Woolgathering

Since PhotoBucket decided to delete the above, entirely chaste and safe-for-work image of Claudia Cardinale from my account, I couldn’t use it over at The Daily Notebook for this week’s edition of The Forgotten. So you get to see it here. But do head over anyway, to see how Monica Vitti demonstrates the inessentialness of bared skin in the evocation of the erotic. In other words, check out the lady in the black leather motorcycle duds…

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23 Responses to “Woolgathering”

  1. David Boxwell Says:

    Once upon a time in the west, Claudia Cardinale’s perfectly round, ripe, bronzed, dewy breasts spilled over a whalebone corset.

    And I was fascinated with a woman’s anatomy for the first time.

    I was 12.

  2. David Boxwell Says:

    The comic aesthetic of this excerpt reminds me of a lot of Berlusconi-provided Italian TV these days.

    I think you have to be Italian to find it funny.

  3. I don’t know, I’m northern European and I get a mild chuckle from it. The film has all kinds of stuff going on though, so this bit of pop art slapstick is the exception rather than the rule.

    Cardinale isn’t actually at her loveliest in OUATITWest — those ringlets spoil the line of her face, and the eye makeup is de trop. Eight and a Half was the one that transfixed me with her loveliness. Did not, at the time, connect Guido’s dream girl with the Indian princess in The Pink Panther…

  4. STOP PRESS: THE JUST IN !!

    Organizers Can’t Find Honorary Oscar Recipient Godard
    Hollywood Reporter
    By Stephen Galloway
    August 25, 2010

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Where is Jean-Luc Godard when you need him?
    Oscar organizers have spent almost 24 frantic hours trying to reach the iconoclastic filmmaker (“Breathless”) to inform him he’s getting an honorary statuette — and by late Wednesday they still hadn’t been able to find him.

    Godard, a Swiss citizen born in Paris, is notoriously anti-Hollywood. He’s also anti-flying and has avoided long plane flights, one insider said, because he’s not allowed to smoke. This means Godard, 79, could be one of the rare no-shows for an honorary award. Audrey Hepburn died in 1993 before her prize could be presented.

    “We’ve been attempting to reach him since 7 o’clock Tuesday evening and we have as yet had no confirmation,” Bruce Davis, the executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said late Wednesday afternoon. “We have tried by telephone, by fax, by emails to various friends and associates. We have sent a formal letter by FedEx. But we have certainly not been told he will show up at this point.”

    Davis said that possibility played no factor when the Academy’s board determined recipients of the honorary Oscars, which will be presented in November at the second annual Governors Awards. Other recipients will be Eli Wallach, Francis Ford Coppola and silent film historian Kevin Brownlow. The Americans were informed Tuesday night. Brownlow was awoken in London by a call from Academy president Tom Sherak.

    “They were all thrilled, Mr. Brownlow especially,” Davis said. “He had no idea why the president of the Academy had reached him in the middle of the night.”
    Presumably, at this point, Godard has no idea either.

  5. That is really really funny! Godard’s response to winning an Oscar is cutting of all communication channels towards him.

  6. That’s BRILLIANT. Another masterstroke. He’s still got it!

  7. David Boxwell Says:

    An Oscar for NOTRE MUSIQUE: he might have shown up for that. If provided with Spielberg’s private plane.

    A commercial flight for a Coffin Nail Oscar: jamais, jamais, jamais!

  8. Speaking of leather

  9. A really crazy movie which Jack Cardiff always defended, I’m glad to say.

  10. This looks fun. Oh but – slightly at a tangent – Zeman’s Munchausen works perfectly, because in that film he’s pitted (romantically) against a scientist (the ultimate Romantic sparring in fact).

    Also Cardinale’s face doesn’t seem to be doing Vitti’s any favours.

  11. Vitti’s face moves about a lot. She’s stunning in this film, and the outfit with the blue shirt is even better than the leather. And she’s an excellent clown.

    Cardinale has cinema’s most purely joyous smile.

    I like the Gilliam Munchausen and the Zeman. I’m not sure I find either one dramatic as such, but there are other values beyond the dramatic. And they have a slightly clearer set of rules, or anyway principles, to base their violations of physics upon. BIBL basically seems to do whatever the hell it feels like. Liberating, yet a little exhausting.

  12. david wingrove Says:

    Claudia Cardinale was the highlight of a recent TV documentary on Visconti, in which she came across as the by far the most likable member of the great man’s inner circle. Helmut Berger, Franco Zeffirelli and Charlotte Rampling seemed to be there mainly to settle old scores and snipe and bitch about their rivals. Claudia hadn’t a bad word to say about anybody, and looked simply radiant throughout. Bravissima!

  13. For MY BEST FIEND, the only actresses Herzog could get to say anything nice about Kinski were Cardinale and Eva Mattes.

  14. Maybe the reason Cardinale always seems so CHARMING is she has an almost incredible capacity to act CHARMED. She seemed to be delighted to be talking to Herzog, and seemed to think that his psychotic black book with the microscopic handwriting documenting his mental collapse was utterly DARLING. She’s in the BBC’s Leone doc, saying “Often, today, when I am filming, I think, ‘I wish it was with you, Sergio.'”

    She’s just a big sweetie.

  15. She’s also a smart woman who knows a good director when she sees one. While she never became a global sex-bomb on the scale of Loren and Lollobrigida, Claudia made up for it via the unprecedented step of actually making good films!

  16. Recall an interview quote where she said she was pleased she had never revealed anything about herself in her acting, nor even exposed her body. An intriguing boast in this day and age.

  17. That’s amazing! I always assumed that Claudia had done masses of nudity, but now you mention it I can’t think of a single nude scene (or even a mildly explicit sex scene) anywhere in her films. Radiating the sheer sexual magnetism that she does, I guess she’s never had to do much else.

  18. She always manages to keep covered, whether it’s with Henry Fonda’s chest in Once Upon a Time in the West, or a wet map of Europe in The Adventures of Gerard.

  19. david wingrove Says:

    What can I say? Smart girl! The collective imagination of half the male population of planet Earth is infinitely more potent than anything Claudia could actually show.

  20. To say nothing of lesbians. Here she is fighting again:

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