21 August – Birthday Cake for Filmfolk

August 21, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Film, FILM | 0 Comments |

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We don’t suggest film-makers are horses, but several interesting players celebrate birthdays today…

1892: Charles Vanel

“What are you looking at?”

Charles was the whispery menace of films of the 1940s and 1950s, most memorably in The Wages of Fear (above) and To Catch a Thief (below).

1924: Jack Weston

His career didn’t have many highlights, but as Elaine May’s corrupt and needy attorney in A New Leaf, he was sensational.

Jack Weston’s character is blindsided by Henrietta’s gullibility

1930: Frank Perry

He had more misses than hits, but The Swimmer, based on a story by John Cheever, was out of the top drawer:

Burt wonders where everyone went…

1944: Peter Weir

Probably the greatest Australian director, whose films include The Cars That Ate Paris (below), The Last Wave, Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, Witness, The Mosquito Coast, Master and Commander, and, of course, the sublime Picnic at Hanging Rock.

A most unwelcome Welcoming Committee…

Happy Birthday all!

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