the classic Camille starring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor. In the 2014 update, in theaters this weekend, Annie gets to see a movie called MoonQuake Lake. What in the world is MoonQuake Lake? Well, it's a fake movie (unlike the very real Camille) and it stars real-life couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila...

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Grant Not Gay at All in Gender-Bending Comedy Tonight

Cary Grant films on TCM: Gender-bending 'I Was a Male War Bride' (photo: Cary Grant not gay at all in 'I Was a Male War Bride') More Cary Grant films will be shown tonight, as Turner Classic Movies continues with its Star of the Month presentations. On TCM right now is the World War II action-drama Destination Tokyo (1943), in which Grant finds himself aboard a U.S. submarine, alongside John Garfield, Dane Clark, Robert Hutton, and Tom Tully, among others. The directorial debut of screenwriter Delmer Daves (The Petrified Forest, Love Affair) -- who, in the following decade, would direct a series of classy Westerns, e.g., 3:10 to Yuma, The Hanging Tree -- Destination Tokyo is pure flag-waving propaganda, plodding its way through the dangerous waters of Hollywood war-movie stereotypes and speechifying banalities. The film's key point of interest, in fact, is Grant himself -- not because he's any good,
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Death, Illness, Art and Oil: 87th Academy Awards' Documentary Short Semi-Finalists

Best Documentary Short Films Oscar 2015: Illness and death are top subjects (photo: 'White Earth' by J. Christian Jensen) Eight films — most of them featuring illness and/or death as their focus — remain in the running for the 2015 Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Of those eight semi-finalists, three to five titles will be shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards. (Scroll down to vote in our Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar 2015 poll.) The remaining eight Oscar 2015 contenders are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their directors and, in parentheses, their production companies: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Perry Films) Joanna, directed by Aneta Kopacz (Wajda Studio). Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, directed by Jeff Dupre (Show of Force) The Lion's Mouth Opens, directed by Lucy Walker (Tree Tree Tree) One Child,
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Ten Best Actress Nominees Who Were Nominated for Heartbreaking Films (Spoilers)

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The Fault in Our Stars features Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus “Gus” Waters, two teens who meet at a cancer-survivor support group. Though Hazel is initially skeptical about getting close to Gus and warns him of her worsening condition, Gus still falls for her. As the two fall in love, Gus relapses, and he dies shortly after they return from their romantic trip to Amsterdam. The adaptation of John Green’s novel of the same name was a box-office smash and has earned Woodley some Oscar buzz. Should Woodley receive a nomination for this role, she would join the list of best actress nominees who have been nominated for their roles in heartbreaking films.

Some of the most well-known tragic love stories didn’t score any leading actress nominations, though. For example, Natalie Wood was not nominated for her
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Vampire Diaries, Walking Dead, Bones, Bates, Dixie, Chi Fire, Witches and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Vampire Diaries, Walking Dead, Bones, Bates, Dixie, Chi Fire, Witches and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: I’m still Team Stelena on The Vampire Diaries. Is there any hope? —Allison

Ausiello: Never give up hope, Allison! Elena’s emotions are all over the place in Season 6 and I have it on good authority that her love life is going to be far from dormant. In fact, I hear she’ll be locking lips with a handsome fella in Episode 3 — and his name does not rhyme with Shmamon.

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Board of Governors Bias: Bacall, Garbo Among Rare Female Winners of Academy's Honorary Award

Honorary Oscars have bypassed women: Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall among rare exceptions (photo: 2013 Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner Angelina Jolie) September 4, 2014, Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy's other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to
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The Second-Hand Illusion: Notes on Cukor

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The following is an essay featured in the anthology George Cukor - On/Off Hollywood (Capricci, Paris, 2013), for sale at www.capricci.fr.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will be running a complete retrospective on the director, "The Discreet Charm of George Cukor," in New York December 13, 2013 - January 7, 2014. Many thanks to David Phelps, Fernando Ganzo, and Camille Pollas for their generous permission.

The Second-hand Illusion:

Notes on Cukor

Above: The Chapman Report (1962), A Life of Her Own (1950)

“There’s always something about them that you don’t know that you’d like to know. Spencer Tracy had that. In fact, they do all have that – all the big ones have it. You feel very close to them but there is the ultimate thing withheld from you – and you want to find out.” —George Cukor1

“Can you tell what a woman’s like by just looking at her?” —The Chapman Report
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Exclusive: George Cukor Retrospective Trailer for 'Camille' Starring Greta Garbo

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Exclusive: George Cukor Retrospective Trailer for 'Camille' Starring Greta Garbo
George Cukor was one of Hollywood’s most successful and versatile filmmakers: a master of the musical drama, the screwball comedy, the domestic thriller, and the literary adaptation--not to mention a legendary director of actresses, guiding the likes of Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, and Judy Garland to career-defining performances. In collaboration with the Locarno Film Festival, New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting a complete overview--the first in many years in New York--of the director's remarkable career. To drum up anticipation for the series that launches Dec. 13 (go here for the full lineup), Indiewire will be premiering exclusive retrospective trailers over the next few days for a number of the films playing. Today's pick: "Camille," starring Greta Garbo as a doomed 19th-century Parisian courtesan.
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Rewind TV: The Returned; Confessions of an Alien Abductee; The Fall; Dates; Agnetha: Abba and After – review

The French served up exquisite corpses, The Fall raced to a hasty conclusion, and marauding aliens inspired a fit of the giggles

The Returned (C4) | 4oD

Confessions of an Alien Abductee (C4)

The Fall (BBC2) | iPlayer

Dates (C4) | 4oD

Agnetha: Abba and After (BBC1) | iPlayer

New French subtitled thriller The Returned had a novel twist – the body count went into reverse. People who had been dead for years came back to life, returning to a small Alpine town situated next to a vast dam, which seemed to serve as a bleak concrete metaphor for eternity.

Right from the opening sequence, when a pinned dead butterfly fluttered back to life, themes of oblivion and resurrection were everywhere. Camille (Yara Pilartz), who had died when her school coach skidded sickeningly into the dam, returned just as parents were discussing a memorial for her and her lost schoolmates. Camille was touchingly oblivious to how dead she was,
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