The year is 1933. According to astronomers, “one of the first observations suggesting the existence of an invisible dark matter came in 1933 when astronomer Fritz Zwicky noticed that galaxy clusters were more energetic than they should be, according to the mass of visible stars in them, and he proposed dark matter to explain the discrepancy.”* Yes, darkness was all around in 1933 but there … Continue reading 1933: A MAGICAL YEAR IN FILM
He’s been called many things: an artist, a visionary, a perfectionist, a genius, a legend, even a fascist. But what Busby Berkeley did for musical numbers of the silver screen was simply unforgettable. While Berkeley had a long and successful career that included being a choreographer and a director, today I only want to address the choreography of his musical numbers that highlights his mastery … Continue reading Busby Berkeley Choreography: Geometric Gems
“I don’t know what the secret to longevity as an actress is… maybe it’s the audience seeing itself in you.” … Joan Blondell Joanie should know. Joan Blondell, born Rose Joan Blondell on August 30, 1906, in NYC, lived her entire life performing on stage and screen. She died of leukemia on December 25, 1979 in Santa Monica, CA. It is bittersweet to honor this … Continue reading Joan Blondell, Shining Star Forced to be a Satellite
May 16th is National Classic Movie Day. Rick of CLASSIC FILM & TV CAFE chose to honor this with the 5 Movies On An Island Blogathon. As Rick states, “the intent is for participants to write about the five classic movies they’d want to have with them if stranded on a deserted island. (Yes, you can assume you have electricity, a projector, big screen, … Continue reading Happy #ClassicMovieDay! My 5 Movies on an Island
What made the Pre-Code era so scandalous, was the content and characterizations in those films made between 1930-1934 in a time when censorship was in name only. In the years 1932-1934, these were the rebellious years of filmmaking where the envelope was pushed so far, the Hays code of censorship was finally enforced. One of the benefits of this scintillating period was the portrayal of … Continue reading Classic Movie History Project: Women In Film 1932-1934
Today is a magical day for classic film fans of Ginger Rogers. As part of the month-long Summer Under The Stars event on Turner Classic Movies, a full day of Ginger Rogers films will be broadcast. For me, I look forward to watching a majority of the day’s collection. I want to share my thoughts on one of these films: George Stevens’ SWING TIME … Continue reading It’s SWING TIME!
Announcing the SEVENTH ANNUAL What A Character! Blogathon December 14-16, 2018 When you re-watch your favorite films, what keeps you coming back for more? A great story with sharp writing? No doubt. Beautiful costumes, swanky set designs, and stunning cinematography? Most assuredly. But the performances are key to any movie. While we all look forward to the popular leading actors, it is the stand-out, scene-stealing … Continue reading Announcing the 7th Annual WHAT A CHARACTER! BLOGATHON
I was thrilled to discover I recently received a Liebster award from film blogger and gal pal, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club. Thanks, Paula! The Liebster award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers. It’s is a fun way to promote fellow blogs and discover new ones. Here are the Rules: 1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.2. Answer the 11 … Continue reading My 1st blog award~ Rock Liebster!