Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cecil's City

     Hollywood gets a lot of well-deserved criticism for destroying it's heritage.  I understand their need for "new and better", but I feel the best they have is mostly in the past.  So imagine my delight when I read about a recently unearthed Hollywood treasure.  It's no secret I love Cecil B. DeMille, for his films and radio work.  One of his great accomplishments is the film The Ten Commandments (1923).  From the silent version (not the Charlton Heston epic), scientists have unearthed a giant sphinx.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Warner Archive Wednesday - The Swan Swag

You may bid on the lovely dress Grace Kelly wore in The Swan from Profiles in History.  I would love to be able to own a bit of film history like this - but alas, when one can't afford food and heat, Grace Kelly dresses surely aren't in my budget.  Starting at an astounding $20,000 opening bid (I assume it's the Grace Kelly factor), there is no way I can see this treasure.  As you may remember, I reviewed The Swan a few months ago.  While I found the film quite frustrating, the costumes were glorious.  So if you have a nest egg to spare, the bidding is at 11:00 am October 18, 2014.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Links of the Week - Makeup and Madness

Empire has an amazing post with the photographs and stories of iconic movie makeup.  The stories corresponding these amazing photographs are almost impossible to believe.  It makes me have much more respect for the pioneers of the field - especially the amazing Jack Pierce.  He created so many of the iconic movie monsters such as the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.  I couldn't take my eyes off these photographs.  They were amazing!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fashion Friday - Dracula

Not many people think about the fashion involved in horror films.  I personally think the fashion is an integral part of these gems.  They set the mood for the wonderful scenes in the film.  Who doesn't look at the suave Bela Lugosi and think Dracula?  There is conflicting information about who created the iconic look, but Bela Lugosi is largely credited with popularizing the tuxedo and cape look.  While actor Raymond Huntley apparently was the first to use this look in the 1924 London stage adaptation, not many people know it [1].

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fashion Friday - Lucky Lucy

Elois Jenssen black and pink gown costume sketch for Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy (Desilu, 1951-1957)


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