Unprecedented Fluidity: Beatriz Michelena in Salomy Jane (1914)

***This post is part of the Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage Blogathon, hosted by Aurora of the Once Upon a Screen blog. *** ***Some spoilers*** “The variations on the role of the Western heroine found in Michelena’s characters are unusual for their time, allowing for an unprecedented fluidity in both ethnic and gender identity.” (Lyons, par. 6) … Continue reading Unprecedented Fluidity: Beatriz Michelena in Salomy Jane (1914)

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The First Female Mad Scientist – Malita in The Devil-Doll (1936)

***This post is part of the Movie Scientist Blogathon, hosted by Christina Wehner.***  ***Some spoilers*** “[The film] has, in the person of Malita, what… may be the silver screen’s very first female mad scientist.” (El Santo, par. 9) A few weeks ago, I participated in the Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon with this blog post. I focused … Continue reading The First Female Mad Scientist – Malita in The Devil-Doll (1936)

Too Smart For Her Own Good: Ingrid Bergman in Hedda Gabler (1962)

***This post is part of The 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon, hosted by Virginie Pronovost of The Wonderful World of Cinema. *** ***Some spoilers*** “[Hedda] can be witty and charming. She’s knowledgeable and smart – and that is the problem. Hedda Gabler is too smart for her own good.” (Silver Screenings, par. 3) I’ve been a classic film … Continue reading Too Smart For Her Own Good: Ingrid Bergman in Hedda Gabler (1962)

A Villainous Crook: Lionel Barrymore in The Show (1927) and The Devil-Doll (1936)

***This post is part of the Third Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon, hosted by Crystal of In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. *** ***Some spoilers*** I once read that the Barrymores were considered the first family of the American theater and it’s easy to see why. Of course, most of us are familiar with … Continue reading A Villainous Crook: Lionel Barrymore in The Show (1927) and The Devil-Doll (1936)

A Walking Personality: Greta Garbo in Grand Hotel (1932)

***This post is part of the En Point: The Ballet Blogathon, hosted by Christina Wehner. *** ***Some spoilers*** “Mr. Goulding's avowed intention in bringing [Grand Hotel] to the screen was to use the camera as a ‘walking personality,’ letting it follow the tangled destinies of the central characters of the Continental setting as an invisible … Continue reading A Walking Personality: Greta Garbo in Grand Hotel (1932)

A Moony Romantic Glow: Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen, and Tim Robbins in Miss Firecracker (1989)

***This post is part of the My Favorite Movie Threesome Blogathon, hosted by the Movie Movie Blog Blog. *** ***Some spoilers*** As most of my readers know, I’m a huge fan of classic films and I love to throw my hand in when there’s a blogathon going on. Now, I don’t consider films of the … Continue reading A Moony Romantic Glow: Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen, and Tim Robbins in Miss Firecracker (1989)