“I’d Rather Be Dead”: Food Parody in Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?” (1978)

***This post is part of the Food in Film Blogathon, hosted by the Speakeasy blog and the Silver Screenings blog.*** ***Spoilers: My apologies for some of the heavy spoilers at the end here but they are necessary for my discussion of the way food takes part in the film.*** Max (Robert Morley): Cut down? I … Continue reading “I’d Rather Be Dead”: Food Parody in Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?” (1978)

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Escaping Reality – Joan Fontaine and Joseph Cotton in September Affair (1950)

***This post is part of the Joan Fontaine Centenary Blogathon, hosted by Crystal of the In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood blog. *** ***Some spoilers*** Maria (Francoise Rosay): “What you’re doing is selfish, cowardly, and wrong — a poor foundation for happiness.” (September Affair, 1950) Joan Fontaine is probably best known for her … Continue reading Escaping Reality – Joan Fontaine and Joseph Cotton in September Affair (1950)

Thinking of a Home: Katharine Hepburn in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)

***This post is part of the Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn Blogathon, hosted by Crystal of the In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood blog. *** ***Some spoilers*** James (Ralph Richardson): “I’m not you’re jailor. This isn’t a prison.” Mary (Katharine Hepburn): “No. I know you can’t help thinking it’s a home.” In my … Continue reading Thinking of a Home: Katharine Hepburn in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)

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)

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)