Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (Novel)

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By Henry Farrell. The critic Judith Crist said, “the guignol is about as grand as it gets”. Film buffs, was Crist talking about Henry Farrell’s short novel, “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” or the 1962 film which it inspired?  Neither.  She meant the film “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte’ which Farrell co-wrote with Lukas Heller, the screenwriter for “Baby Jane”.  But Baby Jane Hudson is more gothicly horrifying on a good day than Charlotte and her lot on a Halloween killing spree. Blanche Hudson, a beautiful and feted film star of the 30s and 40s, has spent twenty dreary years in a wheelchair after suffering a spinal injury.  Her sister Jane shares Blanche’s gloomy Beverley…

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Zulu

August 17, 2017 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Classic Film, FILM, HISTORY, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |
"The Defence of Rorke's Drift" by Alphonse de Neuville (1879-90)

"The Defence of Rorke's Drift" by Alphonse de Neuville (1879-90)

(Dir. Cy Endfield) (1963) This episode in the Anglo-Zulu War pitted some 4,500 against about 150, which shows how important fortifications (strategically useless) can be tactically decisive. The film is a pretty good treatment of the heroic skirmish, in which 11 Victorian Crosses were garnered, and great and good actors display stiff upper lips on both sides: we single out for praise Stanley Baker as the leader of the British defence (a much nicer role than his slimy turn in Accident), Michael Caine as the second in command, the wonderfully named Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead… …Nigel Green as the stern, stout Colour-Sergeant,…

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Martin Landau: Mission Complete

July 17, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Film, FILM |
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Martin Landau (20 June, 1928 – 15 July, 2017) The Varnished Culture will tonight enjoy a libation or two and watch one or more of his three greatest films: North by Northwest (1959) as the creepy (and deadly) apparatchik Leonard…         Or Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) a morality tale, as the tortured soul who learns to live with guilt…           …or perhaps best of all, his sublime portrayal of a moribund Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. Vale, Martin.        

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Yul Brynner

July 11, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Film, FILM, MUSIC |
Yul as the Pharaoh

Yul as the Pharaoh

Yul Brynner (11 July 1920 to 10 October 1985) was a dramatic presence in a number of watchable films, including The King and I (1956), The Ten Commandments (1956), Anastasia (1956), The Brothers Karamazov (1958), The Magnificent Seven (1960), and Westworld (1973). Happy Birthday Yul. Wherever you are, we choose to believe that you are not smoking. But we choose to remember him today for his particular love of gypsy songs, in which he did not sing so much as ‘complain melodiously,’ in the Romani style: x https://youtu.be/afvbC_7Egj8

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The Fourth Man

July 8, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Film, FILM, Modern Music |
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Anton Karas, born 7 July 1906 (died 10 January 1985) The famous zither man, a reluctant star whose original score and composition fitted Carol Reed’s film, The Third Man, to a tee. x https://youtu.be/4xq_iB5p1OA There’s a lot of zither here, but it works a treat, even during the great moment where Holly Martins realises who the Third Man was… x https://youtu.be/V4Wcty7FFJo

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