The Present Day Composer #17:
Holiday Weekend Edition

Charles Mingus (1922-1979)

The Art of Cinema #78:
Holiday Weekend Edition

(D.W. Griffith; 1924)

Great Moments in American Architecture #1:
Holiday Weekend Edition

Monticello (Main House)
(Architect: Thomas Jefferson)

The Art of Cinema #77:
Holiday Weekend Edition

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (William Asher, 1965)

They Were Collaborators #53:
Holiday Weekend Edition

Bette Davis and Joan Blondell in 1932, around the time they appeared in Three on a Match.

I'll take this Bette and Joan over Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? anyday...

Selling the Silents #18

Rough House Rosie (Frank R. Strayer, 1927) from the Paramount release book
"The most sensational female bet in pictures today is dimpled dynamite in this story of a girl who got her men by treating 'em rough. Clara Bow is THE box office discovery of 1927!"

This one's reportedly a lost film. Clara in boxing trunks, slugging it out? Who in their right mind would lose this one?

Paul Winchell: T.T.F.N.

Paul Winchell (with Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff)
December 21, 1922 - June 24, 2005

Groundbreaking TV ventriloquist, voice of Tigger and Dick Dastardly (and Muttley), inventor of an early artificial heart, Paul Winchell certainly led an interesting life, although according to his daughter April, not an entirely happy one. I have an old black and white tape of a '50s Winchell/Mahoney show, and it's easy to detect his joy of performing, although there's a weird adult sensibility buried in the material that occasionally seems creepy (although you could say the same thing about a lot of early Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy routines). But I guess the creepiness is probably why I find that old kinescope so compelling.

John Fiedler 1925-2005
By a weird coincidence, character actor John Fiedler, one of the original 12 Angry Men, also died on the weekend. Known by millions as the voice of Piglet in the Disney Winnie the Pooh cartoons, I knew him best as milquetoast patient Mr. Peterson on The Bob Newhart Show, although he had a long career that also included roles in The Odd Couple, Kiss Me Stupid, True Grit and, of course, Honky.

The Art of Cinema #76

Designing Woman
(Vincente Minnelli; 1957)

Tom's Advice #1

Don't ever go into Film writing if you have self-esteem issues.

This Week's Weegee #17

Seminal Image #239

Peeping Tom
(Michael Powell; 1960)

The Art of Cinema #75

Death in Small Doses
(Joseph M. Newman; 1957)

Seminal Image #238

(Carl Theodor Dreyer; 1964)

The Art of the Centerfold #13

Allison Parks
(Miss October, 1965)

The Art of Cinema #74

Kill or Be Killed
(Max Nosseck; 1950)

Camelot: Dramatis Personae #4

Marilyn Monroe

Ancient Voices #10

Walter Roland

Seminal Image #237

Blue Gardenia
(Fritz Lang; 1953)

The Art of Civil War #3

Ejercito Popular (1936)

Adventures in American Filmmaking #32

Today's Adventure: Douglas Sirk Explains 'mise en scene' to
Lana Turner in a Publicity Still from the Set of Imitation of Life (1959)

Adventures in European Filmmaking #1

Today's adventure: Brigitte Helm takes a break from the rigours of filming Metropolis, 1927.

El Cine Del Oro #14

Cortesana (Alberto Gout, 1948)

Great Moments in Marketing #2

Eddie Cantor's Tell It to the Judge board game, early '30s

Tell It to the Judge: the board

Academy of the Underrated #7

Eddie Hazel (with Ron Bykowski, left, early '70s)

They Were Collaborators #52

The Rolling Stones

Camelot: Dramatis Personae #3

Sam Giancana (with his mouthpiece)

Seminal Image #236

Underworld, U.S.A.
(Samuel Fuller; 1961)

When Legends Gather #38

Maurice Ravel and Paul Whiteman (The King of Jazz)

They Were Collaborators #51

Sven Nykvist and Ingmar Bergman

Seminal Image #235

A Matter of Life and Death
(Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger; 1946)

Camelot: Dramatis Personae #2

Judith Campbell

The Art of Cinema #72

I Passed for White
(Fred M. Wilcox; 1960)

Seminal Image #234

(The Eclipse)
(Michelangelo Antonioni; 1963)

The Art of the Centerfold #12

Ashlyn Martin
(Miss April, 1964)

Camelot: Dramatis Personae #1

Jack & Jackie; on Day One

Seminal Image #233

Silver Lode
(Allan Dwan; 1954)

They Were Collaborators #50

Bing Crosby and Eddie Lang

The Cool Hall of Fame #11

Jacques Tati

Adventures in American Filmmaking #31

Today's Adventure: Dennis Hopper is Gripped By a Strange and Horrible
Madness Just Before Making The Last Movie (1971)

Seminal Image #232

Nihon no yoru to kiri
(Night and Fog in Japan)
(Nagisa Oshima; 1960)

Camelot: Dramatis Personae (Prologue)

(in his 'Our Gang' phase)

Seminal Image #231

Cat's Cradle
(Stan Brakhage; 1959)