The looked at Merle crossing paths with Maria Montez into the Universal commisary is just too delicious.
David, From the Powell stating that and in addition thought it had been insanely odd. I have the impression that many Hollywood individuals, whatever variety of casual slurs they may utter, simply sort of shrugged it off–when these weren’t sleeping with both sexes like rabbits in heat, this is certainly. (that is not a critique, head you, i believe the part that is rabbits-in-heat certainly one of Hollywood’s great charms. ) We have seen the Turhan Bey extravaganza and seeing Oberon in costume because of it simply allows you to genuinely believe that everyone was consciously ignoring the most obvious. It had been exactly about deniability, i suppose.
P.S. Warmest congrats regarding the Red Shoes gig!! Which will be a pleasure to read.
To commemorate the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth this I’m hoping to track down and re-watch A Song to Remember, with Cornel Wilde as Chopin and Queenie herself as George Sand, always trying to steal Chopin away to Majorca year. We remember it as being a undoubtedly terrible film, but i am not exactly the snob I happened to be once I saw it (or maybe yet another sort of snob). It can have one or more priceless scene, though: while Chopin, newly found its way to Paris from Poland, will be told he’s too old to be a child prodigy ( which he undoubtedly is), he hears their music being played into the space door that is next. Who ought to be playing it however the planet’s best pianist, Franz Liszt? Chopin joins within the performance, so when the 2 guys shake fingers, each goes on playing the songs, one hand each. Ridiculous. Marvellous.
My fave rabbit-in-heat has become Burt Lancaster.
David, my favorite RIH is Oliver Reed. He had been therefore unapologetically sleazy it becomes actually endearing.
Estienne, the Chopin was seen by me movie many years and many years ago, and I do not remember that scene. I really do keep in mind Paul Muni planning to see Oberon-as-Sand whenever Chopin is dying. She actually is posing for the painter (wait for this) and icily informs Muni this woman isn’t geting to go running down to some deathbed. I’m able to nevertheless remember her snapping, “Continue, Mr. Delacroix! ” But that is about all i will dredge up from memory. We bet it appears great, however.
Anybody seen Queenie in This Love of Ours, dir. William Dieterle? May be worthwhile, with him in the helm.
Showing on which took place with Oberon, things have not changed that much. The Hawaiian born Maggie Q had to visit Hong Kong in order to become a film celebrity. She actually is just gotten a few supporting roles in big Hollywood movies, although a revival for the television show Nikita might alert the masses from what us Hong Kong movie watchers have actually understood for years. Nor could be the demand racially casting that is correct for this part associated with the hemisphere, as there have been complaints regarding Ms. Quigley’s starring within the duration epic Three Kingdoms.
Ah, but Song to keep in mind has its own priceless scenes (if he continues on this concert trip it’ll literally and also kill him! ” “Discontinue that alleged polonaise nonsense! Though i am hoping my memory is not playing tricks): “”
Ida Lupino as Cathy, though We hear Yojimboen clucking skeptically 3,000 kilometers away.
In reality, Delacroix’s portrait of Sand had been a dual portrait with Chopin (this is actually the famous one on innumerable Chopin tracks). He later slice the canvas in 2.
Peter, whenever Lincoln Center revived Carousel a bit right right back they cast a black colored girl in an integral part and you also would not think the whining from some individuals. Maggie Q should indeed be great, she has that don’t-fuck-with-me-I’m-a-goddess quality that we revere in most my feminine stars.
XT, i did not also understand Delacroix actually painted Sand, I was thinking which was the moviemakers saying, “let’s slot an additional duration celebrity! ” the real means they frequently did. Now I seem to recall that there is an awful lot of “should Chopin FIGHT for Poland! ” stuff that I cast back my memory. Could it be on DVD, We wonder?
Siren, do you ever reach begin to see the Epic That Never ended up being? If We remember, we talked about it right here many years ago.
I am with you in the Merle appeal. Really stunning, but little draw.
June Duprez, regarding the other hand, place the whammy on me personally years back. When American film Classics revealed movie that is american (without interruption, believe it or not), we viewed (and re-watched) June into the faux horror film, The Brighton Strangler (1945). No major accomplishment, however it possessed a strange aura about this.
Forgive my stupidity, but exactly what’s a bunny in temperature?
A bit is read by me about Merle Oberon’s denial of her mom into the Norma Shearer biography. I possibly couldn’t assist but hate her a little.
We have pale epidermis and thus does my mom but my grandmother is really a dark-skinned dominican girl with blended history of Spanish, Taino and African. m.sextpanther My mom (nor we for example) would never ever reject her, or conceal her, or refer to her as any such thing other than what this woman is. I am aware that Merle Oberon originates from another time, but I’m able to never ever get together again the denial of just one very very own’s history. In my experience it is simply simple incorrect.
Great post! Many thanks.
Siren, if we had been adept at these plain things i’d offer a hyperlink to D’s Sand portrait. Delacroix had been an extremely friend that is close of and Sand.
I do believe all of us agree totally that the recording of imaginative genius (ok, maybe maybe perhaps not Sand, though she had been a fantastic girl) is hopeless. The main reason, i do believe, Impromptu did wonders ended up being so it portrayed contemporary “creative” kinds masquerading as Chopin, Liszt (Julian Sands, for Jesus’s benefit! ), Delacroix, Sand (do not keep in mind if Musset made the cut).
Flickhead, that is simply me personally choosing an animal that seemingly have a love life that is active. I guess I could have gone with kitties or dogs as well as pigeons.
Raquelle, this entire piece had been me personally determining whether or perhaps not to hate Merle. We nevertheless have not comprised my brain and perhaps I never will.
I would personally simply just just take everything compiled by Higham and Moseley with a huge grain of sodium, honestly. Oberon ended up being an extremely good actress. Wuthering Heights was great and her performance in Divorce of Lady X revealed her comic skill also. In addition like Beloved Enemy and First works Courage with Brian Aherne. I’m not sure why Oberon is really so often maligned, frankly. I usually seen her known as simply stunning and that bothers me personally. Clearly many people are eligible to their viewpoint, but we wonder just exactly how gossip that is much her remedy for her mother effect people’s judgment of her skill.
Sweet to see some shout-outs to June Duprez. None however the Lonely Heart is a much better movie on her behalf being inside it.
I believe that Cathy in “WUTHERING HEIGHTS” ended up being certainly one of her most readily useful functions. Oberon had been crazy sufficient within the part without going over-the-top. And I also question that Wyler could have permitted her to portray Cathy this kind of a manner that is over-emotional.
Have actually I ever been a fan that is major of? No, I haven’t. But we nevertheless think that she had been a fairly damn good actress whenever the part demanded it.
Wyler’s ”Wuthering Heights” is decent in lots of respects, it receives the brutal nature regarding the course relations when you look at the guide and Olivier is Heathcliff but Merle Oberon is just too innocent and too good which Cathy was not.