Archive for August 21, 2008

Quote of the Day: Premonitions of Mortality

Posted in FILM on August 21, 2008 by dcairns

“Valentino asked for the works — $5 for forty-five minutes. Winton, whom many of the big stars consulted, told him that he would soon be going on a long journey, that he would see even greater glories in his career, but that his life would be short. ‘It isn’t the first time you’ve told me that,’ Valentino said, ‘I know my life-line is short, but I’m sure that I’ll still be coming here in twenty years time.’ ‘I only wish that were so,’ Winton replied. ‘But sadly, that isn’t what I read in your palm.’ Later, I asked Valentino why he kept returning to this clairvoyant only to listen to bad news. Then he told me, ‘Because everything else that he’s told me has come true.’

~ Robert Florey, quoted in David Bret’s Valentino, a Dream of Desire.

David Wingrove loaned Fiona this book, with the warning that Bret doesn’t tend to give his sources, and does tend to say things that nobody else has ever alleged, so it’s hard to be sure how reliable he is. In particular, Bret’s Valentino appears to have had sex with every man he ever met, and possibly some he never met.

The quote is presumably from Florey’s autobiography, which at least I know does exist, but I think only in French.

Anyhow, these intimations of doom give me a chance to mention again that my chum Maja Borg’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU’RE DEAD is showing tonight at 8:30 on More4 in the First Cuts season. See Maja travel to Romania to confront the clairvoyant who told her she was going to die before her 25th birthday…

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Law of the Ladies

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on August 21, 2008 by dcairns

Thanks to Fiona for finding a book with a title that nearly pushes Clint Eastwood: Sexual Cowboy from the official Top Spot (a good book title should lodge in the reader’s mind and immediately make them want to take a bath).

I give you Jude Law: A Man For All Ladies by “McVicar” (the ’70s stick-up artist?). This has everything a title could possibly need, with the possible exceptions of taste, charm and attraction. I particularly like the evocation of a play and film with which Law has no obvious connection, and which has nothing to do with the title’s overall premise, which is presumably that Law has some kind of irresistible appeal to the fairer sex (Fiona prefers Peter Lorre).

I will say this for Law — he makes a very good robot.