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Burl, Interrupted

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on January 7, 2011 by dcairns

Couldn’t resist.

Burl Ives at the end of Nick Ray’s WIND ACROSS THE EVERGLADES. I remember trawling through Gypsy Rose Lee’s biography, Gypsy and Me, (written by her son by Otto Preminger) in search of movie anecdotes, and the account of WATE was very entertaining. According to the book, after completing the first shot of the first day’s filming, Ray called for champagne, and the set turned into a party. “Gypsy” didn’t approve of drinking at work, so she went in search of the producer (Budd Schulberg). She found him at the bar. There was no point complaining, so she went to her dressing room and lay down and waited to be called. No call came. No more shooting was done that day.

As the shoot went on, the Everglades took their toll — crewmembers were hospitalized with snakebites, fungus grew inside the film magazines, and Ray’s drinking became more of a problem. Reputedly, the film’s ending, from which the above image comes, was shot by “whoever was around” — Schulberg certainly did some of it.

In spite of all this, I find the film pretty enjoyable and interesting. Ray probably did not have it in him to make an uninteresting film, and Ives and his cronies (including Peter Falk and a variety of other gurning plug-uglies) successfully turn it from an eco-parable into a pirate movie.

The Man with the Golden Girls

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2008 by dcairns

Otto Preminger: often seen in the company of blondes. 

A Blonde in Love 

Jean Seberg in BONJOUR TRISTESSE.

The Blonde on the Street Corner

Lee Remick in ANATOMY OF A MURDER.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jill Haworth (and Patricia Neal) in IN HARM’S WAY.

Mr Blonde

Carol Lynley (with Keir “Dave” Dullea) in BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING.

There seems a pattern to these pixie-like blondes. And Maggie McNamara and Jean Simmons have pixie qualities too, even though they’re brunettes. But then one recalls Otto’s flings with Gypsy Rose Lee (who gave him a son) and Dorothy Dandridge, and one realises that even if there is a Preminger “type”, he’s far from predictable.

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